Windows 10 taskbar not working, how to fix it

Windows 10 taskbar not working, how to fix it

The taskbar is one of the elements that Microsoft has most enhanced with the arrival of the current Windows 10 operating system. In addition to maintaining all the functionality included in previous versions, new features have been added, such as the possibility of using multiple desktops and the integration with the virtual assistant Cortana. So many new features also have a downside, and that is that the taskbar seems to crash in Windows 10 more often.

Restore or reinstall Windows

If none of the steps below helps you solve the problem, we have to do a lot to restore Windows 10 to a previous state or even reinstall it completely.

Use Microsoft's troubleshooter

The Internet offers us some tools that we can use to solve some problems that affect both the start menu and the Windows 10 taskbar. They are not magic programs, but they are useful to solve some simple problems, so you don't lose nothing to prove.

The taskbar is not hidden automatically

A quite interesting function that includes the Windows 10 taskbar is how we can configure it to make it hide automatically when we do not have the cursor over it. This is something very interesting, since it allows us to gain a small amount of space on the screen that we can use to work more comfortably.

This is a problem that seems to occur quite frequently, and so Microsoft does not provide a guide on how to fix it. Fortunately, in most cases, just restarting Windows Explorer is enough to get everything working as it should.

To restart Windows Explorer, I just need to access the Task Manager by pressing the " CONTROL + ALT + DELETE " key combination .

The next step is to go to the " Processes " tab , select " Windows Explorer " with the mouse, and then click on the small " Restart " button that you will find in the lower right corner.

Restart Windows 10 Explorer

Now you just have to check if the problem has disappeared, and if the taskbar of your Windows 10 operating system automatically re-hides normally.

The taskbar icons have disappeared

Another problem that can occur with the Windows 10 taskbar is that the icons disappear without any apparent explanation. This problem usually affects icons as important as the clock, the volume manager, the Wi-Fi network tool, and some other tools widely used on a daily basis.

In this case it is also a problem that we can solve very easily in most cases.

The first thing you need to do is access the Windows 10 command window, also known as CMD. You can do it very simply by pressing the Windows + Q key combination , and typing " cmd " in the search engine that will appear.

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With this, the Windows 10 command window will have been opened, the next step is to enter the commands that we leave you below one by one:

DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / CheckHealth

DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / ScanHealth

DISM / Online / Cleanup-Image / RestoreHealth

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With this, the tool will do everything possible to try to solve the problem that is affecting the icons on the taskbar of your Windows 10. The operation may take a few minutes , you just have to have a little patience, and restart your computer when it finishes doing its work.

I can't click on the taskbar

We continue to see the most common problems with the Windows 10 taskbar, and their simplest solutions. Another problem that can arise is that the taskbar does not respond at all, when we click on it with the mouse.

It is a rather rare problem, but it can occur, so it is necessary to offer a solution for this case.

To try to solve this problem we will also use the Windows 10 command window, which we used in the previous point. In this case we need to open the command window as administrator , something that we can do very easily with the key combination "CTRL + SHIFT + Enter".

Once a Windows 10 command window opens as an administrator, you have to enter the two commands that we leave you below.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

I can't click on the taskbar

After that, you only have to restart your computer and check that everything works normally again. The main drawback of this method is that it uninstalls the Windows 10 app store, so you will have to manually reinstall it.

Doing so is as simple as accessing the PowerShell application (Admin) by pressing the Windows + X key combination.

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Now enter the following command and hit the Enter key.

Get-AppXPackage * WindowsStore * -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppXManifest.xml”}

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Re-register the taskbar

If you have come this far, and you have not been able to solve the problems that are affecting your Windows 10 taskbar, you can use a command for the PowerShell tool that will restore the taskbar to an initial state.

Again you will have to access the PowerShell tool using the "Windows + X" key combination.

Now use the following command. If you have used the command in the previous point, you do not need to enter it again.

Get-AppXPackage * WindowsStore * -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$ ($ _. InstallLocation) \ AppXManifest.xml”}

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The next step is to go to the path C: / Users / USER / AppData / Local / and delete a folder named TileDataLayer . Finally, restart your computer, and see if the problem has been solved.

Logically, you will have to replace USER with your username. It is also important to point out that the TileDataLayer folder is hidden, so you will have to have the option to show hidden files and folders enabled to see it.

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These are the main tricks that you can use to repair the Windows 10 taskbar, we hope it will be very useful for you.