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Task Bar Hang Up

Do you know how to stop my Windows XP task bar from hanging up. A portion of it sporadically becomes transparent showing the desktop through it.

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  • emoglotz Nov 07, 2008

    Doubt it...have virus program installed. Has not found a problem. Memory sufficient tor running major programs. Happens even when no programs are running.

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It can be aggravating when the taskbar get's stuck open and won't hide. This is caused when one (or more) of the running processes is requiring some type of response; an application may need to close or one needs to be updated or a dialogue needs to be acknowledged. All you have to do is check all the processes that are listed (hidden or unhidden) in the lower right corner of the task bar (right click and select the best option). If you have a desktop email client it could be as easy as checking there is no new mail (especially in folders like "Spam" or "Important" or "Archived". You could also check the Task Monitor or the Taskbar Properties but the above solution will work 99% of the time.

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Memory insufficient or a virus problem.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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    Additional of extra ram, or optimize your system throgh c cleaner or tune up utilities, if not solved then check whether computer is affected by virus or malware......

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Task bar at bottom with font size on it has gone


The task bar is an important part of the Windows experience. Not only does it contain a variety of information including what time it is and how much battery life is left it's the way most Windows users open programs and documents. As such, the task bar disappearing is a stressful thing, but fixing this problem on your own is possible.

Auto-Hide Sometimes you may think your task bar has disappeared, but it's really just been set to "auto-hide." Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and see if it pops up automatically. Then check all four sides of the screen. If the task bar was simply auto-hiding, disable this feature by right-clicking the task bar, clicking "Properties" and unchecking "Auto-hide the Taskbar." b> Reboot b> If your task bar disappears, and auto-hide isn't the culprit, the first thing you should do is reboot your computer this fixes the problems in most instances. Only one problem: because your task bar disappeared you can't access the "Start" menu in order to shut down the computer. Instead press "Alt," "Ctrl," and "Delete" at the same time and press "Restart" in the window that pops up after doing so. Your computer should restart, and in most cases your task bar should come back when it restarts. b> More Options b> If rebooting doesn't fix cause the task bar to reappear, your computer might have a problem starting explorer.exe, the program that displays the task bar and desktop icons in Windows. Press "Ctrl," "Shift," and "Esc" at the same time to bring up the System Manager. Then click "File," followed by "New Task (Run)" and type "explorer.exe" in the dialogue box that pops up. You now have your task bar and desktop icons back. Reboot to see if they stick around after rebooting. If not, repeat the process in the above paragraph. When you have you task bar back click "Start," then "Programs," then "Accessories," then "System Tools" and then "System Restore." Restore the computer to a time when everything was working fine by clicking that date on the calendar. Reboot to see if this fixes the problem. If none of this brought back your task bar permanently it may be time to run a repair install. Change My Task Bar b> In Windows operating systems, the taskbar shows your currently active windows and programs, shortcuts to your favorite programs, the time, your volume control, active programs and the "Start" button. You may want to change the taskbar so it has a different look or to customize it to suit your needs when using your computer. Windows XP users have fewer options than Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, but all operating system owners can make changes to the taskbar.

Right-click in your taskbar. Left-click on "Lock the taskbar" if it is currently checked. Otherwise, click back onto the taskbar. Click on any empty area of the taskbar. Drag the taskbar to the position (bottom, top, left or right side of the screen) you desire, and release it. Re the taskbar by moving your cursor to where the taskbar ends. Your cursor will change to a two-way arrow. Left-click and drag the taskbar until it reaches the you want. Move your cursor over the series of separator bumps between the Start button and the Quick Launch menu, and the Quick Launch menu and the active programs section of the taskbar, to alter the of the Quick Launch menu and the active programs area. Right-click the taskbar, and left-click on "Lock the taskbar" once you've completed the changes you wish to make. b> Change Taskbar Options b> Right-click on the taskbar, and left-click on "Properties." Modify the taskbar settings so that it appears the way you like. You can decide whether to show the Quick Launch menu (a series of icons for your most commonly used programs), to show thumbnails for your active programs in Windows 7 and Windows Vista and to group similar active programs, and to automatically hide the taskbar or to always have it on top of other windows. Click on the "Notification" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to modify the way the notification area to the far right appears. Stay on the taskbar tab in Windows XP. Hide inactive icons, and decide which information to show, including the clock or the volume, power and network icons in Windows 7 and Vista. Click on the "Customize" button to specify which programs or notifications should always show, never show or grow inactive with disuse. Click on the "Toolbars" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to specify which toolbars you wish to see in the taskbar. Your options will vary according to the programs you have installed on your computer but may include the Quick Launch, address bar and links toolbars. Click the "Apply" button, then "OK" once you have made the changes you desire. Hope this helps.

Jan 16, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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How to get the task bar to it natural size?


It is possible to make the task bar taller than it is by default, and this is the only way that I know of to change the size of the task bar, so I have to assume that you are asking how to take the task bar back down to the original "tallness." You would put your mouse cursor at the top of the task bar until it turns into a double-headed arrow, and then click down and drag the top edge toward the bottom of the screen until it is the normal height. If the task bar is locked, this cannot be done, so make sure it is unlocked by right-clicking on an empty spot on the task bar and make sure that "lock task bar" is not checked first.

Jun 10, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional Full...

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I accidentally closed my language bar..when i open my language bar on the task menu by right click then toolbar but it doesn't appear.


If you right click the taskbar right where the Language Bar should be, you should get the Language Bar context menu. Choose settings. Uncheck "Show the Language Bar on the Desktop" Check it again to reveal the other checkbox below, "Show the Language Bar as Transparent when Inactive." Uncheck THAT one and click OK to get through the dialog boxes.
Hope this helps!

Mar 09, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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The icons that were at the bottom Windows desktop have migrated to the LH side of the screen. How do I undo this?


If this is an xp, you need to first unlock the task bar. Right click on the task bar, click properties, and uncheck Lock The Task Bar. If it is already unchecked, all you need to do is drag the entire task bar back to where you want it by holding the left button, then release when the taskbar is where you want it to be.

Dec 18, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook

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Missing battery indicator in the task bar


Hi,

No this is more typical with Windows Vista users as updates can disable the icons from the notification bar.

Chose 'taskbar' tab, then click 'customize' and chose the option for the battery icon and change to 'show' .


If you need anymore help please post back.


Regards.

Nov 26, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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I HAVE A WINDOW XP HOME EDITION AND WHEN I START MY COMPUTER THE ONLY THING THAT COMES UP IS THE BACKGROUND. THERE ARE NO ICONS OR A BAR AT BOTTOM OF SCREEN.


the icons and the bar(task bar) at the bottom of the screen are enabled by the explorer.exe file

it starts automatically but in your case it is not starting

to start it when your computer starts and comes at the desktop, press alt+ctrl+delete button at the same time to bring up the task manager

when you do this a task manager shows up in a window

in task manager window click on file, it will be located on the top left portion on task manager

now click on "new task(run)"

this opens another window, in that window type
"explorer"
without the quotes "" and press enter
this will bring you icons and task bar at the bottom of the screen

Sep 29, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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AFter my PC wakes up from being away from it (screen saver is on), I noticed the task bar at the bottom of the screen is no longer there. How can I get this back without having to reboot my pc?


it seems it always hang, try to disk clean up your pc and defragment your hard disk. if this still happens check your set up maybe you just turn on the auto hide the task bar.

Sep 16, 2009 | Dell Studio XPS 435 PC Desktop

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Task bar displays


Just right click the task bar and click properties and then click customize , then click restore default Over!!!!

Aug 22, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 Full...

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Task bar is grey upon start up


^Try going do the display properties again but this time on the Appearance tab.

You will have a dropdown box and select windows xp default.

let me know if it helps

Jun 20, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Start Task bar not showing


Press the Windows key to open the Start menu, then right-click the start button and choose properties.

Next, go to the task bar tab and
1. Uncheck auto-hide
2. Check keep task bar on top of other windows

Dec 11, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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