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I've recently installed Windows 7, 64-bit. I'm seeing a strange behavior with the task bar.

When I right click a running program on the task bar, a menu pops up, typically with the program name, "Unpin this program..." and "Close window". This is as expected. However, as soon as I move the mouse to try to select one of these options the pop-up menu immediately disappears! It's as if something is stealing the focus as soon as the pointer leaves the task bar.

Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue? Many thanks.

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Did you try a reboot? –  Moab Jun 13 '11 at 16:28
    
Yes I did, no change, thanks Moab. –  Cuthbert Rumbold Jun 13 '11 at 19:10
    
Sometimes it takes more than 1 sequential reboot, rare but I have seen it before on weird Windows problems. –  Moab Jun 13 '11 at 21:36

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I was experiencing the same problem and realized that this was a problem with the focus being stolen by the underlying window through the small gap between the taskbar and the pop up menu, because when I move the mouse really fast, it was getting to the pop up without it disappearing. The solution that worked for me was to go to:

Control Panel->Ease of Access Center->Change how your mouse works

Here uncheck "Activate a window by hovering over it with my mouse"

It worked for me.

I remember that I had this option disabled before the problem started, so some application that I installed must have enabled it.

Hope this helps.

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Brilliant Anoop, that did it! Thank you. –  Cuthbert Rumbold Jun 20 '11 at 13:43
    
Ya, it irritated me to no end too!! –  Anoop Ramakrishna Jun 25 '11 at 8:14

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