(Windows 10). When running powershell, it is visible on the taskbar and task view but when the icon is clicked or it is switched to using alt+tab, the window is not visible.

I tried running it using run and through cmd using the commands:

start powershell -WindowStyle Normal
start powershell

I also tried using the option in right click+start and right click+context menu and running the .exe file directly but I still get the same result.


EDIT: Preview - https://imgur.com/bF8ljKT

  • Did you try to use Win+Arrow keys to move the window? – Seth Jan 13 '18 at 13:21
  • @Seth yes i did. nothing happens. – Gerard Balaoro Jan 13 '18 at 13:53
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    Not an answer but a troubleshooting suggestion. Open a command prompt and don't use the start command. The use of start could be obfuscating a PowerShell startup error. In the command prompt's window just enter PowerShell and see what that tells you - if anything. – ScottWelker Jan 13 '18 at 17:22
  • @ScottWelker it opens powershell inside the cmd window. This works, but I want to be able to open powershell in its own window, – Gerard Balaoro Jan 14 '18 at 8:12
  • 1. What's output from where powershell? 2. Could start "" powershell help? – JosefZ Jan 15 '18 at 10:19

Since the taskbar shows a preview of the window, it probably exists somewhere. While you have the window active, press Alt+Space to bring up the window’s system menu. Select “Move”, press any cursor key once. The window will then follow your mouse cursor. Press the mouse button to drop it.

/edit: As mentioned in the comment, the system menu also allows access to the console window’s settings (like buffer size, colors, etc.), including the ability to set the window position.

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    it doesn't work. however, when I open properties and checked layout > window position > let system position window and then restarted powershell, it worked. – Gerard Balaoro Feb 4 '18 at 14:16
  • Great to hear it worked out! I updated my answer with the info from your comment. – Daniel B Feb 4 '18 at 15:54

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