Resolving Issue of Windows® Taskbar Disappearing
What are the reasons behind the disappearance of Windows taskbar?
The long bar displayed at the bottom of your computer screen is known as Windows taskbar. You can view the taskbar all the time. Windows taskbar comes with four sections which include a 'Start' button, which helps to open the 'Start' menu; a 'Quick Launch' toolbar meant to start programs with one click. In the middle, you can view the programs and documents that you have opened and it allows you to quickly switch between them. Lastly, there is notification area that includes a clock and icons in order to communicate the status of certain programs and computer settings. Sometimes, this taskbar disappears due to many reasons. If the user has changed some settings carelessly, this taskbar would go missing. This problem would also occur because of the error ocurring from different programs. Sometimes, malware and unwanted threats like viruses would also be responsible for the missing of the taskbar in the Windows Vista system. If the Windows explorer process crashes, your taskbar might disappear.
Following are tips to fix the issue of Windows taskbar disappearing:
- Verify auto hide feature
- Restart Windows explorer
- Use antivirus
Verify auto hide feature
You need to verify that the auto hide feature of the Taskbar has not been enabled. In order to check this, you need to right click on the task bar. You can also right click the 'Start' icon. Click on 'Properties'. Then, in the next window, you have to make sure that the check box to auto-hide the taskbar has not been checked. If the auto-hide the taskbar option is enabled, your Windows taskbar might disappear. So, in order to see the taskbar, disable it.
Restart Windows explorer
First, you need to open the Task Manager by pressing 'CTRL', 'ALT' and 'DEL' together. Then, a new window pops up. In that, you have to go to 'File' and then 'New Task'. You need to type 'Explorer.exe' or 'Explorer'. Then your Windows explorer gets restarted. As a result, it gives the permission to see the desktop icons and also launch the disappeared taskbar.
Since these issues are sometimes caused by the malware, you have to run an antivirus. It is always better to launch this application from the Safe Mode. In order to get to safe mode, you have to press 'F8' during the bootup process. Some of the different types of malware and viruses would cause the altering of system settings and properties. So, you need to fix this problem creating malware. These types of malware and viruses would enter through the Internet. So, you have to be more careful while browsing the Internet and try to avoid the entry of these threats.
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