"Show hidden icons" taskbar button shows blank spaces

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When I press the "show hidden icons" button on the taskbar, the UI pops up, but 90% of the icons are this weird blank space / ghost icon thing. When I mouse over one of these blank spaces, it quickly disappears (no text shows up and I can't click on it). This causes the UI to rearrange itself, making it very difficult to press any of the actual icons I want to press. If I mouse over all the blank spaces the UI will eventually look "normal":


However after a while some more blank spaces start showing up. This issue persists after a restart and happens even when I have no programs open. My computer is pretty new and this issue began shortly after updating to Windows 11. I tried searching for this issue online but I can't find any other cases. How do I fix this?


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Ran across this thread that is speaking of similar phantom icons ... can you check to see if any of the recommendations on this thread helps? https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/all/windows-11-taskbars-minisearchhost-problem/e3f... especially the minisearchhost one.