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How to Fix Taskbar Flickering in Windows 10

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Written by Kelly Houstan

The taskbar is actually one of the oldest UI elements on Windows 10 and it hasn’t changed much over the years actually. Microsoft may also have tried to push the Start menu on Windows 8/8.1 as an alternative app launcher. However, most of the users prefer to use the taskbar when they have to open a frequently used program. Just read this article to know all about How to Fix Taskbar Flickering in Windows 10.

The taskbar basically hosts two types of icons; pinned app icons, and icons for apps that are currently open. For some apps, such as Chrome, the icon may also show activity e.g. a download. That is in progress or a badge that tells you there are unread messages as well.

The taskbar can also show the other toolbars and the system tray. When given its own separate name, is really just a part of the taskbar and also not a separate UI element.

How to Fix Taskbar Flickering in Windows 10

Taskbar icons can also show some app activity, however, they’re generally static meaning the icons are never animated themselves. Unless there is activity to show for the app as well. If the icons on the taskbar are flashing or flickering, then it isn’t normal. Here are a few things that you can try in order to fix the problem.

Check the app

It’s also possible that an app icon is flashing as the app is showing an important alert.

  • Tap on the app icon in order to bring it to the front.
  • Now check for any pending messages or flashing alert boxes.
  • Then resolve the message or alert.
  • The app icon will stop flashing as well.

Remove UI modifying apps

Windows 10 permits users in order to modify its UI by installing third-party apps. And they may also cause the icons on the taskbar to flash and flicker.

  • First of all, open the Control Panel.
  • Head to Program>Uninstall a program.
  • hen go through the list of installed apps.
  • Choose an app that modifies the UI or the taskbar.
  • Tap on the Uninstall button.
  • Now repeat for all apps that modify the UI.
  • Restart the system as well.

Run system scan

Try to run a system scan for corrupt or damaged files. The scan will be able to resolve some issues actually.

  • First, open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  • Then run this commandsfc /scannow
  • Permit the command in order to complete and then check if the flickering and flashing stops.

Run disk image check

There may be also a problem along with Windows’ own system files that’s actually causing the flickering. The DISM tool can also scan system files for errors just like this and fix them.

  • You have to open Command Prompt with admin rights. 
  • Then run this commandDISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Checkhealth
  • When the command completes, then run this command nextDISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Allow both commands to finish, and then also restart the system.

Check display drivers

The flickering and flashing may also have to do along with your display driver. If it’s outdated, or if it’s recently been updated, then it may also be causing problems.

  • Just open the Device Manager.
  • Then expand Display adapters.
  • Right-tap on your display, and choose Properties.
  • Head to the Driver tab.
  • The check when the driver was last updated.
  • If it has recently been updated, then tap on the Rollback button to head back to an older version and see if the problem goes away.
  • If the driver is old, press the Update Driver button, and install any updates that are available actually.
  • Now restart the system and then check if the problem is resolved.

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Update Windows 10

This is actually a bug in Windows 10 1709. This version of Windows is well out of date so it’s a really good idea in order to update to the newest version. The update will also resolve the issue.

  • First of all, open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  • Head to Update & security.
  • Choose the Windows Update tab.
  • Tap on Check for updates.
  • Install feature updates that are also available.

Create a new user account

If you guys do not feel like updating Windows 10. Then you guys can always try and create a new user account. The new account is far less likely to have this bug actually.

  • First, you have to open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
  • Head to Accounts.
  • Choose the Family and other users tab.
  • Tap on ‘Add user’.
  • Now set up a new local user.
  • Sign in as the new user as well.

How you can troubleshoot screen flickering

  • The first thing you have to do is to figure out what’s actually causing the screen to flicker.
  • You can instantly find this out via opening the Task Manager through right-clicking the Taskbar and choosing Task Manager. Or you can use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut as well.
  • The next step is basically to pay attention to the screen and then see if the Task Manager flickers.
  • If everything on the screen flickers, however, Task Manager doesn’t. Then you guys are dealing with an incompatible application. In the case that Task Manager flickers along with each and everything else on the screen. Then the problem is most likely to be the graphics drivers as well.
  • When you’ve figured out what is generally causing the issue that you went via the troubleshooting steps. Now you can follow the steps below in order to tackle the problem.

How can you uninstall incompatible applications?

Well, there is a really large number of applications that could cause issues. Mostly you can narrow it down to your third-party antivirus and applications designed for previous versions of Windows as well. If you guys have installed Norton Antivirus, iCloud, and also IDT Audio. These are applications known in the past in order to cause problems.

To uninstall incompatible applications, you have to do the following:

  • First, open Settings.
  • Tap on System.
  • Then click on Apps & features.
  • Choose the app causing the problem and click Uninstall.
  • Click Uninstall again in order to confirm.
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If you guys are uninstalling an app from the Store, there are no further actions to take. But, if you guys are uninstalling a traditional desktop application Then you’ll have to go via the uninstall process too.

Just like that, you can use Control Panel to uninstall a problematic desktop application as well.

  • Just open Control Panel.
  • Then tap on Uninstall a program.
  • Choose the application you want to remove.
  • Tap on Uninstall and go through the uninstall process.

How can you update graphic drivers?

If the Task Manager was flickering along with everything else on the screen. Then chances are that the problem is along with the video driver. In this case, it’s recommended to remove your current video driver when your computer is in safe mode and then reinstall the latest driver update actually.

In order to start your computer in safe mode, do the following:

  • First of all, open Settings.
  • Tap on Update & security.
  • Click on Recovery.
  • Now under Advanced startup, choose Restart now.
  • Click on Troubleshoot as well.
  • Tap on Advanced options.
  • Now tap on Startup Settings.
  • Then click on Restart.

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  • After your computer reboots, choose option 4 to start in Safe mode. Just like that, you can select option 5 in order to start on Safe Mode with Networking.


Well, That all from my side. If you want to know more about this “taskbar flickering in windows 10” article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

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