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Task Bar has Disappeared - Can't access Programs

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Working with Windows 7, the taskbar has disappeared somehow - child pushed a button!

Well under the control panel, I am unable to open the option for taskbar and start menu options to put the taskbar back on top of all other windows. The option is there, just won't work.

Unsure how to gain access to my programs, and anything like that.??

Is there anything else that I can do to access taskbar/start menu options??

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3. Your taskbar has disappeared

The taskbar is that horizontal bar at the bottom or your computer screen that displays open programs on your desktop. The taskbar also contains the Start menu, which allows you to navigate to various programs installed on your computer. In many ways, it's your command central.

Thus, there's nothing more frustrating than going to start a program, only to find the taskbar gone. A computer without a taskbar will bring you to a grinding halt.

The good news is that the taskbar never disappears—it just hides. It may be hiding behind other open windows, or at the top or side of your screen. You can also (unintentionally) make the taskbar so thin that it seems invisible.

The following are possible reasons why your taskbar has vanished, as well as solutions to keep your taskbar from ever running away again.
Solution 1: Find your taskbar behind other windows


If you don't see your taskbar, minimize all windows on your desktop. See if your taskbar is hiding behind your open windows.
Examples of maximized window with taskbar hidden and minimized window with taskbar visible.

Finding your taskbar behind maximized windows

Set your taskbar so it's always on top of all desktop windows:

Right-click the taskbar, and click Properties.

Select the Lock the taskbar check box.

Make sure the Auto-hide the taskbar check box is not selected.

Taskbar page on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. Under appearance, the Lock the taskbar checkbox is selected.

Locking and keeping the taskbar on top

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