[Bug] Taskbar Context Menu won’t Close in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1

If you are a long time reader of this blog, you might be aware of our exclusive "Bug Report" articles. We have reported many bugs found in different versions of Windows OS such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and application programs such as Windows Live Mail and Windows Media Player to Microsoft in past and many bugs were fixed by Microsoft.

A few months back we told you about a bug first found in Windows 8 which caused Taskbar context menu to appear behind the Taskbar. Later we found that the same bug was also present in Windows 7. You can read more about that bug in following article:

Windows 7 and Windows 8 Taskbar Context Menu Bug

Today in this article, we are going to share a similar Taskbar context menu bug present in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Following are the simple steps to re-create this funny bug:

1. First of all you'll need to disable "Animations in the taskbar and start menu" option present in System Properties. To disable this option do as following:

Press "Win+R" keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It'll open System Properties window. Now go to "Advanced" tab and click on "Settings" button present in "Performance" section. It'll open a new window. Now uncheck "Animations in the taskbar and start menu" option.


NOTE: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will have "Animations in the taskbar" option as both the OS don't come with Start Menu.

2. Once you disable this option, close the window and right-click on a pinned item in Taskbar or a running program button in Taskbar. It'll show a jumplist for the program. Keep the jumplist opened.

3. Now right-click on an empty area of Taskbar and it'll show Taskbar context menu (right-click menu). Don't click anywhere else.

4. Now right-click on Desktop and get ready to see the bug. Normally, as soon as you right-click on Desktop, the previously opened Taskbar context menu should disappear and the new Desktop context menu should appear on screen but due to this funny bug, both context menus appear on screen as shown in following screenshot:


5. To end this weird situation, just left-click on Taskbar again and the Taskbar context menu will disappear.

Check out following video to see this bug live in action:

Thanks to our reader "Andre Christian" for sharing it...

Also Check:

[Windows 10 Bug] 2 Context Menus Appear at Same Time in Taskbar


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  • While using Windows 7, I faced this bug too.

  • I don't know if this bug also present in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Recently I uploaded video about Windows 7 Context Menu bugs on Start Button and Taskbar. Link : youtube/eGjzC48u9w4
    But I'm not sure the Start Button bug is present in Windows 8.1

  • this is not a bug, it's a easter egg. finally you find it :D ha ha ha hu hu....

  • Hahaha, maybe microsoft must change their mind again

  • Still present in Windows 8.1 Update 1 (March 11 expected release one).

  • I have the latest updates of my Windows 7 and Windows 8 so I didn't face this bug. The last time I forgot to update my computers, I faced this bug.

  • I faced another bug, the taskbar context menu is behind the taskbar.

  • Seems like this bug is not found in Windows 10 (Build 10240).

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