Fix: Minimize, Maximize and Close Buttons Disappear

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Windows user interface is changing through the years and in every version of Windows, but Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons are present in every version of Windows, and they’re one of the most important aspects of user interface of any Windows. But what if these buttons disappear? Don’t worry, there’s a way to make these icons visible again.
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The reason why Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons disappeared is probably because of some kind of error with dwm.exe (Desktop Window Manager), and resetting this process should solve the problem. But before we give you precise details about the solution, let’s talk a little about Desktop Window Manager itself.

Windows’ Desktop Window Manager is a built-in file in your system which manages the visual effects in Windows operating systems. For example, this process allows your Start Menu to be transparent, and it was also managing Aero environment in Windows 7. It also manages other User Interface elements, such as our missing buttons. So an error in running of this process could cause various visual issues, and disappearance of Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons is just one of them.

Now that you know which service causes the problem, and all you need to do is to restart it, and Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons should show up as normal. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to Search, type services and open View Local Services
  2. Find Desktop Window Manager, right-click on it and choose Restart
  3. Wait until the service is restarted and see if there are any changes

That’s all, Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons should show up after you restart this service. If you have any questions or comments, or you maybe know some other solutions for this User Interface problem, please write it down in the comments.

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