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Windows - Taskbar Has Disappeared from the Desktop
This page explains how to get the taskbar to reappear.
SymptomYou cannot see the taskbar (which contains the "Start" button) anywhere on your desktop.
- The taskbar may be hiding at the bottom of the screen after being accidentally resized.
- If the presentation display was changed, the taskbar may have moved off of the visible screen (Windows 7 and Vista only).
- The taskbar may be set to "Auto-hide" (Windows XP with Service Pack 2 only).
- The 'explorer.exe' process may have crashed.
- Put the mouse pointer on the bottom border of your screen.
- If the pointer turns into a double-arrow , click and drag upwards.
- If your taskbar isn't hiding at the bottom of the screen, try moving the mouse to the right, left, and top edges, looking for the double-arrow.
- Press and hold the Windows logo key on your keyword, then tap the P key to bring up the presentation display mode options.
- Make sure "Computer Only" is selected.
- Use the arrow keys to toggle between options and Enter to select the correct display mode.
- Press the Windows key on the keyboard to bring up the Start Menu
- Right-Click on the taskbar and select Properties.
- Toggle the 'Auto-Hide the taskbar' checkbox and click Apply.
- If it is now checked, move the cursor to the bottom, right, left, or top of the screen and the taskbar should re-appear.
- Repeat step three to return to your original setting.
- Open the Task Manager using either Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
- If explorer.exe is already running, select it and choose End Task before continuing on.
- Click the File menu and select New Task.
- In the dialog box, type 'explorer.exe' to restart the process.
If the above solutions fail, or if the problem recurs, please contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance.