Constantly losing focus with Windows 10 Anniversary

Mike Caldwell
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Thought I had this fixed, but have not.  When I mouse over an icon on the taskbar and click on it, sometimes it will open a window to an open file or offer its menu that I can select from.  But when the mouse moves off the task bar there is no focus; what was offered just disappears.  Task View is no better.  When I click Task View I get the desktop with small views of open programs, but again when the mouse moves to the desktop everything disappears.  If I do it a few times it may stay up until I can click into one of the small windows.  Even then sometimes I get focus, sometimes not.  I have tried Tablet mode on and off.  This is making me terribly inefficient as I try to work with various programs concurrently, especially if I have a client on the phone.

I am using Windows-64 10 Anniversary edition.  I really can't recall if I had this problem before installation of the Anniversary edition.
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Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industry

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Commented:
Using a Logitech mouse thru a IOGear KVM; the KVM has the Logitech aggregator on its USB.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I never understood your first question either.

I work very effectively with multiple clients and questions.

The only thing in the task bar that you can hover over, it will stick and you can select are the Underlined Applications. Those are the only ones.

Windows-10-Active-Programs.
So in the screen shot above, IE and Outlook are "open" and hovering is in front and I can select.

Windows Version 1607 Build 14393.187
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industry

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Commented:
Then how does one task switch between programs?  Multifunction has been touted as a Windows feature for decades.  I thought the Task View at least would permit it, but it is very spotty / cranky.  Am I supposed to only have one program open at a time?  Geez, shades of logging out and inserting a new floppy disk!

In your example, if you had both Excel and Word open, each with, say, two data files they were dealing with.  That is, two unrelated spreadsheets and two unrelated Word documents, how would you switch between one of the spreadsheets to one of the Word documents?

Maybe I should post a video of the issue?
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Scott CSenior Engineer

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Yeah, you might want to post a video.

If you narrate the video, please be clear an concise.
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Are you sure your computer is up to date with all windows updates and drivers?

Another thing to check.
Open control panel
ease of access center
make the mouse easier to use
untick or tick "Activate a window by hovering..."
restart computer and test.

DirkMare
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Did you try reinstalling Windows 10 from the Media Creation Link?  Keep Everything

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Click on Upgrade to Windows 10 (even if Windows 10 is running), click on the Download button, select Open (Run) but NOT Save. Allow the program to run. Allow drivers to update. Then select Keep Everything.
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industry

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Commented:
John, if I do that, could I go back to the non-Anniversary version?  This issue seems to have popped up with the "upgrade."
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You will always get the most recent Windows 10 version from the Media Creation Link. It does not go backward.
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)

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Not sure, it could be a related issue if I adjust Windows "Visual Effects" to best performance my icons go blurry at 1920x1080 change is back to best appearance it fine.

Got to Control Panel
System
Advanced System Settings
Open Performance Settings
Adjust Visual Effects

DirkMare
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industry

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Dick, that worked!  It is a bit odd though: when I return to the desktop I have to click anywhere on the desktop before the tray icon or nothing happens, but when I do it always opens up the application / data file selected.
Mike CaldwellConsultant to IP industry

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Wow; thought I closed this out weeks ago.  My apologies for the delay.

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