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Taskbar and Mouse Issue

by cburton65 / September 10, 2008 2:10 AM PDT

I have a question concerning the Windows taskbar and mouse control.

My issue usually happens whenever I have multiple rows of icons on my Windows taskbar and I want to click on one of them -- it usually take 2 tries.

The first time I click on the icon, it either acts like I never clicked it or the other row of taskbar icons appears (in that case, I can click the taskbar icon row spinner on the right and restore the desired row of icons and then click on the icon and the window I want then appears as it should have to begin with.) I have to go through the same thing even if my mouse pointer is in the center of the desired icon when I click on it (it acts like the icon is not even beneath the mouse pointer ? the initial click oftentimes does not open the window of the icon I am trying to click on).

Even though I eventually get where I need to be, this can be somewhat of an annoyance. Any ideas or suggestions on how eliminate all this unnecessary mouse clicking?

Thank you,

cburton65

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Multiple rows of icons in theTaskbar
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 4:59 AM PDT

I have occasionally seen a Taskbar with two rows of icons, but never multiple rows.

I feel sure that is where the problem lies.

I have never seen a taskbar icon row spinner either.

Can you supply a screen print of your Desktop with the Taskbar, so we can see what it looks like with all rows visible?

Save the screen print as a JPEG to your desktop, then upload it to a host like ImageShack or PhotoBucket or similar, then let us have the url web address of the image.

Mark

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Taskbar Sample Image Requested
by cburton65 / September 10, 2008 5:43 AM PDT
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Not what I meant, but
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 10, 2008 7:20 PM PDT

I see what you mean.

It is better if you posted a link to an online image hosting site, like ImageShack. I have checked that image and don't see any personal details in it that you might not want to display, so I have done this for you, and uploaded the image to ImageShack.

This is the link; http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/3637/taskbarsampleto2.jpg. This allows anyone, (who may not want to download files), to see it.

That said, I don't know what the solution is. It may be a "Grouping" problem. In Taskbar properties you can select to group similar taskbar icons together, so that, for example, if you have 5 Internet Explorer windows open, they would be grouped together in one icon, with just the icon logo and a number showing, eg "℮ 5", (where ℮ represents the IE logo). Then if you clicked the icon, you get a short menu displayed allowing you to select which Internet Explorer window to re-display.

Another alternative is to drag the top edge of the Taskbar up the screen, so it is wider, and can show more icons.

Two comments about this;

1] Your screen resolution seems fairly low. This is personal choice of course, but a higher screen resolution allows the screen to display more, and so the Taskbar will also be able to display more icons.

2] I would not have so many applications open on the Desktop such that my Taskbar is so full. Again, this is personal choice of course, but the more applications open, the more RAM is taken up, and if RAM is at a premium on your system this can cause performance problems.

Mark

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