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Taskbar double width - Why?

by Pupil / September 4, 2005 6:11 AM PDT

I am using XP with Service Pack 2.
Everything has been working fine but in the last two days for some reason the taskbar is double width and I can't find a way to restore it to normal.

The Start Button is in the normal place but below it there is another width of taskbar and the taskbar icons are now arranged in two rows on the right. There is not an excessive number of icons and certainly quite enough space for them to be in a single row as they have been until now. There is no advantage to the present situation and the taskbar just occupies more of the display.

I have looked at Taskbar Properties and available options but with no success in trying to restore this to the former ''normal'' arrangment.

Would be grateful for any advice/help.

Thank you.

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Re: Taskbar double width - Why?
by Tufenuf / September 4, 2005 6:27 AM PDT
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Taskbar double width
by Pupil / September 6, 2005 7:27 AM PDT

Many thanks for your help.
The article you directed me to did not give an immediate answer but it did show me directions to look in and also quite a lot of correspondence about related problems.
What seemed to cure the problem was to delete the language icon. I don't understand why this is so but I am now happily back to one normal width taskbar.

Thank you

P.S. It also led me to a potentially useful ''Taskbar Repair Tool'' I have not used this yet but it looks to be a useful item.


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Resetting Taskbar to single width
by regcnet / September 6, 2005 7:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Taskbar double width

This often happens to me. I have the Google Deskbar in the Taskbar and it oftens wants to spread itself across the taskbar. And on my taskbar there are three sets of tools, Google, Quick Launch, & whatever applications are open. There is a set of dots to the left of each of these sections that spreads or compacts them. Sometimes I mistakenly spread one section out and the taskbar moves to a double width. To solve this I right click on the taskbar area & remove the Google or Quick Launch toolbars. Once I have cleared the spread I can move the taskbar back to one level. Then I right click on the taskbar and put the Google or Quick Launch toolbars back. They stay all on one level because I have not spread them out.

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Here's what I did...
by FrankQTran / September 6, 2005 8:07 AM PDT

1. Move the mouse's cursor into the top edge of the Taskbar. The cursor should be changed to an up-and-down arrow.
2. While you see that up-and-down arrow, left-click the mouse and hold it.
3. Slowly move it down toward to the bottom of the screen
4. You should be back to the normal width Taskbar.


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Taskbar double width
by Pupil / September 11, 2005 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's what I did...

This gets stranger and stranger because my taskbar again reverted to double width without any intentional changes on my part.

I am wondering if there is some form of adware or malware causing it.

I have run AVG virus checker and found no viruses. I shall now run Adaware and Spybot and see if they turn up anything. It is very puzzling.

The good part is that FrankQTran's advice worked and following his method I was able to restore the taskbar to normal single width.

Many thanks to FrankQTran and the others who responded to my enquiry.

The problem is, how long will it be before my taskbar again makes itself double width?


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Frank beat me here, so. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 11, 2005 6:35 AM PDT
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It can happen by accident. I have my task bar set to hide.

For something new and different, click and drag the taskbar to the right side of your screen. Put it back the same way. Have you ever experimented on how large you can get it? It'll go to half screen height.

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You're welcome and...
by FrankQTran / September 11, 2005 7:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Taskbar double width

You asked: ''The problem is, how long will it be before my taskbar again makes itself double width?''

My answer: It's only happen when your Taskbar is ''icons overcrowd'' or by manually set by user.


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Thanks for the help
by KLizotte / July 20, 2010 12:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Here's what I did...

Hi, I know your msg is old but just wanted to let you know that I recently had this problem and you were the only one who figured out to fix it. Seems so obvious now!

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by retired / September 11, 2005 5:21 AM PDT

I've had that happen where the vertical line separating the Quick Launch Toolbar
from the Taskbar is moved and can then double the width of the Taskbar. If you unlock
the Taskbar you should be able to see this line ..... and play around with it by
sliding it back to the right

It's hard to describe but if you persist with it - it will eventually get back to
the single width and you can lock it again

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Remove 2 Task Bars from Windows XP Service Pack3
by willi610 / September 2, 2008 2:05 PM PDT

Depending on which user logs on, both admin. rights, different profiles.
1 is normal the other appears to have 2 task bars double the height.
I can not drag to shrink.
Any answer will be appreciated.

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2 Taskbars?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 2, 2008 8:39 PM PDT

Can you supply a screen print of that at ImageShack, or PhotoBucket?


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taskbar double width
by terptwerpy / March 28, 2011 7:14 AM PDT

Ok, I had the same problem, and finally found this thread, which enabled me to fix my issue -- which I hope is the same as everyone's problem. Like other users, even unlocking the taskbar would not let me resize it to the normal width -- it was double width or nothing.

First, turning off the Quick Launch as suggested above worked for me. Once the icons were gone, i could resize the bar back to normal thickness. However, when i turned them back on, presto bango, it was doulbe width again.

It messed around with this for far too log before I noticed that in the unlocked mode, there were a series of dots just to the right of the Start menu that were movable.

Then i noticed that there were two sets of these, one for the Quick Launch icons, and another in front of the active program listings. I grabbed the active progam list and dragged it to the upper line of the double width tool bar and presto! everythinhg was back on the same line in the taskbar, and after i locked it, it remained as i wanted it.

This is an old laptop my kids use to play games at Nick Jr, so they were most likely the source of the original problem, not some sort of malware (the appearance is always different after they use it,...)

I hope this helps!!

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