20 Feb

Missing Toolbars in Microsoft Paint

This article applies to Windows Vista, Windows XP and possibly earlier versions of Windows.

Problem

In Paint, you cannot see the toolbars and are unable to bring them back.

Cause

This can be caused by dragging the tool box too far off the screen to the point that it is unable to come back.

Solution

To reset the toolbars in Paint:

  1. Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator.
  2. Copy all the text in the box below:
    reg delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Paint\General-Summary" /f
  3. Right click in the Command Prompt window and click Paste.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Close the Command Prompt.

32 Responses to Missing Toolbars in Microsoft Paint

  1. Thanks!!! This worked like a charm!

  2. Worked!

  3. Worked for me. Tx

  4. Did not do the trick. Maybe I have a version of MSPaint too recent for this to apply? Hm.

  5. it worked. thanks

  6. Thanks, it’s works

  7. I Tried to paste the text and it didn’t work, but I found out by trial and error how to fix it without copying and pasting the text :
    Click the customize quick access toolbar button on the top of the screen and uncheck the minimize ribbon box.

    • “I Tried to paste the text and it didn’t work, but I found out by trial and error how to fix it without copying and pasting the text :
      Click the customize quick access toolbar button on the top of the screen and uncheck the minimize ribbon box.”

      THANKS! CMD prompt didn’t do it for me either. This worked perfect though,

    • Thanks.

  8. Really good !

  9. You are simply marvelous!

  10. Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!

  11. oh brilliant. thanks very much. i am very glad.

  12. Great!!! =D

    My 4 years son “disappeared” the tool box! Now I have it back!

  13. Thanks it worked perfectly!!!!

  14. uberhacker!

  15. Selecting [Window] [Reset Window Locations] also works.

  16. worked like a charm thanks

  17. wrkd 4 me also

  18. Thank you sooooooooo much!

  19. It worked!

    Thank you so much!

  20. wow!! thank you :D :D:D

  21. Brilliant the command prompt worked! Thank you so much.

  22. Thanks a lot. Good work.

  23. My 3 year old daughter made the tool box disappear. Thanks for the information. It worked !

  24. thank u,it worked

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