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Tech Tip for Writers #27: My Taskbar Disappeared

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: My taskbar disappeared. What do I do?

A: Push the flying windows key (it’s located between Ctrl and Alt on the bottom left of your keyboard). That brings up the start button

It might have disappeared because its properties got reset to Autohide. Here’s what you do to fix that:

  • Hover over the area where the toolbar normally lives.
  • If it appears, right click on it and select Properties
  • Go to the tab that says Taskbar
  • Make sure the box that says Autohide toolbar isn’t checked.

What if the toolbar doesn’t appear when you hover over it? That means it got minimized to the bottom edge of your screen. Here’s what you do:

  • Hover over the extreme bottom edge of your screen. Does a double headed arrow appear?
  • If it does, that’s a sign of life for your toolbar. Click and drag upward to bring your toolbar back from the edge.

Now you know as much as I do.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

3 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #27: My Taskbar Disappeared

  1. Pingback: Top Ten Tech Tips for Writers | Jacqui Murray's WordDreams...

    • There’s not always time to figure out why-the-heck that taskbar evaporated, so I don’t. This is a nice work-around. Often, the taskbar simply reappears as mysteriously as it disappeared. Gotta love technology!


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