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How to Restore the Windows Taskbar and Start Button If They Have Disappeared

Summary: This article can help users learn how to restore the Microsoft Windows taskbar and Start button if they have disappeared from the screen.

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


Cause information is not available.



  1. Move your mouse cursor to the edge of the screen where the Windows taskbar was last located.
    A thin gray line should appear along the edge of the screen where the Windows taskbar was last seen. 
  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 users to drag the Windows taskbar to the wanted size.

Booting into Safe mode and back into normal Windows helps get the Windows taskbar back.

See Dell Knowledge Base article How to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 11 or Windows 10 for more information.

For additional information, see Microsoft article Fix problems with the Start menu. This hyperlink is taking you to a website outside of Dell Technologies.

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Alienware, Inspiron, OptiPlex All-In-One, OptiPlex Micro, OptiPlex Small Form Factor, OptiPlex Tower, OptiPlex Ultra, Vostro, XPS, G Series, G Series, Alienware, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS

Last Published Date

03 Jan 2024



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