Win7: Taskbar tooltips don't go away or become sticky on hover over items, even when mouse goes away


Sometimes a strange quirk occurs with Windows 7 when the taskbar tooltip constantly appears, even when the mouse isn't on an item.

I'm still not sure what causes it, but symptoms are:

  1. Move your mouse over one of the taskbar items (even if its briefly without stopping)
  2. Move the mouse away
  3. If the tooltip shows up, you've got the same problem I have.
  4. Now if you move the mouse horizontally around the screen (whilst not on the taskbar), the tooltip will change to match the taskbar item which is vertically below the cursor.

I'll try to record it next time the bug occurs.

One solution is to simply restart the Explorer process, but of course you lose some taskbar icons which is quite annoying.


  1. Thanks for that solution. This was really annoying me.

    Would be nice to stop it from occurring again, but at least now I know how to fix it when it happens.

  2. haaa ha ! . i just found another silly way around it ..

    move the icon / task , that is creating the instance of the tooltip

    i moved the network icon, that says "internet connection" and the tooltip was forced to go away ^_^ or something :D :)

    1. haha that's a really good one!
      thanks for that.

      luckily whatever causing the bug is no longer around.


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