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Corrupted Desktop? On the left side of my desktop there is a blue backgrounded band like what appears when you open the Control Panel. In this "window" there are three separate little windows, headed: Folder Tasks, Other Places and Details. No matter what I have tried so far, I cannot get rid of this blue band, which pushes all my desktop icons over to the right and gives me a smaller viewing area. It is not present when I run applications, as the window in which these run seems to overlay the entire desktop. Please help.

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Right click on your desktop>Properties>Settings and peruse your resolution settings and monitor settings. Also most monitors have manual display controls. Without knowing all of the specific hardware that you have I can at least point you to the area where you can change these parameters. Repost if you see more options that I can help you with, respectfully, Steve Medley

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