Blank menus on my taskbar and control settings

Stumped - May 25, 2021 at 04:45 PM
 Stumped - May 25, 2021 at 06:24 PM
I have all my icons showing on the taskbar, but when my clock went missing, I right clicked to see the task bar and it is all blank. When I went to task manager, it had icons but nothing else - also blank.

Every menu right clicked on the taskbar comes up,, but is ALL BLACK, NO WORDS. SAME ON TASK MANAGER. Double clicking did NOT solve the problem.

Please provide step by step instructions that a Non-Techy can follow.

Also, how did this happen? Did someone hack this just to cause trouble or did something occur on my Windows 10 without outside action?

2 responses

Bob Dijks Posts 2704 Registration date Friday April 3, 2015 Status Administrator Last seen August 30, 2022   324
May 25, 2021 at 05:23 PM

The solution for this should be relatively simple:

1. Open Task manager (press Ctrl - Alt - Delete simultaneously)
2. Click Process tab
3. Find Explorer.exe (or explorer.exe)
4. Terminate it. (ignore warning)
5. Click Applications tab
6. Then New Task.
7. Type explorer.exe and press enter

Hope this helps!


Appreciate the solution offered, Bob. However, all writing on my task manager has been wiped out, so I can't identify the process tab or the explorer.exe line. The only thing that shows are little colored icons on the left side. Drop down menus are also blank. Same thing with the menus on my taskbar and my security software. I still have my Microsoft 10 menus on lower left window. My security software found nothing on a quick scan. I'm running the full Microsoft scan, but it appears somehow the controls were changed to delete all writing and menu options. I think I'll do a restart to see if anything corrects itself. Thanks again for your quick response.

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