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Looking how to fix Windows 11 Taskbar not working? The trouble with the taskbar really frustrating and annoys the working environment of a user so badly. So it is important to solve the issue with immediate effect.

Here we are with a comprehensive tutorial to fix the unresponsive taskbar issue with some effective measures.

Restart the Windows Explorer Process

This is an easy method and can fix the taskbar issue so quickly. Here you just need to restart the Windows Explorer from Task Manager.

Use shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. After opening, click on More details. Now under Processes, navigate to Windows Explorer. Right-click on the Windows Explorer and click on Restart.

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This will result in the disappearing of the taskbar completely for a while and coming back to normal and hopefully, the taskbar works fine after this fix. You may also restart the device if still any error you find.

Windows 11 Taskbar Not Hiding

If you are fed with up the taskbar not hiding problems even after turning off the automatic hide toggle in the taskbar settings, then the following methods help you well.

Turn Off and Turn On Automatic Hide switch

  • Go to the Settings by using shortcut Windows + I and then click Personalization on the left pane. Click on Taskbar from the right side of the screen.
  • Just scroll down the right section and click on Taskbar behaviors.
  • Uncheck and then check Automatically hide the taskbar option.

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Disable Notifications

Some Notifications from apps won’t hide the taskbar and you can disable the notifications of irrelevant apps.

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  • Open Settings > System > Notifications.
  • Turn off the toggle for Notifications or instead, you can turn off the notifications for individual apps Notification.
  • The above step can fix the issue if the problem arises due to notification pop-ups.

Close the Glowing Apps

The Taskbar won’t hide when an app icon is glowing in the taskbar. This happens just due to requiring any permissions or any alerts within the app.

If you find any glowing app icon then just open that app and clear the alert messages or notifications. If you want the app to function now then just close the app.

Windows 11 Taskbar Frozen (not responding / Unresponsive)

If you just click on the taskbar and find the taskbar is not responding, then here is a possible fix for you. Some Powershell fixes can solve this issue and one thing is needed to remind that one of the methods provided here is a non-interfering method and the other one is an interfering one. So do the invasive method by caution and follow with your own risk. We the team are not responsible for any problems faced during or after the completion of using Powershell.

Type Windows Powershell in the search bar. Right-click on Powershell and select Run as administrator. Copy the commands given below and enter in the Powershell screen in order to register all apps.

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

Now, completing the above procedure open the location C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local and find the folder named TileDataLayer and delete the same. That’s all. Now just check the taskbar icons working or not. If still not working try the same after a reboot. Hopefully it works fine.

If the described first method cannot fix the unresponsive taskbar, here you can use the following method with your own risk. This method will clear installed apps including Microsoft Store from your Windows 11 PC.

Open Powershell by selecting run as administrator and enter the command in the Powershell screen.

Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage

Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

After Inputting the command, restart your PC. That’s all.

Windows 11 Taskbar Icons Missing

You just may notice that some icons in the system tray and icons in the taskbar are missing and if it persists then you can fix this issue with the help of command prompt (Admin) or Windows Powershell (admin). If the first fix helps you then leave the second option and if the first step can’t satisfy you then just follow the second step and reboot your system.

Open the Command prompt and open it as Run as Administrator. Then you can use the command sfc to patch up the windows issues. Then reboot the system once the checking is completed.

sfc /scannow

If the above step is not a solution for your system then follow the next step using the command  Disk Image Servicing and Management (DISM). This Utility helps you to fix the issue so efficiently. The missing issues of icons in the taskbar will be solved after a reboot next after the completion of the restore operation using the DISM command.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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The taskbar is Back!

Finally, you just made it. We hope your taskbar works fine and we would like to know which method helps you to fix the unresponsive taskbar problem through your comments. Still, If you have any doubts, free feel to ask us. Also, we will update this post in the future if effective methods other than those mentioned are available.

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Ajmal Roshan is an Engineer by degree, geek by heart, and blogger by profession. He is a marketing strategist and a senior journalist of Makmodo who writes tech news, how-to tutorials, and troubleshooting tips. Apart from these,. In his free time, he loves to inspire people and help get up the depressed ones with his art of speech.


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