• December 5, 2023

Missing taskbar in Windows 10: reasons and solutions

Are you missing the taskbar in Windows? Then you’ve come to the right place! The reasons for the loss of this panel and how to return it – in today’s article!

Why is the taskbar missing?

The taskbar is an extremely useful element of the Windows graphical interface. However, for some users, the taskbar may suddenly disappear. For some, this happens after turning on the option to automatically hide the panel, for others – at a random moment and for no known reason.

Often the following can be behind the loss of a panel:

  • switching to full screen mode;
  • random resizing of the taskbar;
  • buggy Windows Explorer.

Missing taskbar – how to get it back?

Method # 1 Exit full screen mode

Let’s start with something super-obvious: getting out of full-screen mode. Be aware that the F11 button activates full screen browsers and media players, where the taskbar is deliberately hidden. Try pressing F11 and see what happens. Perhaps you just clicked this button and forgot.

Method # 2 Restart Windows 10 Explorer

The taskbar and other interface elements can disappear when Windows Explorer starts to “junk”. Why this happens is unknown, but the problem is solved by an elementary reboot of Explorer.

  • Press the combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard;
  • find “Explorer” in the list of processes;
  • right-click on it and select “Restart”.

If the whole problem was really with File Explorer, then your taskbar should be back in place. Now you will know what to do if the situation recurs again.

Method # 3 Resizing the taskbar

You may have inadvertently changed the height of your taskbar, which happens if it is not docked. Move the target designator to the very edge of the screen, hold down the left mouse button and pull it up (down, right, left – depending on the location of the panel). Did you manage to pull out the taskbar? If the answer is yes, then right-click on it and select “Dock the taskbar” so that it doesn’t move anywhere else.

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