Not sure how to describe this but it definitely occurred AFTER installing 2.9.6. When I mouse over any icon on my taskbar, or visible in the tray, I get NOTHING; just a blank white rectangular box (no label whatsoever). Prior to installing 2.9.6, there were labels for each icon so this latest version did something to remove them (or render the writing invisible). Please look into this issue. Thanks.
Fixed in 2.9.7
It sure IS FIXED in 2.9.7 -- THANKS!