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)?


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

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.

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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