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Task Manager File Menu & Tabs Missing

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 by | Filed Under: Windows Explorer

Ray from SLC, UT writes:

I don’t know why, but my Windows Task Manager doesn’t have the normal Address Bar up top, not the Menu bar of File/Options/View/Help and none of the tabs of Processes/Services/Performance/Networking/Users either. I am running Windows 7, and no matter how I bring up the Task Manager, it just show the applications that I have running, under Task and Status, and I can End Task/Switch To/New Task, but that’s about it. I have the same problem with my Windows 7 laptop as well. I hope you can help me bring back the full functionality of the Task Manager.


It sounds to me like the task manager looks like the picture below. If so, the fix is a really simple one.



If you double-click with the left mouse button in the white area next to the End Task button, the menu bar and tabs will reappear. If you double-click again the menu bar and tabs will disappear again.


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5 Responses to “Task Manager File Menu & Tabs Missing”

  1. Sheila Dukelsky says:

    I had the same problem! Thanks!

  2. Doug says:

    Great tip. I appreciate the tips from worldstart

  3. Mark says:

    these as “grief savers”. Thank Wordstart team!

  4. Greg says:

    good to know I’ve had to use the task manager quite often to end some tasks lately due to unknown freeze up’s. The last thing I need now is for task manager to screw up. Thanks for the tip.

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