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Windows XP taskbar--problems with toolbars

My OS is Windows XP, with SP2. I put 4 folders (which contain other folders as well as files) on the taskbar as toolbars, using them as pop-up menus; I placed them to the right, next to the notification area, and enabled "Lock the taskbar." Recently they started to move out of their places every time I started the computer, and spill the subfolders onto the taskbar. I've put them back several times, unlocking the taskbar first, and then relocking it each time after the repositioning; I also had to remove and then re-add the folders as toolbars a few times, because they were hard to move around with the strewn-about subfolders on the taskbar. But they have repeatedly repositioned themselves; and also, a blank section of the taskbar has appeared on the left, next to the quick launch bar, in which minimized windows cannot go, so that they end up piled up in a small area on the taskbar, between the blank section and the misplaced folder-toolbars; I can move this blank "toolbar" left or right, and resize it, but can't figure out how to remove it.

I'd like to know:

1. What's possibly causing the toolbar-folders to keep moving out of their places, and what can be done to stop it;

2. Whether there is a way to remove the blank "toolbar'; and

3. Whether there are more controllable ways to maneuver toolbars on the taskbar than dragging the double bars.

Many thanks for answering my questions.

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How did you do that?

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How did you place the toolbars to the right? I didn't know that was possible except with 3rd party software.


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Taskbar: toolbar troubles

In reply to: How did you do that?

Hello Mark,

I meant toward the right side of the taskbar, but to the left of the notification area.


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Try this in explorer.

In reply to: Windows XP taskbar--problems with toolbars

I remember this to be done with Explorer at one time. Click and drag a folder to the edge of the screen. It may make a toolbar for you.

From memory you right click somewhere on that and close it.

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