I reseted my windows after a blue screen of death and now I have the following issue:

When I press close in any app (like steam, discord) instead of closing them, it minimizes them and just hides them. They stay minimized but there are no icons of them in the minimized taskbar.

So I can't close them unless I go into the tasks and press "End Task".

What can I do to fix it?

Running windows 10. Ask me if you need more details.


  • Check the settings for each application. This is dependant on the application and not Windows. Look for a "minimise instead of close" type option.
    – Mokubai
    Jul 28 '19 at 14:22
  • It could be that they are not minimized but that the application hangs in the termination sequence. Did you try a Windows repair installation?
    – eckes
    Jul 28 '19 at 15:28
  • @eckes: He reinstalled Windows.
    – harrymc
    Jul 28 '19 at 20:20
  • @Mokubai I am familiar with this. This is not the case though. It's some kind of bug or windows behavior.
    – Lev
    Jul 29 '19 at 9:25

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