Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons disappear (Explorer, Outlook, etc).

Copper Contributor

Dear Community,


I have a problem and can't seem to find a solution.

On my Lenovo Thinkpad E13, after working for an hour or two, suddendly the Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons in the top right corner of any Windows Explorer window simply disappear. I can't do anything, except restart the Desktop Window Manager or restart my computer.

I have also tried:

  • Change graphics configuration
  • Change Project mode to Extended
  • Made sur I'm not using Tablet Mode (not available on my Laptop anyways)
  • I have no third-party apps
  • I'm using stardard Windows theme
  • Driver is up to date
  • Windows is up to date


The buttons usually disappear when browsing in Chrome and then wanting to open an Explorer window by hitting WIN+E. After doing that a few times, the buttons disappear.

Lately the buttons habe also disappeared from Outlook after a while (I have Outlook 2019 installed).


I have two users on the computer:

  • Admin
  • Guest


So far, this issue only appears when I'm logged in as guest. As soon as the buttons disappear, if I log out and log in to Admin, then the buttons Minimize/Maximize/Close are there.


Does any one have any ideas what might cause this?


Thanks a lot in advance

1 Reply
Try open start and search for feedback and open the Feedback Hub app and report this issue.
Try using Microsoft Edge (instead of Google Chrome) just for test and see if the problem persists?