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Windows 7: Notification Area behaving abruptly

08 Apr 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit SP1
 
 
Notification Area behaving abruptly





No matter what and where I search, I found no solution to my problem.
My notification area is behaving strangely :
By default if one clicks the clock, the network icon or that small triangle arrow that shows the list of hidden icons, the clock or the list should remain on screen so further action can be taken but mine clock or other list disappear as soon as I move my pointer on them. Strange isn't it ?
If I failed to make my point clear. Here is a simple example :
When I left click the far right of notification area i.e time & date, the calender appears, but as soon as I move my mouse pointer to the calender or some other area, the calender disappears whereas it should remain on screen to see some older dates or so. The same thing happen with other notification icons like network etc.

P.S. : If I move the pointer at a very fast phase (relay quick) to the opened list, then I am able to use it as normal. The keyboard arrow keys also work if left click the icon and then use the keyboard.

What options do I have to rectify this problem.

Thanks in advance.


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08 Apr 2011   #2

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Run CCleaner and check the item; "Tray Notifications Cache" under "Advanced" options.

Now stop and then restart Explorer.

This clears the cache and resolves most problems.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Apr 2011   #3

windows 7 32 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the prompt reply, but it (CCleaner) trick didn't workout. The problem did not go. I also tried restarting windows after cleaning.
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08 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zmint View Post
Thanks for the prompt reply, but it (CCleaner) trick didn't workout. The problem did not go. I also tried restarting windows after cleaning.

Restarting windows is no use, you have to restart Explorer, ( which is the operating shell), for the repair to work.

Copy and paste the following into a new document:

Code:
@echo off
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
explorer.exe
Save your document with a descriptive name such as restart_explorer.bat. Make sure to save the file with the .bat extension and not .txt.

When CCleaner has finished, click on the .bat file you just created, and Explorer will be stopped and restarted. That should solve the problem.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Apr 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello zmint, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition:

Notification Area Icons - Reset

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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08 Apr 2011   #6

windows 7 32 bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Mike and Brink

I told you it was a strange problem and requires some special wand.
Although I did exactly as you told me to, as a result the obsolete notification icons have gone (cleaned-up) but my stubborn problem is still there to bothers me.

What else ?

Warm regards.
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08 Apr 2011   #7

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

To keep items on screen you have to RIGHT-CLICK on the icon. The display pop-up will then remain on screen until you click somewhere else. Left clicking will also work on some things, but not all, these disappear when you move the mouse away, and you also get a different display on some items if you left-click. Some items don't do anything at all if you left-click on them. If you "HOVER" over an item, it pops up a display which more or less immediately disappears when you move the mouse away form the icon ( how long is remains depends on the delay setting for this action).

This also presupposes that your mouse and other settings are set to more or less "standard" settings.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Apr 2011   #8

windows 7 32 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
To keep items on screen you have to RIGHT-CLICK on the icon. The display pop-up will then remain on screen until you click somewhere else.
I think I am not able to elaborate my problem.
Let me make it simple. We will take only the calender into consideration.

Right click on it pops the the list :

Toolbars
Adjust Date/Time
Customize notification area
------------------
Cascade windows

and so on .......

This very much works fine. It remain on screen.

My problem step-by-step :
1) I left click the date time icon (actually not a icon but actual Date & Time)
2) The calender appears with a clock on right.
3) As soon as I try to move the mouse pointer into the calender say for e.g.
in order to use Change date and time setting ....
the calender disappears whereas it should remain on screen.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
This also presupposes that your mouse and other settings are set to more or less "standard" settings
My mouse setting are default, I never touched them.
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08 Apr 2011   #9

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well, my first resort if anything "strange" is happening, is first to check the system for malware. Some is designed just to annoy you.

Download this;

Malwarebytes

and run a FULL scan. If it finds anything, post the log here.

I don't have a clock and calendar on this machine, ( at least not in the system tray), so I am going to set that up and try it.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Apr 2011   #10

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

It works perfectly for me;



Regards....Mike Connor
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