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Start Task bar not showing

Windows XP loads, all the icons appear but the Start task bar is not visible. If I open one of the icons (eg. Excel) & then minimise the window it goes somewhere but cannot be seen. I am therefore unable to perform any functions, get to any programs not featured on my desktop or shutdown other than by just switching off the power.

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  • Pancee Dec 13, 2008

    Pressing the Windows key does nothing.

  • Pancee Dec 13, 2008

    Thanks very much. Did not mean to imply it wasn't helpful just that I had already tried pressing windows button & it hadn't fixed the problem. If I open an icon eg. Excel & then minimise the spreadsheet it drops down somewhere so I am sure the task bar is there it just is not visible. I have tried moving the icons up to the top of the screen - now up as far as the monitor controls allow & the task bar is still not visible. Hope this gives you more info to work with

  • Pancee Dec 13, 2008

    Have reset the monitor & reset it to the factory settings, all to no avail. Have also downloaded the manual but it has not helped either.

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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

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

  • Dan
    Dan Dec 13, 2008

    I am trying to help, this solution is not inappropriate.
    If you were to give me more time to troubleshoot, possibly we would have fixed your problem.


  • Dan
    Dan Dec 13, 2008

    Have you tried resetting your monitor?
    Look for a reset button on the front panel, or somewhere in the control menu.

    It may not be a windows setting, but may be your monitor itself.


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