How to fix Taskbar is not clickable issue in Windows 11 / 10

No worries! If you are not able to click anything on your windows. Below mentioned methods will definitely solve your problem. The taskbar is an important feature that helps you to launch the apps quickly. There are various taskbar issues users may face like the taskbar button not working, taskbar freeze, etc. One among them is cannot click anything on the taskbar. So let us see how to resolve it.

Method 1: Restart File Explorer

Step 1: Go to the Task Manager by clicking the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys combination.

Step 2: Click on the Processes tab and select Windows Explorer. Click on the Restart button.

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This will restart your Windows Explorer and the taskbar will fade and reappear in a few seconds. Try to click on the taskbar and check if the issue is resolved.


Method 3: Re-register Taskbar using Powershell

Incompatibility with the apps might also be one of the reasons for the Unclickable Taskbar issue.  Hence let us re-register the taskbar as below.

Step 1:  Search Powershell in search box of Windows computer. Right click and click on run as administrator

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Step 2: Execute the below command

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

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Step 3: Once the command is executed, restart your system.

Method 3: Make sure Lock the taskbar option is ON

1 – Right click on Taskbar

5 – Make sure Lock the taskbar option is selected with a tick mark. Select if it is not selected

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Method 4: Run DISM to Restore System Health

Step 1: Click on Start and search cmd. In the results,  right-click on the Command Prompt then select option Run as administrator. Click Yes in User Account Control (UAC) popup.

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Step 2: Execute the below command, it will take a few minutes to process.

dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

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Step 3: Once the command is processed, restart the system.

Also Read: Fix Taskbar not Hiding issue

Method 5: Check the Graphics Driver

Sometimes if your display drivers or graphic drivers are outdated, it may cause the taskbar to stop working. Hence fix your drivers or update graphic drivers and then check if the unclickable taskbar issue is resolved.

Method 2: Run Windows Trouble Shooter

Step 1: Press Win + R keys, type “ms-settings:troubleshoot” and click OK.

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Step 2: In troubleshoot options select Other troubleshooters.

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Step 3: Select Windows Store Apps from the other section and click the Run button.

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Step 4: Fix the issues if the troubleshooter reports any in the troubleshooting wizard and once done restart your system.

Method 6: Scan for Virus and Malware Infection on Windows

If your system is infected with virus and malware, Windows start working weirdly. So there might be a possibility of Taskbar issues. Hence you will have to Scan your system. To do this you can use Windows built-in antivirus software called Windows Defender. In addition to this, it is also a good option to use third-party antivirus software like AVG, BitDefender, etc.

While scanning always perform a full scan on all the drives of your system. If you find any viruses remove them according to the suggestion given by the antivirus program.

Step 1: Type Windows Security in the search bar and click on Open.

Step 2: Click on Virus & Threat Protection. Then click on Scan options

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Step 3: Select Full scan and press the Scan now button.

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Method 7: Switch or Create a New User Account

Try using another User Account and check if the Taskbar is clickable in it. You can also try creating a new user account and check if the Taskbar is working as expected.

I am sure that one of the above solutions would have solved the issue. Thank you for reading this article.