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I have a program that is stuck under the task bar in Windows 7. I cannot click on it because (I think) the click is interpreted as being on the task bar and not on the program.

How do I recover it? The program does not show up when I alt-tab through all of the programs. It also does not show up in Applications in the Task Manager.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Right-click on the Taskbar and select Autohide.

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That is not an option. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. – user1413 Apr 6 '10 at 15:25
I had to go to properties first -- I found the autohide option there. – user1413 Apr 6 '10 at 15:25
yea this trick has saved me a few times! – tonyr roth Apr 6 '10 at 16:04
I've also found if you resize the taskbar (eg make it one stop bigger) then all the program windows are moved accordingly so they arent underneath. This happens alot because I have my taskbar at the top, where many programs open – OrangeBox Jul 2 '12 at 0:55

Click on the Windows home button, then search taskbar. There will be an option called Autohide taskbar. Click on it. It will open a setting page. Check the box that says autohide taskbar. Then click apply.

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Find the applications icon in your start menu, right click there and unpin from taskbar

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I think the OP means the app window is stuck behind the task bar not in the task bar, so unpinning it is not a solution because in the first place it is not pinned to the task bar. – Peachy Oct 11 '12 at 1:01

For most programs you can just tile and they'll be moved up for you.

If you're running Windows7 you can just alt+tab or alt+windows+tab the program into focus and then windows+arrow the program around the screen.

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Just click the taskbar and click on "Cascade Windows" or "Show Windows side by side". The window that has gone under the taskbar will snap back up!

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I think the program might have crashed if it doesn't show up under Applications in the Task Manager, and if it can't be <kbd>Alt</kbd> + <kbd>Tab</kbd>ed back into place. – wizlog Jan 31 '12 at 18:03

Right click the programs Window (hover over program symbol, wait, right click the popping up window), hit "move" and use your arrows on the keyboard to move it up

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Right click the taskbar and unlock it if it is locked. then you can drag it out of the way and move the program.

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Browse to your Desktop folder in Windows Explorer (Windows logo + E)

(If you have the default UI, you're favorite folders should be on the top left. Desktop should be the first option.)

  • Select the application shortcut in Explorer.
  • Cut the shortcut and paste it somewhere (to remove it from your Desktop folder) and cut it again.
  • Go to your Desktop (Windows logo + D) and paste it where you want it.
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