OK...while I appreciate this insight, any idea how to isolate which system level item might be causing this? I just wanted to see if any of my installed apps could be causing it, and apparently they're not.
Also, not sure if the "(78281)" means anything. It doesn't seem to correlate to a KB article. Thanks, Niel.
@Linc: I forgot to post that I've already checked the login items and disabled them...they're all app-related. The problem still exists after disabling them.
Any chance this will help: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10763
Thanks, Linc. I probably should also have told you I'm a retired developer and tech biz owner, so I'm very familiar with my computer...but appreciate your words of reassurement that none of this will harm anything. I suspect most folks needing help here don't even have a clue what Terminal is. Even if we don't isolate the offending app here, I usually nuke my Mac every couple of years or so and start over...not for any real reason other than maybe a throwback from the old Windows days...I know it's not necessary, especially since I uninstall all unused apps with a good uninstaller. So there's always a complete reinstall as a last resort.
Anyway, I have a lot on my plate today...but will try to do this later today or this evening and post the results. And I sincerely appreciate your help.
Linc...here are the results of the five steps. I notice two items referenced that are no longer on my system (Microsoft Office & doubleTwist). Let me know if you need anything else.
Step 1 results:
Step 2 results:
Step 3 results:
Step 4 results:
/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins:
DYMO Address Book Addin.bundle
DYMO NPAPI Addin.plugin
DYMO Safari Addin.plugin
Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.plugin
Google Drive Icon Helper
Flip4Mac WMV Advanced.component
Flip4Mac WMV Export.component
Flip4Mac WMV Import.component
Library/Address Book Plug-Ins:
Step 5 results:
BoxSyncHelper, PopClip, Bartender, Garmin Lifetime Map Updater, iTunesHelper, MUMenu, Skype, Dropbox, Fantastical, Google Drive, Wunderlist, TransmitMenu, Tweetbot, Google Notifier, TextExpander
Linc...I "completely" uninstalled the one application you recommended (Bartender)...and rebooted. The problem still exists. I am posting a screenshot of the Evernote Menu Bar Helper window which is the problem. Each icon at the top of this window should display it's name when mousing over it, and each should be clickable. Nothing happens a all...the actual window is just as static as the image I'm posting.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else.
If I understand you correctly, your problem is entirely specific to "Evernote." Everything else is working. The only question that isn't specific to "Evernote" is why it works only in safe mode. Possibly some system modification that doesn't load in safe mode is interfering with it.
The only other likely culprits I see are the so-called "utilities" you've chosen to install, such as "Cocktail" and "MemoryClean." They're worse than useless, like all "utilities," so you'd lose nothing by getting rid of them permanenly, even if they aren't causing this problem. If that doesn't help, you'd have to refer to the Evernote developer for support. I don't use the product.
Correct, Linc. Everything else works just fine. Even the Evernote Menu Bar Helper works fine in Safe Mode and also if I add a new user and install nothing but Evernote. It is only NOT working under my account (admin). The developer doesn't have a clue...their opinion is if it works for a new user and in safe mode...it has to be a problem on my end...and I have to agree with them. BTW, I rarely use Cocktail, except for an occasional disk check or permissions repair, and I didn't even realize I still had Memory Clean still on the system. It actually does get good reviews, but as you say, it's pretty much useless.
I'll try a few more things...but ultimately, I'm sure I'll end up wiping the system and starting over again. I'm OK with that...I've done it many times over the years, but it's just a waste of time configuring everything again. Oh, well :-( Thanks for trying.