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Phantom icon in taskbar when cyclying through Desktop backgrounds

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    Phantom icon in taskbar when cyclying through Desktop backgrounds


    I am experiencing a problem with Windows 8 desktop backgrounds. Using a set of my own photos I create a desktop slide show. As the different photos cycle through, or as Iclick next Desktop Background in the Desktop context menu, I start to get whatI call phantom icons on the task bar. I have included a screen snippet to make my point clear.

    These phantom icon when hovered over show a thumbnail preview. As soon as the taskbar is right clicked or desktop is exited the icons disappear. I have found that the issue is most pronounced when using my own photos in a Background slideshow. When I have a Windows theme as my desktop background I have the same issue ,however when I use a very new Windows theme "Nightfall andStarlight panoramic theme" the issue does not take place???

    A temporary workaround is to use the above mentioned Windows theme or use a single photo for the background. Others and I have submitted to the Windows answers forum Taskbar is running empty/blank programs is this a Windows 8 - Microsoft Answers , but we have not received any answer to date. So, I am not the only user experiencing this problem.

    Any information or advise on this subject would be most interesting to receive.Thank you in advance.

    Regards,
    Everready
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    To keep your slideshow wallpapers and get rid of those empty programs popping up in the taskbar, do the following:

    1. Right-click on the desktop.
    2. Click on Personalization at the bottom of the menu
    3. Click on Window Color at bottom.
    4. Click on the color option that has a COLOR FAN in it, this is the AUTOMATIC option.
    5. That should stop the annoying empty taskbar programs from popping up.

    Just a workaround for now, but you can have the background slideshow.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Dang, Everyready, that seems to have worked. I clicked on the 1st colored fan option, then reset my desktop background drop-down BACK to my Wallpapers folder. No more little pop up icons (for now).
    Thank you! And welcome to the Win8 forum.
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    Solo.
    Posts : 2,159
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Hi.
    That issue have been annoying me too recently though I have the color is set to automatic. But it disappear when I set it to single desktop wallpaper. I will check again with multiple wallpaper.

    Kevin
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Had to do a major edit as I really did not understand what was going on. Like everyready said in his post, its NOT THE DESKTOP BACKGROUND CHANGING that causes the little taskbar icons, it's the WINDOWS COLOR NOT BEING ON AUTOMATIC.

    Set your background to anything you want. Just make sure that the Window Color says Automatic. That cures it. It also sucks to have the Windows Aero broken like this as I like to be able to choose the color of my windows.
    EDIT: Ewww, I just got a bright PINK windows color. Gross!

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    Last edited by johnpombrio; 19 Apr 2012 at 16:38.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    BTW, I gave everyready a rep bump for figuring this out. I don't think many users have gotten a rep bump with only two posts!
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 19 Apr 2012 at 16:41.
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    Solo.
    Posts : 2,159
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Actually I haven't spread much rep. My rep power is only 1. It won't hurt much.
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