Can't see mouse hovering over file date

May 22, 2011 at 09:56:38
Specs: Windows XP SP3
Windows XP: if you move the pointer over the time (on the taskbar, bottom right corner) the date appears. Sometimes. Other times, you can see the date box is hidden behind the taskbar and therefore unreadable. Why this erratic behavior? There seems to be no reason for it. A quick look at the date is very useful, when it works.

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#1
May 22, 2011 at 10:36:19
This has been the case with mouseover pop-ups on every MS computer I've had since Windows 95 and up to XP, and not limited to just the date. I haven't noticed it so much on Vista or Win7.

I recall seeing some fixes. "Mouseovers hidden behind taksbar" in google should find them. However I have never found a fix that lasts - they kinda come and go.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.


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#2
May 22, 2011 at 11:59:51
Thanks for rhe comment! Google search gives me quite a lot to go on. Guess my computer has a life of its own, with icons that suddenly rearrange themselves on the desktop, broadband connection icon that sometimes appears in the taskbar and sometimes doesn't...!

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#3
May 22, 2011 at 14:04:40
Seems Windows has to be told whether to show those taskbar icons, although mine usually behave themselves for a while afterwards. As you probably know, the settings are here:

Right click Start button > Propeties > Taskbar tab > Customize button.

I tend to try to get them to stick at "Always Show" or "Always Hide" if possible, which helps (although they sometimes change their minds). The "Past items" list keeps growing. There is a script to clear it but it still grows back.


I think the desktop re-arrange happens when there has been some sort of Windows glitch - difficult to put a finger on it because usually it only happens at odd times.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.


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#4
May 23, 2011 at 00:35:23
I'm glad it's not just me and my machine! Many thanks.

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