[ Solved ] Fix Taskbar Disappears In Windows

by Rohit Khurana on April 18, 2010


Many Windows users some times report the problem of taskbar disappearing, or going invisible in windows while they are working. As said by some of the windows 7 users this happens when they press window key + d which is show desktop shortcut in windows and for some it happens suddenly.


However when taskbar is not visible, still you can access and switch among all the opened programs by pressing ALT+TAB key. We have already posted about a combined issue in which both taskbar and desktop icons disappears, you can read the fix here and here

But if the problem is happening only with the taskbar, then you can follow the methods below to solve the problem.

Method 1


If you suddenly pressed show desktop or window + d to show the desktop icons and taskbar disappeared then try pressing the same shortcut again, taskbar will become visible again.


Method 2

If the taskbar is not appearing after applying the Method 1, then it means that you will need to restart the explorer in order to fix this problem. Here is how you do it as explained below.

1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open task manager

2. Click File menu and select “New Tasks (run…)”
3. type “explorer.exe” and click ok or Enter on the keyboard

Windows explorer will now restart and taskbar will appear properly, once the windows explorer is restarted.


Still if your problem is not solved, then make sure that you don’t have the settings enabled in windows which says auto hide the taskbar to save space on desktop. Just check the taskbar properties for the same, right click on the start button and then select properties and then click the taskbar tab, you will see the option as shown in the image below.


Hope you find this tutorial easy to follow. In case your problem is not solved even after this, please leave a comment below.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Marius February 12, 2011 at 1:54 am

My taskbar dissapears even when I disable auto-hide…

James April 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I have another solution.. if you connect multiple cables between your desktop and your pc, you can ‘trick’ the computer into thinking you have multiple displays. If this is the case, simply take one of the cables out and the taskbar should reappear.

Roadrunner May 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

thanks to James – for making me realize my computer was working with 2 displays, and my task bar was located on the phantom one. That prevented me from getting to Taskbar properties or to the Taskbar at all.
Unchecking the second display fixed the problem.

Mark July 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I’m running win7 on an ASUS laptop and tried all of the above solutions. Still nothing brings back the taskbar for me. I can alt-tab through every program running, but for others in the household that is a task not favored. Any other ideas?

Celine July 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

I also have Windows 7 on a laptop, and none of these suggestions have worked. If i log out and log it again, it reappears, but it is extremely annoying to keep doing so…

Ben July 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Thanks so much. Helped and worked. :)

Lee November 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

When I restarted Explorer through Run on the Task Mng. everything went back to normal ….which is GREAT, however, I have to do it everytime I reboot…This has helped sooo much though thanks…

Dago February 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thx for the tip to fix. Now I know it’s the explorer causing the issue but do you know why this happens or how I can stop it from repeating? Tip, initializing task explorer.exe didn’t work in my case since it was running, I had to stop explorer.exe in the processes and then open new explorer.exe task.

charlie April 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

thx m8:) 2nd method worked perfect:D

wraith April 19, 2012 at 5:04 am

I had to explorer.exe, and then BEFORE closing the window, do the New Tasks–> explorer.exe trick. The taskbar then came back. Thanks for your help, I’d have had to restart the computer without it.

rpyadav April 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

thanks a lot. it works for me.

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