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    Taskbar 'locked' (Windows XP)

    Not being an XP man, I wonder if an XP lounger can help, please.

    I was playing on an XP machine when the taskbar suddenly doubled in height. (I don't know what I did to provoke this but I'm pretty sure it wasn't to grab hold of the top edge and move it with the cursor.)
    Anyway, I confidently moved the cursor to drag and drop the taskbar back to its original height - and it won't go. I could not find any way to get it to revert to its previous size.

    One thing I noticed was that the time in the system tray now permanently shows the date as well - as opposed to having to hover the cursor over the time to see the date.

    The taskbar is not locked.

    Can any lounger say a) what's happened and [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] how the taskbar can be reverted back to its original size (it will happily increase in height and go back to the double size - it just won't go down to the 'single' height it was)

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    Re: Taskbar 'locked' (Windows XP)

    Try dragging one of the dotted sizing handles (see screenshot) up to the top row, then dragging the top edge of the taskbar down. If that doesn't work, try hiding the toolbars that are displayed in the taskbar (right-click an empty part of the taskbar, select Toolbars, then click the checked items)

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    Re: Taskbar 'locked' (Windows XP)

    I've seen something similar to this once before on my own system and I think a Lounger posted about this last year. It's as if you folded the taskbar over itself. See if you get the double-headed arrow when you hover over what would be the top or bottom line of the lower taskbar. If you do, left-click, hold the mouse button down and drag the cursor above the top taskbar, and release the mouse button. This should cause the line at the end of the Quicklaunch bar to become a solid line and not two seperate and distinct lines. If that is the case, then just grab the top of the taskbar and drag it down to a single height. HTH
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    Re: Taskbar 'locked' (Windows XP)

    YIppee! Back in the relative's good books.
    I've had a lot of trouble getting through to the lounge today so - over at the relative's house - I had experimented more. It's definitely something to do with the Quick Launch bar. If I switched that off, I could resize the task bar as normal. Once it was switched on, it seemed to occupy the whole of the top line and the application taskbar buttons were on the bottom section. I tried Hans' tip and it worked - although while it was in play, the taskbar looked totally wierd. So, all back to normal again - but I would like to know what provoked it in the first place!
    Thanks Hans and Doc. Saved my bacon again.
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    Re: Taskbar 'locked' (Windows XP)

    I don't know why this happens, but the problem is discussed in various places, so apparently it is not uncommon.

    (The Lounge was down for almost 24 hours because of a power outage in the area where the server is)

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