How do I get the start menu back on the bottom of my computer?

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How do I get the start menu back on the bottom of my computer?
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The Window's Start menu is one of the most recognisable options in home computing. Many Windows users start and end their computing experience with the Start menu and rely on it to access their programs. Like any other part of the Windows system, the Start menu has in-depth customisation options, which can have it relocate to another part of the screen or disappear entirely. Setting the Start menu back to its original position and settings is an easy process.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Press the "Window" key to access the Start menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Control Panel" from the window that appears.

  3. 3

    Click "Taskbar and Start Menu" to access the Start menu options.

  4. 4

    Click the check box next to "Auto hide taskbar" to deselect the option and re-enable your Start menu.

  5. 5

    Click "Apply" and "OK" to save the settings and exit the window.

Tips and warnings

  • If your Start menu/taskbar is located on the top or side of the screen, click and hold an empty area on it and drag it to the bottom of the screen to relocate it back to the bottom of the screen.

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