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Taskbar Disappearance Problem in Google Chrome Fix

I found two ways to fix this problem – 1) Restarting Windows Explorer Service  and 2) Configuring Google Chrome Browser to run under Windows Compatibility mode.

I’ll walk you through both one by one. Just FYI, I’m on Windows 8 but you should be able to follow along even if you are on Windows 7 or Windows 10. I have seen some “experts” blame it on Windows 8 on Internet forums but that’s not true. Windows 7 and Windows 10 (or even Windows XP) users also face this problem.

Restarting Windows Explorer Service

CAUTION: Save all your open documents or files and close them. Restarting Windows Explorer Service will close all the open Windows and you will lose unsaved changes in your documents or files.

Restarting the Windows Explorer Service fixes the problem. To do this Right Click on Taskbar and click Task Manager. Windows 7 and Windows 10 (Or XP) users can press the “famous” Ctrl + Alt + Del  key combination to bring up Task Manager

Opening Windows Task Manager

Opening Windows Task Manager

Now click on More Details at the bottom. Windows 7 or 10 users should see a Processes Tab on the top, click on that.

Windows 8 Task Manager Showing Running Application

Windows 8 Task Manager Showing Running Applications

This will show you a list of all the running Apps, Processes and Services. Scroll down and look for Windows Explorer. Right click on it and click End Task.

Windows Task Manager Showing all the running Apps

Windows Task Manager Showing all the running Apps and Processes

This will kill the windows explorer hence all the open windows will close. Now click on File and click Run New Task. Type explorer and click OK.

Windows Task Manager New Task

Windows Task Manager New Task

Windows Task Manager New Task

Windows Task Manager New Task

This will restart the Windows Explorer service. That’s it!!

Quick Tip:  Instead of killing (End Task) and running a new task (the above two steps), you can also simply restart the process by clicking on Restart (See the third screen above).

Run Chrome in Compatibility Mode

If the above solution does not work for you for any reason then you can try configuring Google Chrome to run under Windows compatibility mode. Here is how to do it:

Right click on the Google Chrome icon and click Properties.

Chrome Compatibility Mode

Chrome Compatibility Mode

On the next Window that pops up, click on the Compatibility tab.

Then tick the Run this program in compatibility mode option and select one of the previous versions of Windows (Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP SP2 etc.).

Now click Apply and then OK to close the window.

That’s it!!

This will run your chrome browser in compatibility mode but it will function normally without any problem. Let me know if any of these two methods work.

I haven’t tried on Windows 7, Windows 10 or Windows XP so let me know if you have. And don’t forget to like, comment or share.

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Fix-2 Delete IconCache from your computer-

Deleting IconCache data base file from your computer will solve this issue.

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window on your computer.

2. In Run window, copy-paste this run command and then hit Enter.

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Roaming folder will be opened on your computer.

Roaming folder will be opened on your computer.

3. Now, in Roaming folder, click on “Appdata” in the address bar to go to folder.

4. In Appdata folder, double click on “Local

4. In Appdata folder, double click on “Local” folder to access it.

5. In Local folder, click on “View” in

5. In Local folder, click on “View” in the menu bar. Notice if the option “Hidden items” is checked.

Otherwise, check the option to see the hidden items in the folder.

6. In Local folder, Locate  “IconCache&#8221

6. In Local folder, Locate  “IconCache” or IconCache.db file and  “Delete”  the IconCache data base file from your computer.

IconCache.db file will be deleted from your comput

IconCache.db file will be deleted from your computer.

Close File Explorer window on your computer.

Restart your computer. After rebooting your computer icons will be visible on Task bar once again.

Your problem should be solved.

Method 2 – Adding a Chrome Icon to the Taskbar

Another way that you can add Google Chrome to the taskbar is to click the Windows icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then scroll down until you find the Google Chrome option.

You can then right-click on Google Chrome, Choose the More option, then select the Pin to taskbar option.

Conversely you can also remove pinned icons from the taskbar. Simply right-click on the icon in the taskbar, then choose the Unpin from taskbar option.

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Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Disappeared in Google Chrome

Some of you may face the strange problem, when you open Google Chrome browser, the Windows taskbar disappears, but the taskbar is fine when opening other applications. This may be due to the issues of Chrome browser. You can try some measures to fix taskbar disappeared Chrome.

  • Try to reboot your Windows 10 computer.
  • If Chrome covers taskbar in Windows 10, you can press F11 key to exit the Windows Full Screen Mode, since the taskbar will hide in Full Screen Mode.
  • Try to reset Chrome settings to see if it works. You can click the three-dot icon at the upper-right corner in Chrome, and click Settings to open Chrome Setting window. Then you can scroll down to click Advanced at the bottom. Click Reset settings to their original defaults under Reset and clean up.
  • You can also follow Way 5 above to restart Explorer.exe to have a try.
  • Update the Google Chrome browser.
  • Uninstall any unknown or suspicious Chrome extensions.
  • You can turn on Incognito Mode (Private Browsing) in Chrome to browse online safely, especially in a public Internet connection.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Chrome browser to see if it can fix the taskbar disappeared problem Google Chrome.

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Method 2: Add Chrome Icon From Search

Step 1: Open Windows search on your computer and type Chrome.

Step 2: Right-click on the Chrome icon and select

Step 2: Right-click on the Chrome icon and select Open file location.

Tip: You can right-click on the Chrome icon from S

Tip: You can right-click on the Chrome icon from Start Menu as well and select Open file location.

Step 3: A new window will open. Right-click on the Chrome icon and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). Go to your desktop and you will see the new Chrome icon.

Part 3: Enabling the Bookmarks Bar

This is a simple process to open the Google Chrome browser menu and enable the bookmarks bar. The Chrome menu will help you get access to customize and control the Google Chrome browser.

  • Step 01: Click the Menu button which is the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the Chrome window.
  • Step 02: Click “Bookmarks”. Then, click “Show bookmarks bar“in the pop-out menu.

To restore the Bookmarks bar, use the following shortcut keys:

  1. For Windows/Linux, Press CTRL+ Shift + B keys
  2. For Mac, press Command+ Shift + B keys

Alternatively, you can go to “Settings”, then “Appearance”. Slide the “Show bookmarks bar” to the right.

Method 5: Reinstall Chrome

If by following the above methods you are still unable to add the Chrome icon to the desktop, you should re-install Chrome. For that, first, uninstall Chrome by right-clicking on the Chrome icon in Start Menu. Select Uninstall.

Once uninstalled, restart the computer. Then insta

Once uninstalled, restart the computer. Then install Chrome again.

Tip: Always check and keep your Chrome browser updated.

Fix 5 Reinstall taskbar

1. Search Powershell in Windows 10 Search.

2. Right click and choose run as administrator.

2. Right click and choose run as administrator.

3. Now, copy and paste the command given below and hit enter key to execute the command.

Part 6: In Summary

Google Chrome is an excellent web browser to use because of its interface and features. There are times that when you use the Chrome browser, you will encounter problems such as Chrome toolbar missing.

You cannot avoid it. Calm down and breathe. There is always a solution to the problem. Refer to this guide for the step-by-step instructions. There are several steps to follow as well as alternative steps in case a certain instruction will not work for you. In any case, rebooting your computer will work wonders.

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