By Fiona / Last Updated July 20, 2021

Remote Desktop Connection Can’t See Taskbar

During connecting to another device via Remote Desktop Connection, you may encounter problems like the following description.


When I connect onto my desktop, I maximize the Remote Connection window. Always before I could see and access the tasks on the Desktop's taskbar. But for a few days now my laptop's taskbar is displayed. I can only access programs via the desktop or the - display.

- Question from SilvertonOregon

So what can we do to fix this problem if we encounter it?

3 methods to fix Remote Desktop Connection Can’t See Taskbar

Here are 3 methods to solve this problem, hope it useful to you.

Method 1: Restart the Windows Explorer Process

This method is the easiest and most effective method to solve this problem quickly.

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager Window.

Step 2. Go to Processes tab and find Windows Explorer.

Step 3. Right-click Windows Explorer and click Restart to restart Windows Explorer Process.

Windows Explorer

Method 2: Change system setting through Personalize

You can also try to change some settings of personalize to see if it works to solve this problem.

Step 1. Right-click your mouse on the blank place on the desktop and choose the Personalize on the bottom of the list .

Step 2. Go to Taskbar tab and make sure all “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”, “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode”, “Use small taskbar buttons” and ”Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar” are off.


Step 3. You can try to change the taskbar location from bottom to top to see if the taskbar is visible. If the taskbar is visible, you can change back it to bottom.

Taskbar Location

Method 3: Rollback display driver

It may generate this taskbar problem if you recently updated the display driver. You can try to rollback the drive version to solve this problem.

Step 1. Press Windows key and R to open the Run Box, and type devmgmt.msc to open Device Manager Window.

Run Box

Step 2. Expand Display adapters category and double-click the below item.

Step 3. Go to Driver tab, and click Roll Back Driver to rollback to the previously installed driver.

Rollback Driver

Use a Free alternative to Remote Desktop

AnyViewer is a reliable remote connect software that contains a clean interface and easy-to-use system operation. It can help you establish a fast and stable connection between two computers.

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Follow the below steps, you can easily learn how to use it.

Step 1. Make sure the internet of both the local computer and the remote computer is available.

Step 2. Download, install and run AnyViewer both on the two computers.

Step 3. You can go to setting\Recipient and set a “my security code” on the remote computer to make the connection easier.


Step 4. Type the device ID of the remote computer and click Connect and then you can choose two different methods to connect.

Security Code

Step 5. If you choose the first method, a pop-up window will appear on the remote computer, and your partner needs to allow this request to make the connection successfully.


Step 6. If you choose the second method, you have to type the security code from the remote computer, and then the connection will be established directly.

Further reading: How to hide or show the connection bar in Remote Desktop Connection

Have you faced the problem when you want to use the connection bar during remote connection but you can’t find it? Or do you want to hind it because it interferes your operations? Before you use Remote Desktop Connection tool to connect to other devices, you can choose to hide or show the connection bar by changing some settings of Remote Desktop Connection. Here are the specific steps.

Step 1. Press Windows key and type “Remote Desktop Connection” in the research box to open Remote Desktop Connection tool.

Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. Go to Display tab and find “Display the connection bar when I use the full screen” check box.

Step 3. If you want to hide the connection bar when you use Remote Desktop Connection, uncheck it. And if you want to show this connection bar, you can check this checkbox.

Connection Bar