Accessing Win 11 Action Center


mjw72652

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I can no longer access the Action Center in Windows 11 to see available wifi networks like I used to. If I use Win+A, the action center will open and the wifi available wifi networks can be accessed. Before, I could click on the network icon or the sound icon and it would open. Now it won't open that way. Clicking on the sound icon just opens the volume setting for the speaker, and clicking on the network icon opens a gray block which quickly disappears. Win+A opens everything, so I know the Action Center is working. It's just accessing it that is the problem. Can anyone help?
 
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Do you have a third party app like StartIsBack installed?
 

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mjw72652

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Yes. I am using Start11 from Stardock, TaskbarX, and Explorer Patcher in tandem with one another, but I have them installed and use them together on another computer and that one is fine. I had to use some PowerShell commands on that one to get everything working OK, but that went without a hitch. They didn't work on this one. The Win+A command works just fine, so this is really more of an annoyance than anything else, but I am more used to just being able to click on the icon so I would like to get that working again. Btw, Explorer Patcher fixes the inability to use a third party tray clock (like Atomic Alarm Clock), which Microsoft ruined with the Win 11 taskbar.
 

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Something, somewhere, broke that functionality. I don't use any of those on my system, so offering assistance is limited. However, if they can be disabled, disable them all, see if the icon click works. If it does, enable them one at a time (with reboots) to see which one is actually blocking it, and from there you may figure out what setting needs to be changed in the app blocking.

Bonus - after doing all of this, it may just start working again. Doubtr it, but stranger things like that have happened to users in the past.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * Corsair Vengeance 32 GB 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eve Spectrum ES07D02 280 Hz QHD | Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1440p | 4k
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    ZXT KRAKEN Z73 73.11 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (3x 120 mm push top) + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
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    Logitech MX Master 3 for Business
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable),Chrome, Edge/ß/Dev/Canary
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 x64 Pro build 21H1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryvill 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master (shared) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex
    Browser
    Edge Chromium | Chrome | Firefox Nightly | Brave
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB4
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