All of us at some point have started a program in Windows and, despite the fact that it runs, it does not appear on the screen. The application can be seen active from the task manager, but it is not visible in any way, we cannot use it either. The problem that the program it is runningbut it can not be seen or it’s not visible, it’s not exactly new to Windows.

This inconvenience can occur for different reasons and in different scenarios. It may be due to old graphics drivers, conflicts with third-party hardware, programs with corrupted files, etc.

The program is running but cannot be seen in Windows 11 and 10

When the program is running, but you can’t see it. We can start by applying simple solutions that sometimes work. The first of these is to use the Windows + Tab key combination to open Task View on our computer. This way we can verify if the program is open and available, if we see it, we will click on it.

We also recommend making sure that the PC is updated with the latest version of Windows. Updating the graphics drivers and restarting the computer would be a good idea.

Additionally, scanning our computer in search of viruses or malware is necessary. The problem could be caused by a malware infection on the system.

Another thing we can do is check the Task Manager, for this we will right click on the taskbar at the bottom of Windows and choose Task Manager. In case it is running, we will right click and end all instances of the program. After this we will run it again as administrator.

Maximize the program that is running and cannot be seen from the taskbar

Maximize program.

In case we can see the program from the taskbar, but not on the screen, we will try to maximize the program from the taskbar. We can also use the Move option if the issue is resolved.

For this we are going to have to pass the mouse over the icon of the program that is generating problems in the taskbar. Then we are going to press Shift + right click on the program.

Modify display settings

Modify screen.

The next solution is to configure some display settings to fix the problem. We will do it as follows:

  • We press Windows + i to access Windows Settings.
  • Next, we’ll expand Multiple Displays and deselect the checkbox called Remember window locations based on monitor connection.

After this we will have to restart the computer and check if the problem persists.

Troubleshooting a clean boot state

Clean boot.

On some occasions, third-party applications conflict with the program that we are trying to open. In this case, it would be best to opt for a clean boot to see if we can resolve the issue.

A clean boot starts the computer with the programs and drivers that are strictly necessary. So if you have a software conflict, this should make it clear to us that this is the reason.

  • Press Windows + i to access Settings.
  • Next, we are going to have to go to Services, we will check the box that says Hide all Microsoft services, click on Disable all and click on Apply so that the changes are saved.
  • Now we are going to open the Task Manager and we will proceed to disable all startup programs from the respective tab.

Next, we are going to have to restart the computer and check if the problem persists. In case this fixes the problem, then we will have to check the third-party programs and services one by one until we find out which one is causing the problem.

Use the Show open windows option

Another alternative is to use the Show open windows option. For this we are going to right click on the taskbar and click on Show the desktop. After this, we right-click on the taskbar again and choose Show open windows. We can repeat this a few times to see if it helps.

Uninstall and reinstall the program

If none of the above solutions work, the only alternative left is to completely uninstall the program and reinstall it. We even recommend installing a different version of the program just to see if the problem persists.

For this we are going to press Windows + i to open Settings. After this we will go to the Applications tab and click on Installed Applications.

Next, we are going to have to look for the program that is generating problems and we will click on the three-dot menu that appears on the right side. We will see a small submenu where the Uninstall option will be. We restart the computer and proceed to install the program again.

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