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Where's My Taksbar?
Finding your Windows Taskbar
by Tonna Kutner

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Q: I don't know what happened but my taskbar, usually on the bottom of the screen is completely gone.  How do I get it back?

A: Itís incredible the number of cats, children and well meaning adults that have done something to the Windows Taskbar to make it unavailable.  The Taskbar is that special space, usually at the bottom of the screen, that lets you click on ďStartĒ and move between other open applications.  You have probably already noticed that the Taskbar has buttons that correspond to any programs you have open.  Clicking on those buttons lets you easily switch from one task to another. 

But what do you do when it ends up at the top or to the right or left?  Or worse yet, disappears completely?

If itís completely gone, you can touch Crtl-Esc and bring it back.  To get it back more-or-less permanently, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen.  It will turn into a two-headed arrow.  Click and drag upwards and your Taskbar will reappear.  If the mouse cursor doesnít turn into a two-headed arrow, try the sides of the screen or the top.

Most people keep the Taskbar at the bottom, but that doesnít work for everyone.  The entire Taskbar can be moved from the bottom to the top or sides by clicking and dragging on a blank portion of the Taskbar.  If your Taskbar is full, try closing some of your applications until you have a blank area on the Taskbar. 

The size of the Taskbar can be increased or decreased.  Move your mouse to the top border of the Taskbar (assuming itís at the bottom).  It will turn into the two-headed arrow again.  Click and drag it up or down.  You can make your Taskbar two or three or more levels high.  This is useful when you have a lot of applications open and want to see them all.  You can also shrink it down to nothing and frustrate others who use the machine.  Hopefully theyíve read this article and can get it back.

If youíre unable to move or grow your Taskbar, chances are itís locked.   Right click on a blank portion of the Taskbar.  There is a line that says Lock the Taskbar.  If it has a check beside it, the Taskbar is locked.  Click on Lock the Taskbar to remove the check.  Click again and the check reappears.  If you donít want cats, children or other adults to mess with your Taskbar, you might want to lock it as it makes it just a little harder manipulate.

You can also right click on a blank portion of the Taskbar and then click on Properties.  This gives you a check box to lock the Taskbar.  Thereís also a box for Auto Hide Taskbar.  This feature makes the Taskbar disappear until you move your mouse to the edge of the screen where the Taskbar is located.  You can uncheck this box to make the Taskbar always visible.

For detailed instructions on using the Quick Launch feature on the Taskbar, see Quick Launch on the Taskbar.

If you have a computer question you would like answered in this space, send it to tonna@computer-lynx.com.

Tonna Kutner, Computer LYNX, works with companies to list and develop their web sites.  Phone (206) 575-3979 or email tonna@computer-lynx.com. Visit Tonna’s website at www.computer-lynx.com.

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