Application appears to lose focus - taskbar flashes

When running some programs (i.e. Microsoft Access 2007 and Tinker to name two), the programs appear to lose focus to the task bar in Windows 7.  The symptoms are as follows:  1) program window flashes (for Microsoft Access it happens only with the file open form) and the icon for the program on the task bar inexplicably scrolls to the right and back with each flash.  When this is occurring, it is nearly impossible to select an Access file to open with the Open... dialog or play to play the game Tinker. 

Setting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CONTROL_PANEL\DESKTOP\ForegroundLockTimeout to equal 30d40 seemed to resolve a similar issue with Minesweeper, but not the other programs mentioned above.

One more item to note:  the issue appears to be user account specific.

Any ideas?


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Last updated May 28, 2018 Views 1,057 Applies to:

Hello pabloetu1, 

I suggest you to check in a new user account and see if the issue persists or not. 

To create a new user profile:

To create a new profile, you must first create a new user account. When the account is created, a profile will also be created.
1.  Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety (or clicking User Accounts, if you are connected to a network domain), and then clicking User Accounts.
2.  Click Manage another account.  If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
3.  Click Create a new account.
4.  Type the name you want to give the user account, click an account type, and then click Create Account.
If it works fine in new account, then your current account might be corrupted.

To fix a corrupt account, please follow the steps in the below link:


Savan – Microsoft Support


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