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XP Taskbar open programs gone

Hello,
maybe someone can help. The open programs are no longer visible in my taskbar. I only have the language bar now and the icons in the notification area. I can still alt-tab, but I would like to see the open programs.
It does not matter if the taskbar is locked or not. If I make the taskbar 2 lines, I still only have the language bar. By the way, if I close the language bar, the taskbar is gone completely!
I run XP SP2, with all the latest patches, on a Dell Inspiron 8600 notebook. My screen resolution is 1920x1200, which is exceptional high, so maybe important to know.
Thanx.
Peter Hofstee

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This may help

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Re: no taskbar

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If you believe that this has something to do with the screen resolution: just lower it to see if it helps. That's easy to do: right click on an empty part of the desktop, choose properties, choose the right tab and drag the slider to the left. It's good to exclude this as a possible cause.

Are you aware of any change (settings, programs installed) between the last time the icons were visible and the first time they weren't. Such things might be a clue.

Anyway, registry patch #240 and #298 from http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm might be the solution.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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Re: Taskbar open programs gone

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Peter, Kees suggestion of Line 240 (left column) is right on the money. Click on "Programs Aren't Minimized in the Taskbar" to download a vbs file and save it to your hard drive (you may want to right click and use Save Target As). Double
click the vbs file. You will be prompted when the script is done.

"NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry."

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

Files from the above link are safe to download & run as it's probably the most trustworthy & best Windows XP site on the Internet. IMO.

Tufenuf

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Line 240 worked!

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Re: Line 240 worked!

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Peter, Glad to see that the problem is fixed & Thanks for posting back to let us know.

Tufenuf

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