Posted by: Jeff Germain | February 2, 2007

Task Manager Missing Tabs

I’ve had an annoying problem for a while now and finally got around to looking into it. My Task Manager was missing all it’s tabs. In fact, it was getting displayed without being hosted within its usual Windows Form. I had no idea what I did to deserve this. See below.

Task Manager Issue

Anyways, it’s an easy fix. Simply double-click anywhere around the border to viola! it’s back!. Double-click again and it goes back into this minimalist mode.

Task Manager Fix

Task Manager Fixed


  1. Thanks.
    Got the same problem, but you fixed it !

  2. OMG…thank you so much – something so simple, this was bugging me to death!! My tabs just disappeared one day, and as you said “voila” double click and they’re back! Thanks!

  3. yeah me too. stupid over-active touchpad! thanks millions

  4. It’s a “dagh”, very good fix!

  5. I don’t know how I missed such a simple fix, but I’m glad it’s fixed!

  6. This happend right after an install of a internet suite and I thought that it did made the tabs go away Dude you rock for shareing the info!

  7. Thank you kindly, I thought one of the pieces of spyware I got on my machine disabled my tabs so that I couldn’t see which processes were running. I also saw this occur on my dad’s machine after installing lots of different types of media players. Its good to know I didn’t permanently screw things up (at least not as far as the task manager is concerned).

  8. It’s amazing the little “features” MS built into Windows that we never use. Your brief article helped me resolve this nuisance on a client’s PC while I was on the phone with him working out another issue with some proprietary software. He thought I was the master, but I gave you due credit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this information!
    I did something one day and all my tabs disappeared and I didn’t know how to fix it.
    Thank you!!

  10. Thanks a lot. I thought something was messed up when it didn’t go back to normal after a re-boot and now I finally took the time to look into it and it was designed that way?

    Thanks again for sharing !

  11. thanks

  12. So simple and so obvious! Thanks for preventing me having a sleepless night, and goodness what else tomorrow!!!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ DAWN

  14. Awesome….this was bugging me for the past 2-3 weeks and it was so simple to fix. Thanks to you!!

  15. Thanks.. What a stupid problem. How stupid I havent been able to figure it out until now.

  16. Oh God!!!

    Some time we miss out simple things to learn or find.


  17. while having the tabs hidden, one can switch between them by pressing ctrl+tab ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Having same problem.. Not sure how it happen…Cannot delete it from screen bcoz not tab.
    But now understand by… clicking the side n…VOILA

    Tab appear back


  19. Awesome! Thank you so much!

  20. That didn’t work for me. I don’t have the second box around it where you’re supposed to click. Do you have any suggestions?

  21. Sometimes, things are much simpler than they first appear – thanks a million.

  22. So glad I found your website. Why is this a feature anyway? I’d say it’s a bug.

  23. you’re the best dude.

  24. Wow- thanks. Seriously.

  25. oh man!!!! here i was looking for fixes n tools to correct this bug… and what a simple way to do it…
    i can’t thank you enough for writing this as a post…
    thanks a ton buddy!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Thanks so much. My tabs went missing 5 minutes ago . So when I booted my comp and realized they were still gone, I had a mini freak out. Thankfully, I found your site very quickly with this simple solution and I’m back at ease ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Such an easy fix. It was driving me crazy and I’m pretty computer literate – or at least I thought I was. Thanks so very much

  28. Not only do I get them back I can get rid of them again! A complete lesson!
    What fun.
    Thanks very much

    The tabs went missing after i remowed the XP antivirus mumbo jumbo

  30. Thanks a lot !

  31. Well Thats not my problem… i am missing the Tab USERS

    maybe someone is logged on my computer and didnt see wich user is logged in. anyone got a idea how i can “Show/See” my tab Users?

    • Wow, this is in every reecpst what I needed to know.

  32. Thank you so much for this information; it was also bugging me. I can’t believe it was something so simple. I love it when it’s something that simple to fix.

  33. thanks for this simple update to bring back my task manager tabs which took me so long trying to correct this problem.

  34. thnks for the solution on the missing tabs of the task manager. It was so simple

  35. thankyou so simple boy do i feel stooooooopid ! !

  36. Another fix is to reinstall Windows.

    Kidding!! Thanks a bunch for this. I was starting to get a bit annoyed! The fix also explains how it happened in the first place, which I also dig.

  37. wow.. i was agreably surprised.. double click.. voila.

  38. Wow… so easy,

    The Tab appears back.

    Many thanks.

  39. Thanks dude, you are the man!!!

  40. so hard to find! but if you find! its so easy to get! your the man!! lOl

  41. WOW.. thanks so much!

  42. Wah~ thnks man. i almost format my computer lol

  43. I have minimize and maximize buttons disappeard in my windows xp sp3 machine.
    Doesn’t matter I open I.E. windows explorer, Chrome or firefox, notepad….anything I face the same problem
    Anyone out there to help me out??

  44. Woohoo! Tabs are back – & so easily! Thanks for such a simple solution that this senior can understand & do!

    Many thanks

  45. Thanks for the simple solution!

  46. Thanks for that. Was beginning to think something horrible was happening to my windows proggy.

  47. Damn, i never think the fix are very simple like this !! Nice post dude, thanks a lot……

  48. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!
    THANK YOU, now I can sleep at night…

  49. it works 100% but i still wanna ask you why it just happened why the tabs are gone

  50. Great tip. Just happened to me and I was pulling my hair out. :o)

  51. Thanks for solving this annoying little problem.

    You have to wonder why on earth somebody would even write such a useless thing into a programme!

    I suppose that’s why we all hate Windows!

  52. thanx alot for sharing! that helped a lot!

  53. Damned thing, I thought i broke it. Thanks.

  54. Wow, thanks for that quick fix. I thought for sure that when my compter had a virus (now removed) that this was a result of not being cleaned completely.

    Thank you, thank you!!

  55. ty very much that reaLLY was easy thank you for blogging it though or it would be many more months before i figured it out

  56. Thank to you.. Im planing to reformat my pc. because of this problem but thanks you for sharing.. youre the men…..

  57. a great artical, shame microsoft can’t write things as easy to read and fix…

  58. I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to
    see a great blog like this one these days.

  59. Its still good in 2013, thanks

  60. Thanks very helpful. Already was thinking to reinstall..

  61. thanks ^_^

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