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What happened to my task bar? I no Longer have File, naviagtion, access to report?

Go to click on a program on your Windows taskbar and realize it’s missing? Sometimes, the taskbar will vanish and you won’t see anything at the bottom of the screen, but everything else is gone.

So how do you get your taskbar back? Well, there are a couple of ways you can restore the taskbar, but it’s also a good idea to know what can cause the taskbar to disappear.

In my experience, there are four main reason why your taskbar might disappear:

1. The taskbar is set to auto-hide and is not visible
2. The explorer.exe process has crashed and the taskbar is completely gone
3. The display resolution or main display changed and caused the taskbar to go off the screen


Method 1 – Unhide Taskbar

If your taskbar is hidden, it should automatically show up to the very bottom of the screen. However, if something has gone wrong and this isn’t working anymore, you can turn off auto-hide.

To do this, Firstly you would normally have to right-click on your taskbar, but since that is missing, we have to go through the Control Panel and click on Taskbar and Navigation.

taskbar and navigation

That will open up the taskbar properties dialog box where you will want to go ahead and uncheck the Auto-hide the taskbar box.

auto hide taskbar

Just in case, you should also check to make sure the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen. If it’s on auto-hide and on the left or right of the screen, you simply might not have noticed it.

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