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Apps appear in task bar, but do not display on desktop

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    Windows 8

    Apps appear in task bar, but do not display on desktop


    This is for my son's Win 8 Toshiba laptop. Recently several programs have started exhibiting this behavior. He can launch the app (such as Skype) and it then appears on the task bar, but it does not open to where he can see it. He can click on the app in the task bar, and it flashes the desktop as if it were going to maximize, but then it instantly disappears. This makes all the apps this is happening with completely unusable. I have tried to ALT-TAB to the app and get the same result. I see the open app in the ALT-TAB list, but when selected I get the same quick flash and then it's gone. I have no idea how to fix this.

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    New York, USA
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    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    Try moving your mouse to the top left corner of the screen and it should appear there. After it appears, click it.
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by karstenes View Post
    Try moving your mouse to the top left corner of the screen and it should appear there. After it appears, click it.
    Same result- quick animation flash and then back to the desktop.
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    New York, USA
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    Hmm I don't know. I will look into it.
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    New York, USA
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    After some researching I found this: Windows 8 apps crash immediately after opening - Microsoft Community That might help.
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    New York, USA
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    Did that help your problem?
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    Windows 8


    Sorry I had to leave for a few minutes. Just got back and will have him try that.
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  8. #8


    New York, USA
    Posts : 108
    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    Ok hopefully it works
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Apps appear in task bar, but do not display on desktop
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