How to return the taskbar?

Vladimir Kulinich
Vladimir Kulinich
January 17, 2013
How to return the taskbar?

The Windows taskbar is the bar below the desktop. The taskbar is conventionally divided into several functional areas.

If the taskbar is missing, you should not hurry and try to roll back the system or reinstall Windows: perhaps everything can be solved more easily. If only the taskbar is missing on the desktop, and all program shortcuts are in order and the gadgets are displayed, then most likely the taskbar can only be hidden.

To return the taskbar to its place, you need to move the mouse cursor to the place where it used to be (the standard location is at the bottom of the screen). If the taskbar is not displayed, move the cursor to the top of the screen and to the side of the screen. This must be done in order to see if the taskbar has been moved. The mouse cursor must be moved close to the edge of the screen.

How to make it not disappear

To do this, you must disable hiding the taskbar. Doing this is easy:

  • Click "Start"
  • then select "Control Panel"
  • In it, you need the "Taskbar and Start Menu" item.

Or, you can simply right-click on the existing taskbar and in the opened window select the “Properties” item. In the window that opens, uncheck the box next to “Automatically hide the taskbar” and click OK.

If the taskbar is missing when booting Windows, the reason may be that your account settings are corrupted. Although if you log into the system in "safe mode", the taskbar will be displayed.

There are several solutions to the problem, how to return the taskbar?

  1. Start Windows in “safe” boot mode. A minimal set of drivers will be loaded. Suddenly, a driver loaded by some program is the reason that the taskbar is not displayed (as a rule, video card drivers create such a problem). If this is confirmed, you just need to remove the drivers of these programs.
  2. Log in using the “administrator” account and create a new user account in the damaged location.
  3. If the previous methods do not help, you need to perform a system restore. In this case, all damaged files of the Windows system will be replaced with working ones, and your personal data and files, as well as the programs you installed will remain in place.

Special features

If not only the taskbar is not displayed, but the desktop is not loaded (program icons, gadgets, etc.), this means that the explorer.exe process is not running.

To perform it is necessary:

  1. Start the task manager. To do this, use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
  2. Select the "File" menu, and in it select the sub-item "New task (Run ...)".
  3. Enter explorer.exe in the window that opens and click OK. The desktop and taskbar should be back.

What should I do if the taskbar has moved? How can I get the taskbar back down? If the taskbar has moved, just click and hold the left mouse button on it and drag the taskbar to the desired location.

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