Solved I can't open programs on the left-side of my taskbar?


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Every time I hover over the programs the blue circle shows up. I can't open them unless I use the desktop shortcuts. It sometimes goes away but more often than not it just won't let me control my taskbar fully. I never experienced this problem on Windows 10.

Update:

Edition Windows 11 Home
Version 21H2
OS build 22000.556
 

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Only based on the icon you were hovering over, it could be that Explorer.exe was having issues... you could try to restart that, but sadly I have no other clues/ideas of things to help. But to help others help you, could you please post your Windows version number so we have a better idea of what you're working with.

To attempt to restart explorer, open an admin command prompt and type the following:
Batch:
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
start explorer.exe
 

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A tip: the right-click of the Taskbar to get Task Manager has been moved to the right-click of the Start/Windows button and can Restart Windows Explorer from there. A number of other things from the previous Control Panel are there also.

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Symbol indicative of programme already running. Restart computer and try again?
 

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Symbol indicative of programme already running.
Small colored underscore under an icon on the Taskbar, Firefox and Solitaire now open.

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Usually that blue spinning circle/ring means Windows or a program is trying to load, about the same thing as ring of dots at startup.
 

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Only based on the icon you were hovering over, it could be that Explorer.exe was having issues... you could try to restart that, but sadly I have no other clues/ideas of things to help. But to help others help you, could you please post your Windows version number so we have a better idea of what you're working with.

To attempt to restart explorer, open an admin command prompt and type the following:
Batch:
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
start explorer.exe
A tip: the right-click of the Taskbar to get Task Manager has been moved to the right-click of the Start/Windows button and can Restart Windows Explorer from there. A number of other things from the previous Control Panel are there also.

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It seems that restarting windows explorer fixed the problem for now. The bothersome thing is that I might need to restart explorer every time I come across this problem but at least it has been fixed for most of the day now!
 

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    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz C16
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    MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ti VENTUS 3X 8G OC
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    2560 x 1440
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    NVMe Gen 4 Sabrent Rocket 1TB (boot)
    NVMe Gen 3 ADATA 512GB (secondary)
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    RM750x Corsair
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    Corsair CW-9060051
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    Corsair iCUE SP120 RGB + iCUE H150i Elite CAPELLIX
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    Logitech G213 PRODIGY
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    Logitech G502 Hero
    Browser
    Edge
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    MAG B550 TOMAHAWK
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    G.Skill Gaming Memory Ripjaws V 32GB (2x16GB) 3600mhz CL18
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    MSI Radeon RX 6500 XT Mech 2X 4G OC
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I'd be running some disk checking software just in case the drive might be failing (programs can hang while Windows tries to start them and/or tries to find better/spare drive space to open the (extra) required files).
 

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    NVIDIA GeForce GT730
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    Acer 32"
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