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It seems that the taskbar disappears permanently whenever I use certain Metro apps on Windows 8.1. That is, when I exit the app, the taskbar is gone from the screen that the Metro app appeared on (yet, it always stays on my other monitor). The only way I am able to resolve to the issue seems to be by restarting entirely. Needless to say, this is a real pain.

Is there any way I can prevent this (short of not using Windows Store apps)? If not, is there a better way to fix this problem once the taskbar disappears (better than restarting)?

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Restart explorer instead of restarting computer and see if it works.

  1. Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Right click Windows Explorer, restart.

This will close your active explorer windows though.

  • I didn't know about the 'Restart' action, thanks – Daryn Dec 18 '15 at 23:01
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I found this solution for Taskbar and icons that disappear:

  1. Go to Task Manager
  2. Right click on Explorer, Properties
  3. Go to Security tab, click Advanced
  4. Change ownership to Everyone. Check all permissions boxes.
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For me it turned out that the antivirus system has adopted explorer.exe as a threat???!!! and it was placed in the folder of blocked list and quarantined items. The removal from there solves the problem.

  • This is commentary and does not really answer the author's question – Ramhound Dec 31 '16 at 15:30
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    Ramhound you can give me negative assessments all you want, but none of the answers suggested above did solve my problem. It only was temporarily masked. So I decided to look for myself why and report the outcome to help someone else. Happy New Year to all. – bpa Dec 31 '16 at 16:29

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