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You may face this issue due to several reasons:
The taskbar may be hiding at the bottom of the screen after being accidentally resized.
If the presentation display was changed, the taskbar may have moved off of the visible screen.
The 'explorer.exe' process may have crashed.
I would suggest you to follow the methods given below and check.
Method 1: Follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Put the mouse pointer on the bottom border of your screen.
If the pointer turns into a double-arrow , click and drag upwards.
If your taskbar isn't hiding at the bottom of the screen, try moving the mouse to the right, left, and top edges, looking for the double-arrow.
Step 2: Press the Windows logo key and the P key on your keyboard to bring up the presentation display mode options.
1.Make sure "Computer Only" is selected.
Use the arrow keys to toggle between options and Enter to select the correct display mode.
If issue still persists try method 2.
Method 2: System File Checker.
You may run the system file checker tool and check if it helps. SFC scan will scan for the corrupted system files on the computer. You may refer to the following article in order to use System File Checker tool appropriately.
Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files.
"Jack Newmyer" wrote in message
> the start button is gone as well as the toolbar at the bottom of the
You mean the Task Bar disappeared, not the *toolbar*?
There are several possibilities for why. Here's the most likely:
The task bar is resizable, like a window. You may have accidentally
resized it to zero lines high. Put the cursor on the bottom of the
screen and move it up and down slightly until it turns into a
double-headed arrow. Then click and drag it to the size you want.
If that doesn't work, it may be zero lines high on another side of the
screen, so try on all four sides.
Finally, if none of those work, go to
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm, click T, then under
Taskbar, click Taskbar is Missing.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
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