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How do I restore the Microsoft Windows Taskbar and Start button if they have disappeared? - Technical Tip - 155189

How do I restore the Microsoft® Windows® Taskbar and Start button if they have disappeared?

The Taskbar with the Start button on it can be hidden off-screen. To restore the Taskbar, use one of the following methods:

  1. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the screen where the Taskbar was last located.
    Usually along the edge of the screen, where the Taskbar was last, there will be a thin gray line.
  2. When the cursor turns into a thin arrow pointing away from that edge, click and hold the left mouse button and drag away from that edge.
    This should allow you to drag the Taskbar to the desired size.

You also can get the Taskbar back by performing the following steps:

  1. Press the <Windows> key on the keyboard (it looks like a flying window).
  2. Click the Start button and click Shut Down.
  3. Click Restart the computer and click OK.
  4. When the system beeps, press and hold the <Ctrl> key.
    The Windows Start Up Menu appears.
  5. Highlight Safe mode and press the <Enter> key.
  6. When you receive a warning message, click OK.
  7. Click Start, click Shut Down, select Restart the computer, and click OK.
    When Windows restarts, the Taskbar is restored to the bottom of the screen.

A third way to get the Taskbar back is to perform the following steps:

  1. Press and hold the <Ctrl> key and press the <Esc> key.
    Release both keys.
  2. Press and hold the <Alt> key and press the <Spacebar>.
  3. Continue to hold the <Alt> key and press the <S> key.
    A thin arrow appears at the bottom middle of the screen.
  4. Release all keys and press the <Up Arrow> key until the Start button appears.
  5. Release the <Up Arrow> key and press the <Enter> key.

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Article ID: SLN32468

Last Date Modified: 08/01/2010 12:00 AM

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