What To Do If You Cannot Click Windows 10 Taskbar?

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You couldn’t agree less that Taskbar which was initially a minor aspect of the Windows operating system turned out to be one of the aesthetic features of Windows 10.

After the launch of Windows 10 OS in 2015, users get to see a total sophisticated and functional makeover of the OS taskbar. It is now equipped with several additional features, for instance, Cortana search, Virtual Desks and many more. As you continue to use it, you will discover them one by one.

But if such an essential and handy aspect like Windows 10 taskbar becomes useless, it may suffer your pace of work. You would be bound to access everything manually which would have been easily accessed from Taskbar.

Now there are various sorts of issues surfacing with Windows 10 Taskbar, but in this article, we are primarily focusing on the issue when you simply cannot click on the Taskbar. That is the most cumbersome issue you would ever face with it.

But relax…. there are ways to fix it. And the Guide here will demonstrate all those methods as you make your way down reading the article.

Table of Contents:

  • Restart Windows Explorer
  • Re-populate the Taskbar using Command Prompt
  • Re-register the Taskbar using Windows Powershell
  • Shut Down Local Security Authority Process
  • Conclusion

Solution #1: Restart Windows Explorer

Before heading on with critical and complicated techniques, we should try the simplest ones. Restarting the Windows Explorer is one of the simplest and handy tricks. So give it a try first.

Follow the steps as explained below:

Step 1. On the home screen of Windows 10 press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” keys together and the Windows Explorer. Choose “Task Manager” from the menu list.

You can also type “taskmgr” in the “Run” search box and hit “Enter” to access the Task Manager operating Window.

Step 2. Once the Task Manager Window turns up, go to the “Processes” section and locate “Windows Explorer” process from the list of processes displayed.

Step 3. Right-click on the process and choose “End Task” from the context menu. It will shut down all the processes associated with Windows Explorer.

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Step 4. You will see now the Taskbar re-launches it or restarts it in few seconds.

Restart your computer to give it a fresh start, and check if you can click on the Taskbar or not.

In case it does not work, try the next solution.

Solution #2: Re-populate the Taskbar using Command Prompt

If the above method did not help restore the Taskbar, then we would need the command prompt to do the job.

Just follow the step-guideline and you are good to go:

Step 1. Press “Windows + R” to bring up the “Run” search bar. Type “cmd” and hit “Enter”.

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Step 2. Once the black window of command prompt turns up, copy and paste the command given below and hit “Enter”:

DSIM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth

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This trick will surely restore the health of your Taskbar.
Try to click on it and you will know it.

Still not working? Don’t despair…

Few more tricks are waiting up ahead. Try them.

Solution #3: Re-register the Taskbar using Windows Powershell

Windows Powershell feature is similar to the command prompt and here we will use it to re-register the Taskbar.

So if your Taskbar is frozen and you cannot click anywhere on it, follow the steps below:

Step 1. First, type “Powershell” in the Start menu search bar, and when the list of search result turns up, right-click the Powershell entry and choose “Run as administrator” from the drop-down menu.

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Step 2. Next copy the command given here and paste it on the Powershell screen, and hit “Enter”:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

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Step 3. Once you are done with this, navigate to the following directory:

C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local

Step 4. Locate the “TileDataLayer” folder and delete it.

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Within a moment, this will hopefully fix the issue.

Solution #4: Shut Down Local Security Authority Process

LSASSS shortly abbreviated for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service is a process which is mainly responsible for enforcing security protocols in Windows Os. Now sometimes, it might malfunction to turn down the essential components of the operating system instead of the disturbing ones. So, disabling this process may turn around your Taskbar to working mode.

So this is what you have to do:

Step 1. Press “Windows + R” to bring out the “Run” Window.

Step 2. Type “taskmgr” and hit “Enter” to open the Task Manager Window.

Step 3. Head to the “Process” section and look for the process named “Local Security Authority Process” from the rundown list.

Step 4. Right-click on the process and choose “End Task” option.

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Step 5. A confirmation message will pop up. Check the checkbox with label “Abandon unsaved data and shut down” and then click on the “Shut down” button to end the process for the time being.

NOTE: You can enable it later on if you suspect any disturbing components invading your system.

After you are done till this step, restart your computer and check if you can now click on the taskbar or not.

Conclusion:

All the methods mentioned above are tried out methods so they are sure to work. But in case they don’t work out as planned, then you should either update your system drivers or create a new user account. Sometimes the problem might be rooted deeply in your user account configuration. Creating a fresh, new account is the ultimate savior plan.

If you know any further fixes, feel free to share it below in the comment box, or you can mail us. We will be happy to get your cooperation in sharing knowledge with users.

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