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Double size taskbar

by gabeg / April 23, 2004 7:26 AM PDT

On a new Dell running XP,my taskbar changed to double size and I can not reduce it to one line by dragging or anything else. Any suggestions ? Thanks

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Re: Double size taskbar
by ChuckT / April 23, 2004 7:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Double size taskbar

I have seen this happen a couple times too, and the regular steps of getting it back, don't seem to work.

If you are not aware of the regular steps:
1) unlock the Taskbar by right clicking a blank area in the Taskbar area and un-check the [Lock the Taskbar] selection.

2) more the cursor to a top edge of the Taskbar, and you will see a double-headed up/down arrow.

3) drag the arrow up, to first make it thicker (or wider) and then back down to the width you really want.

4) assuming you get what you want, then just lock the Taskbar again.

Note: it helps, sometimes, to not have any applications running as selections at the time. I have seen some applications "insist" in not permitting the Taskbar width get back to "normal"
What have I done when the above hasn't worked?
Rebooted. SillyShocked That seems to have fixed the times it was really weird.

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Re:Re: Double size taskbar
by gabeg / April 23, 2004 8:15 AM PDT

I have tried both solutions and neithr works.

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Re:Re:Re: Double size taskbar
by ChuckT / April 23, 2004 10:07 AM PDT

Here is another guess:
Change the Taskbar properties of "Hide inactive icons"
(That's when the right side of the Taskbar will go through automatic contraction, or not, of icons not recently selected. the "< or >" button shows when you have "Hide" selected.

My hope here is that the toggling (and applying) of the property may tickle Windows desktop enough to remind it what it supposed to do. Then go back and adjust the Taskbar height manually again.

Hope that works.

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Re:Re:Re: Double size taskbar
by Tufenuf / April 23, 2004 10:27 AM PDT
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Re:Re:Re: Double size taskbar
by radean / April 23, 2004 11:45 AM PDT

How many items in your Quick Launch bar? Too many may cause a "wrap" effect.
Also, have you created any other Toolbars? This can certainly cause your problem.
I have a pretty full Quick Launch bar, plus another bar for handy shortcuts, so mine is normally double size. But since I have it configured to Autohide, it doesn't bother me at all.

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