FIX: Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons missing from Google Chrome. (Solved)

Last updated on September 30th, 2020

In recent days, I have come across different computers missing the "Minimize, Maximize and Close" buttons from the top-right corner in Google Chrome, and as a result of that problem, users cannot be able to close, or to minimize and maximize, the Google Chrome window.


The problem of missing buttons in the Google Chrome browser is usually caused when a different theme is installed, (especially a Dark Theme), so I guess there may be a bug in Google Theme options.

FIX: Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons missing from Google Chrome.

This guide contains several ways to get back the Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons in Chrome browser.

How to FIX: Close, Minimize & Maximize buttons are Missing from Google Chrome.

Method 1. Open a New Chrome window.

A quick but temporary solution to restore the Chrome missing buttons in the upper right corner, is to open a New Window (Ctrl+N), or a New Incognito window (Ctrl+Shift+N).


Close, Minimiza, Maxize Buttons Missing Google Chrome

Method 2. End the Desktop Window Manager (DWM.EXE) process.

Another quick method, to restore the missing "Minimize, Maximize and Close"buttons in Chrome browser, is to terminate the DWM.EXE process. To do that:

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
2. At Processes tab, find and then right-click at Desktop Window Manager process and select End task. *

* Note: In Windows 7 OS, terminate the dwm.exe process.

Restore Missing Buttons Chrome

Method 3. Reset Google Chrome Theme to Default.

The final method to resolve (permanently) the "Close, Minimize and Maximize buttons missing" problem in Google Chrome, is to restore the Google default theme. To do that:

1. From the Chrome Menu image, choose Settings.

Chrome Settings

2. At Appearance options, click Reset to default.

Reset Chrome Theme

That's it! Which method worked for you?
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