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Danish Kapoor
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The taskbar does not work in Windows 11: everything you can do to fix it

Let’s explain to you what can you do when the taskbar doesn’t work of Windows 11. It is not an error that usually happens regularly, but perhaps on some occasion it will happen to you and you will get “stuck”. There are several ways you can try to fix it, which are practically the same as when the start menu is not working, since both items are part of Windows Explorer.

In this article, we will summarize each of the things you can do to try to solve it, so as not to extend too much and to make it quick for you to read. This way, you can do quick tests and see if you can fix it.

Restart the computer

Restart

Before starting to do other more complex things, the first test to do when something fails in Windows is to restart the computer. In doing so, Windows will repair most specific errors that have occurred due to some small mistake.

Show hidden taskbar

Hidden Bar
Hidden Bar

There’s a chance that the taskbar isn’t crashing, you just accidentally hidden it. You can check if this is the case by pressing the Windows button or sliding the mouse cursor all the way down the screen. If you see the taskbar when doing any of these things, then it is simply hidden.

To show it again press the buttons Windows + I to enter Windows settings. Inside, go to option Taskbar within the section Personalization. Here, open Taskbar behavior and deactivate the option Automatically hide the taskbar.

Restart Windows Explorer

Restart Explorer
Restart Explorer

The Windows taskbar is part of Explorer, which is like the desktop environment. Therefore, if it is blocked you can restart Windows Explorer. To do this, press at the same time Control + Shift + Escape, which will take you to the Windows task manager. If you don’t see anything inside, click More details.

Once inside the task manager, go to the tab Processes. In this tab you have a list of processes. In it, go to the section Windows processes, select the one Windows Explorer and click on Restart up to the right.

When you do this, Windows will restart its explorer, a process that will last a few seconds, and in which you will see the taskbar disappear for a moment and reappear. This is because the element will reset, closing and reopening, and by doing so you should be able to use it normally.

Check for updates

Updates
Updates

Sometimes errors can be due to a specific incompatibility, resulting from updating a specific element. To solve it, another option is check for windows updates, to see if it has been solved in the latest available version. To do this, you just have to follow the steps of updating Windows 11 to its latest version, something you can do from the section Windows Update within Windows settings.

It is also advisable to update the Windows 11 drivers. This way, if the conflict is being created by a complete driver, you will also be able to solve it. You can do this from the option of Optional updateswithin the advanced options of the section Windows Update within Windows settings.

If all this fails

If these options don’t work, it could be because of two things. If the solutions fail and Windows does not allow you to restart or update, you must make sure be using an account with administrator permissionsor just create a new one that has them.

And if this is not enough, then the error is serious and you will have to reset Windows 11 to their factory values. To do so, follow our guide on how to reset Windows 11.

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