Question: Task Manager buttons are gone!

May 14th, 2007 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Question:  “All my buttons and tabs have disappeared in Task Manager! I can’t change tabs and there is no red X to close it. Is there any way I can fix this without reinstalling Windows?”

Vexentricity - Windows Task Manager in Tiny Footprint Mode

Vexentricity - Task Manager Tiny Performance monitor“First off don’t panic! You’re just in Tiny Footprint Mode! “ There is nothing wrong with your install of Windows to cause this – you have just accidentally put Task Manager into ‘Tiny Footprint Mode’ which hides all the buttons and tabs.

This one foxes a lot of people who think they’ve done something disastrous to their computer!    It’s actually a handy built-in monitor put there for anyone who wants to be able to track their computer’s performance eg. while playing a game, without the buttons and tabs.  However, for anyone who does this accidentally it can be very disturbing and because it’s Task Manager they automatically think something must be wrong with [tag]Windows[/tag]!

The way to switch to Tiny Footprint Mode is to double click anywhere below the Menu bar eg. on the plain background.  This is  probably what you did to accidentally get into this mode!

Vexentricity - put Windows Task Manager into Tiny Footprint Mode
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To get out of Tiny Footprint Mode double-click anywhere on the plain background and your buttons and tabs will reappear.

Vexentricity Task Manager getting buttons back in tiny footprint mode

(FYI – Tiny Footprint Mode is the same in Vista too.)

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4 Responses to “Question: Task Manager buttons are gone!”

  1. Linda Says:

    OMG HOW STUPID!!!!! LOL thank you so much for that little piece of information!! My tabs disappeared a few months ago, and, I couldnt figure out what happened. I have been able to solve every other problem i have encountered with my computer, except that one. What a stupid feature… especially when no one knows about it. THANKS AGAIN!!

  2. Mary Says:

    THANKS! I kinda freaked out a little when I noticed the buttons were gone. A quick Google search and 30 seconds later it’s all better!

  3. Tresor Says:

    thanks…this was helful…some website wanted me to download some aplications to solve the problem!!!

  4. Piet Botes Says:

    Thanks :o)

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