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Program quick launch drop down has disappeared

I used to have a media/program launch at the top of my screen that would appear when the mouse moved to the top of the screen, but it has disappeared. I don't know what it is really called, so I can't even look for solutions. Can anyone help?

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  • sarah_kendri May 28, 2009

    I tried, it doesnt appear. what it was was a categorized drop-down launch menu - it had internet, mail, media, etc, (about five items) and when I moved my mouse to the top of the screen they would appear and when the poiinter went over any of them they had a sub drop-down that had programs to launch. When that disappeared I also lost the appearance of the volume status bar that would come up whenever I pressed the volume hot keys at the top of my keyboard. I have a feeling it is a driver issue, btu since I dont know what to even call those missing visuals, I have no idea how to search otu the solution. Thanks for the advice, though.

  • sarah_kendri May 28, 2009

    its the Studio 15 laptop. The media keys and volume work, but the appearance of the volume on the screen is what is missing. as is the drop down launch bar a the top.

  • Brandon Heins May 11, 2010

    What keyboard are you using? Some keyboards come with software that may do that, they simulate media buttons common on a lot of keyboards.

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I think what you are looking for is a quicklaunch toolbar. Drag a folder to the top of your screen and let go and it sahould create a toolbar then you should be able to add more stuff to it. Let me know if that is what you were looking for

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  • Troy Anderson May 28, 2009

    Are you talking about the same bar that has the start menu?

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