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Windows - Taskbar Has Disappeared from the Desktop
This page explains how to get the taskbar to reappear.
- You 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 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.
If the presentation display was changed, the taskbar may have moved off of the visible screen (Windows 7 and Vista only)
- Make sure "Computer only" or "PC screen only" is selected.
- Use the arrow keys to toggle between options and click Enter to select the correct display mode ("Computer Only" or "PC screen only").
The taskbar may be set to "Auto-hide"
- Right-Click on the now-visible taskbar and select Taskbar Settings.
- Click on the 'Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode' toggle so that the option is disabled, or enable "Lock the taskbar".
- The taskbar should now be permanently visible.
The 'explorer.exe' process may have crashed
- 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 task bar is in the wrong position and/or you would like to move it, visit Windows - Moving the taskbar from its default position.
If the above solutions fail, or if the problem recurs, please contact the UW-Madison DoIT Help Desk for assistance.