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Windows 7: Taskbar moves even when locked

12 Sep 2010   #1

Taskbar moves even when locked


I keep my taskbar at the bottom of the screen, using W7 64b, HP fully updated. It seems like occasionally I'll click on a folder on the taskbar, maybe accidentally drag and right-click, (I can't replicate how exactly), but the whole taskbar will end up getting moved to the top of the screen. I though it's not suppose to be able to move if the taskbar is locked, does someone know if it's a bug or maybe an option I can checkbox somewhere to prevent it from moving ever in the future?


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12 Sep 2010   #2

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Wish that I had a better answer, but other may. My solution is to hide it, so that you will not be able to cause it to move
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12 Sep 2010   #3

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I once encountered a similar situation.

Strange as it sounds, the problem was due to a defective mouse.

If you have another mouse, try using it and see if the problem goes away.

Or you can just disconnect the mouse and use your touchpad.
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12 Sep 2010   #4


Alright, I'll see if maybe the mouse is causing the issue, but I sincerlely hope not. Had this DeathAdder 3500 for a while and it does amazing things in games for me.

Also, I know this is a different question.

Is there a way to prevent the icons in the taskbar (applications and folders I have open) from resizing? I would like to have them be of one size all the time instead of changing size as I close or open new ones.

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25 Nov 2010   #5


I've got a new mouse (Steelseries Xai) and it is still doing it. I did a screen capture video also so you can see exactly how it is occuring. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.

This has to be a bug in Windows not my mouse or anything else.

Watch it in 720p and you'll get a good view of it and clearly see I have the taskbar 'locked' checkmarked beforehand. It also annoys me those taskbar folder popups can't go away either....

YouTube - Windows 7 Taskbar doesn't stay locked.wmv
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25 Nov 2010   #6
James Colbert


Odd. Has this happened since you've had the machine or installed windows, or did this start occurring on an existing install? Have you tried running SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker ?

Take note that if you run SFC with a switch that allows repairs, (which includes the 'scannow' switch) you will lose any hacks or changes you've made to system files. Of course, if your problem is a 'corrupt' system file, allowing repair may be your only shot at fixing the problem.

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26 Nov 2010   #7


This has happened since I had the machine, which was a fresh build with Windows 7. I'm willing to bet I could make it happen on any computer. It seems to my belief that the cursor is picking up on part of the taskbar in a weird way when the task-bar folder previews pop up under the classic theme.

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