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I am unable to get the double arrow when I clicl the mouse to increase the size of the taskbar. If I go into properties the lock taskbar is grey shade of colour with a tick in the box which I am unable to change. Any ideas folks as its driving me insane.Thanyou

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This problem is related to group policies or a registry error as outlined at the below link:

http://www.winxptutor.com/unlocktb.htm
WINDOWS XP HOME:

  1. Open regedit by going to Start -> Run -> type "regedit" (without quotes).
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the area to the right, delete the LockTaskbar entry and close the registry.
Your problem should be fixed.

WINDOWS XP PRO
  1. Go to Start -> Run -> type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes)
  2. Go to User Configuration.
  3. Then to Administrative Templates.
  4. Then to Start Menu and Task bar.
  5. Change the Lock the Taskbar policy to "Not Configured" (without quotes).
Your problem should be resolved.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

  • Matt H
    Matt H Mar 04, 2009

    Was your problem resolve with one of the above solutions? I'm curious if it worked.

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