Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working? 5 Common Issues and Fixes

Aamir Khan

Are you facing a problem with your windows ten Taskbar, like it gives errors or is freezing when you are busy with work? If your windows 10 taskbar is not working, there are many reasons behind it, but here we will provide some fixes for this problem.

In Windows 10, the taskbar error is due to many reasons. Microsoft has introduced a method to solve this problem, but this method is not comfortable and is irritating.

So dive into the fixes of Taskbar and its common issues that cause stops Taskbar from normal working.

1. Simplifying the Taskbar by Reducing Clutter

By default, there are a lot of useless icons in the Taskbar of windows 10. You can hide the unnecessary icons and use those you think are most essential. So you can hide those that are not needed anymore to create more space in the Taskbar. You can remove a few useless default icons from your Taskbar.

The Search bar uses a lot of space, which you can use by click the ing the start button or win on your keyboard. So there is no more need for a search bar in the Taskbar, which also uses a lot of space. To hide the search bar in windows 10, follow as;

  • Right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar.
  • Select “Search” from the menu.
  • Choose “Hidden” to hide the search bar.
  • Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and toggle off the “Search” option to hide the search bar.
Windows 10 Taskbar not Working


Cortana is also by default in the windows ten taskbar even after the launch of windows 10. If you don’t use it before and never had any plan to use it in the future, then you can also hide this icon by following the given guide;

  1. Right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar.
  2. Select “Cortana” from the menu.
  3. Choose “Hidden” to hide Cortana from the Taskbar.

Alternatively, you can also go to Settings > Cortana & Search > Talk to Cortana and toggle off the “Hey Cortana” and “Keyboard shortcut” options to disable Cortana altogether. This will remove it from the Taskbar as well as the Start menu.

Windows 10 Taskbar not Working

There may be some unnecessary elements on the right end of the Windows 10 taskbar. To streamline the Taskbar, you can disable these elements without losing functionality. For instance, if you don’t use the “Show People” shortcut, you can disable it. Similarly, if you don’t need any Toolbars options, you can safely disable them. Those who don’t want the weather on their Taskbar can turn off “News and Interests.” Additionally, if you don’t have a touchscreen, the “Show Windows Ink Workspace” and the “Show touch keyboard” buttons are unnecessary and can be disabled.

Now you have to remove or hide the unnecessary icons from your Taskbar and create much space for the more essential apps.

Common fixes for Windows 10 Taskbar errors

Here we explain common fixes by using that you can solve the errors of your windows 10 taskbar.

• Restarting the Windows Explorer Process

The standard and easy solution for all taskbar errors is to restart the explorer.exe process. This process controls all start menu and taskbar operations. Restarting it can thus clear up any minor Glitches, such as your Taskbar not working.

Here are the steps to restart the Explorer process in Windows 10:

  • Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Task Manager.”
  • In the Task Manager window, scroll down until you find “Windows Explorer” in the list of processes.
  • Select “Windows Explorer” and click the “Restart” button in the bottom right corner of the Task Manager window.
  • The screen may flicker or go black momentarily as the Explorer process is restarted.
  • Once the process is restarted, the taskbar and desktop icons should reappear.
Windows 10 Taskbar not Working

Now you will notice that the screen will go empty. Don’t worry. It is just restarting the process; after a minute or two, it will again work correctly.

If it doesn’t work correctly, restart your system and check that it works.

 • Check for Driver and Windows Updates

If you face any problem or error in the functionality of your system, then never forget to check the updates of windows and device drivers.

To update windows and drivers, follow this guide.

While at it, ensure you’ve installed all Windows updates at Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Sometimes the latest Windows patches can clear up strange issues like this.

Windows 10 Taskbar not Working

• Windows 10 Taskbar Not Hiding

If you like to work in the absence of Taskbar and have already enabled this function, but it is not working, then this condition is too annoying. If, after the above fixes, you still face the problem, then try something new.

First, ensure that you have enabled auto-hide for your Taskbar. Go to Settings, then Personalization, and select Taskbar. Verify that the “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” option is turned on. Additionally, try toggling this option off and then back on again to see if it resolves any potential issues with the stock setting.

Windows 10 Taskbar not Working

Some of the common causes of auto-hide not working are given below;

  • Third-party applications
  • Incorrect settings
  • Outdated drivers
  • Corrupted system files
  • Screen resolution
  • Full-screen applications
  • Malware

This mainly happens when some app or software needs your attention and sends notifications regularly. So you can turn off this app’s notifications want, and you can also turn off all apps notification. Open Settings > System > Notifications & actions and disable notifications you don’t want.

• Windows 10 Taskbar Icons Missing

If there are some missing icons in the Taskbar or tray, some icons are not visible on the lower right side of windows 10. You can solve this problem by CMD.

  • First, click the start button To open the power user menu.
  • From here, you can launch a Command Prompt (Admin)Windows PowerShell (Admin), or Windows Terminal (Admin) window.
  • All of these can fix the Taskbar if you are facing any errors.
  • In the resulting prompt, you should try the SFC command, which runs the System File Checker utility, to patch up Windows issues. Use this command to do so, then reboot once it’s complete:
sfc /scannow
  • If this doesn’t fix the problem, you can try another utility. Enter the following command to invoke Disk Image Servicing and Management (DISM), and you should find that your Taskbar returns to its normal state after a reboot:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

• Windows 10 Taskbar Not Responding or Frozen

If the Taskbar is not responding and you can’t click on any of the icons in the Taskbar, then it is frozen, and you can fix it through Powershell.

Here’s how you can launch PowerShell on Windows 10:

  • Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open the Start menu.
  • Type “PowerShell” in the search bar.
  • You should see “Windows PowerShell” or “PowerShell” in the search results. Click on it to launch PowerShell.

Enter the following command to re-register all apps:

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

Then go to this directory C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local, find the TileDataLayer folder, and delete it. After a moment, your problem will be fixed, and you can use the Taskbar as usual.

Windows 10 Taskbar not Working

There is also another method by using which you can fix it. Still, we recommend you use this method only when you don’t have another option because this method will remove all your windows 10 apps, including the Microsoft store, from your system.

If you do this process, we recommend you create a backup of windows 10 because if something goes wrong, you can go to the original setting of your system.

Open PowerShell as administrator and try the given command.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

After this process, please restart your computer; you will see it will work fine, and everything will be expected.

If you are still facing the problem, you can restore your system to the original factory setting and create a New User Account.

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