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Windows 7: Taskbar bug, doesn't bring programs to front.

20 May 2012   #11

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

You are very welcome, glad that you got it sorted.

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21 May 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Unfortunately the fix didn't last even a full day.
All of a sudden the problem came back and it's exactly as it was before applying the fix...
Do you richc46 or anybody else have a permanent solution to the problem or at least know w way to troubleshoot what is causing it?
I would be very grateful for your help cause I am using my PC many hours a day and it slows my work and is quite annoying.
Thanks in advance :)
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08 Aug 2013   #13

Windows 7 Professional x64

This is a new problem for me, well over a year after the last post in which no solution was found. I wanted to post here for anyone else searching that a very simple solution worked for me: restart Explorer. In Task Manager, highlight explorer.exe and click End Process. Then click File > New Task (Run...), type in explorer, and click OK.

I'm not sure what the underlying issue is, though given various weirdness I've experienced with Explorer through all incarnations of Windows, I would not be surprised to find Explorer itself is the problem. It could be because I always have the Explorer window open because I constantly access my files through it, but every once in a while it just gets totally confused. As I said, this is the first time I've had this problem, so only time will tell if something else is corrupted and will cause the problem to recur, but it has returned everything to normal for now.
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03 Oct 2014   #14

Windows 7 x64


Got the same bug about 1 month ago. I've tested a lot of things to resolve this issue

If there's someone in the same case, hit F5 on the destkop to Refresh. It will work for about 10 to 15min, unfortunatelly...
So, launch your favorite search engine and look for one of those apps that let you combine the mouse's middle button, for example, and F5, so you can refresh faster.

one bug one click

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15 Mar 2016   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Same problem, sfc /scannow didn't resolve the problem, as no errors were found, and Alt-Space didn't do diddly-squat for me.

Bob K's article has moved to here:

I killed all instances of explorer.exe in Task Manager and then clicked (in Task Manager) on File -> New Task (Run), and typed explorer.exe to get a new Explorer task, and this seemed to resolve the problem for some of the tasks in the Taskbar (some now pop up when I click on them in the Taskbar, but still kaput for some of the other ones.

I have not restarted the computer since trying these solutions, however... will report back once system has been restarted.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2017   #16

Windows 7 Pro X64

Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Go to search type cmd

Then right click on cmd and run as administrator.

Then in cmd type this sfc /scannow. If errors are found and it is not fixed. Run it again. It repairs one error at a time.
Mahalo, richc46! I joined the forum just to say thanks!

Was having the same issues where I would select another program from the Windows Taskbar and the program icon would flash, but not give focus or bring to front.

Ran the scan and windows found corrupted files and repaired. Did a restart and everything is back to normal! Now, back to work! :)
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03 Jan 2017   #17

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Glad that my suggestion helped. Happy New Year
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2017   #18

Windows 7 Pro X64
Happy New Year!


Glad that my suggestion helped.
Me too! Hahaha! Happy New Year to you too!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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