How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working

Windows 10 has dozens of common errors which are faced by thousands of people every single day. One of these problems is that the taskbar stops working. It just freezes and doesn’t respond to your clicks. Sometimes you can’t even move your mouse cursor to that area.

If Windows 10 taskbar not working for you, there’s nothing to be worried about. Because you can fix the issue within a few minutes. 

Restart the Windows 10 Taskbar

If the taskbar is not responding, the best way would be restarting the windows explorer and see if that helps. Because the taskbar is a part of the windows explorer.  There are two ways to restart the windows explorer in Windows 10. First one is from the Task Manager and 2nd one is from cmd.

Restart Windows Explorer Using Task Manager 

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc button at the same time to open the Task Manager.
  • Click on More details if you are not viewing the detailed information.
  • On the Processes tab find Windows Explorer
  • Right click on Windows Explorer and click on Restart

Restart Windows Explorer using Command Prompt

You might be wondering if the taskbar is not working, how can I open cmd? Well you can, if you use Cortana.

  • Press the Windows Key and from the apps list, click on Cortana.
  • Search for Command Prompt and Open it.
  • Type taskkill /f /im explorer.exe and press Enter
  • Your screen will be blank, because Windows Explorer is turned off. You have to turn it on again. So type this explorer.exe command in CMD and press Enter

Re-Register the Taskbar using Windows PowerShell

You can re-register the taskbar using the Windows Powershell. If your taskbar is not working properly, re-registering will solve the issue for you. To re-register the taskbar:

  • Press the Windows key of your keyboard and from the apps list, click on Windows Powershell.
  • Type the following command Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”} and hit Enter.
  • Close the PowerShell window and open File Explorer.
  • Make sure you have enabled view hidden files on Windows 10. 
  • Navigate to C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local
  • Find a folder called TileDataLayer. Right click on it and select Delete.

How to avoid this issue

Prevent unnecessary apps at startup. When you start your computer, some app starts working in the background, which may freeze the windows explorer sometimes.

To disable apps from launching at start up:

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time to open the taskbar.
  • Click on More details if you are seeing fear details.
  • Click on Startup tab.
  • Right click on the app which you don’t need to launch on startup and click Disable.

Use a new user account

This is not the smartest solution. I know that. But if you are randomly facing this issue, setting up a new account is worth trying. Maybe you did something wrong on this user account which is causing the issue.