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Q: taskbar buttons gone

Hi everyone,
Sorry to disturb with a petty and stupid problem like this one. Don't know how exactly I managed to do it , but my the buttons for running applications are gone from my taskbar. Can only switch between programs via ALT+TAB, which is not always convenient.
I have start button, quick launch tab, language tab and notification tray in my taskbar all working properly, but the actual buttons for running programs are not displayed. Also the dividing border is missing between the quick launch tab and the area where the buttons for running applications normaly appear (little 'engraved' dots line in Windows XP theme). And the taskbar itself looks like there is another one under it (two edges on top). However, draging it around the screen does not help.
Could you please suggest how to restore the default appearance of the taskbar.
Thank you very much,


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A: taskbar buttons gone

Right click on the Taskbar, click Properties, is the Taskbar locked?

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So i used IOBit Advanced System Care 5 to tweak some settings and apparently I messed something up lol I have reset them to default but it still does the same I have restarted several times, I haven't tried a system restore yet as that sometimes can cause problems beyond what it's worth, but I am willing to do it if it will help!

As you can see from the picture, when I have a single window open the button in the taskbar is stretched to fill the entire taskbar, if I open 2 they each take up 50% of the task bar and so on. I would like to return to normal sized buttons but I have no idea how to go about that!

Thanks in advanced if anyone can help, and PS I hope this isn't a repeat question I used the search function but the only threads I could seem to find were about stretching the taskbar across multiple monitors which is not what this is abut. so sorry for that if this is a common question

A:Buttons on Taskbar stretch to fill entire Taskbar

Welcome aboard, Charles Darwin Nice name

Advanced System Care 5 makes such a mess is reported earlier, too . First what I am to say you that windows 7 does not need any advanced system care at all . All these programs are not enough able to care windows 7 system. The inbuilt disk cleanup utility and CCleaner is enough for the OS.

Now let us discuss about the fix. If some registry backups are made by Advanced System Care 5 , restore those backups first.

If not fixed yet, follow SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker .

Another idea to fix it may be by applying the System Restore to an earlier date than occurrence of that mess.

If still not fixed, try Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size .

At the last point, you can always perform a Repair Install , when no other fixes are working.

Please post back with results

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I want to see all task bar buttons and not have them grouped. XP Taskbar menu offers check "Group similar taskbar buttons." I leave this unchecked, then Apply, then OK. XP still groups the similar buttons (e.g., Word doc1, Word doc2, etc.) instead of having these ungrouped. Ideas? Suggestions?

A:XP Taskbar fails at NOT Group Similar Taskbar Buttons

Hi arthurk and welcome

Have you also 'locked' the taskbar option? Rightclick on the taskbar and see if there is a tick next to this item. If not, Rightclick again and choose Properties and see if there is a tick next to Taskbar and Group Similar Taskbar Buttons.

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Is there a way to move the taskbar buttons around? Like to the middle for example. I tried moving my firefox to the right of the taskbar but it shot back to where it previously was.

A:Taskbar Buttons

The taskbar buttons can be rearranged by drag and drop.

to move the entire set to the right, Unlock the taskbar and
drag the Bar to the right. All buttons will be to the right side
of this limiter.

Right click the task bar and click on " Lock the Taskbar "

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The problem: all the buttons from the taskbar are disappeared. I try to put them back but nothing. When I try to pin a program shortcut, appear that it is already pinned, but I can't see it. Please help.
I tried with quick launch, they apear, but when I start a program the button is not activated.

A:Disapeared taskbar buttons

Sorry posted in wrong thread

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everytime I open a new application the taskbar does not show a button for it. so if I minimize it I can't retrieve it. any ideas?

A:taskbar buttons disappeared

Welcome to TSF....

Try this:

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!


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my taskbar buttons appear like this:

when it's supposed to be like this.

please help me.

A:Please Help! I've got problems with my taskbar buttons.

Right-click the taskbar >choose Properties > uncheck "use small icons"

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I seem to have my taskbar buttons at the large setting, but they would suit me better if they were 50% larger. On my screen they are about 6mm, less than 1/4". I can adjust the desktop icons easily enough. There is plenty of room on the left side of my 27" 2560X1440 monitor for bigger ones.

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Hey guys,

Loving windows 7 so far. The only gripe I have is I'd like to find a way to use buttons and not labels on the taskbar without combining - for example, if I'm using multiple firefox browsers, it collapses into the same icon. I'd prefer to have different icons for each different browser to eliminate the extra mouse click or hover time required.

Does anybody know if this is possible yet?



A:Keep taskbar buttons but don't combine?

Hello Jonny,

You might see if adjusting the width if the taskbar buttins to a smaller size may be able to hide the text and have it look the way you wanted when set to not combine.

Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size

Hope this helps,

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Hi there,

As i have said in the title my taskbar buttons are having a problem. When i minimize a window, this usually goes to the taskbar. Well now it just goes straight to the bottom of the screen in little tiny windows. They can be restored to normal size. I havent been doing anything to do with the taskbar. It has suddenly decided to just do this.

Thank you for reading.

A:Taskbar Buttons Problem

Hi Ranger1992Easy,

Welcome to TSG. Whenever I minimise a Word document, for example, it will go to the bottom of my screen. What sort of program are you using that now does not minimise as before?

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Is there any way to have the pinned buttons in more than one row similar to XP and Vista when a deeper taskbar is chosen?

A:Have pinned buttons in taskbar in more than one row?

Welcome to Seven Forums HairyScot. Right click the taskbar, untick Lock The Taskbar. Put your cursor on the top and drag the taskbar to double size. Lock the taskbar. If you mean on a normal sized taskbar, then not that I'm aware of. A Guy

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Is it possible to re-arrange the Taskbar buttons? I notice Windows automatically arranges them in the order in which the programs/items were opened. I like to have my email program first, but if I have to close and re-open it, Windows puts it in the last position. Other than closing everything and re-opening in the sequence I want the buttons to appear, is there a way to allow me to move them to the sequence I want?



A:Re-Arrange Taskbar Buttons?

You may have a different setup to me, but all I would do is right click them and drag them to where I prefer them.

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Why is it that after using my PC for a wale the buttons on the Taskbar will not reponed anymore. To be able to use tham again I have to RESTART my PC each time?

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My computer runs with Windows XP Media Center 2004. For some unknown reasons, it has two sets of taskbar buttons. Every window opened has two buttons in the taskbar. The taskbar has the following buttons from left to right: Start, Quick Launch buttons, first set of program buttons, second set of program buttons, active background prgrams and clock.

How do I get rid of one set of the taskbar buttons? Please help, thanks a bunch.

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I have a problems on TaskBar that when I open a folder or any program it will normally show the buttons at the TaskBar.

ex: [START] [My Documents] [Internet Expl...] < [] [] [] 3:12 PM

The above example is the normal TaskBar sould shown.

But now it's doesn't show anything except the [START] the background running program (MSN Messenger and others) and the clock.

I don't no what cause this problems I tried to search your forums and fixing the Windows with Norton System Work but I still couldn't fix it or solve it.

Only my User Account. The other account work well.
I think there something corrupted like in the reg.

Can you help me to solve this problem?

Thank You!

A:Missing TaskBar Buttons

TSG thread you might have a look at.

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Mysteriously enough I am having the same trouble

I have done all the obvious
- restarted
- create and tried another profile/log on (the problem isnt happening there)
- searched the MS Knowledge base
- Browsed the MS Newsgroups which led me to http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm where I tried #240 and http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks2.htm#util - fixes - restore task bar to default setting
- I started in Safe Mode (problem still exists) and swapped to a different user still in safe mode (problem does not occur)

If I close the "Quick Launch Bar" (and dont have any other of the taskbar toolbars active) - I dont have a taskbar/start bar

In the Taskbar properties Keep the taskbar... and Group similar... are on/checked

Any suggestions? While this isnt disabling, its pretty annoying


A:missing taskbar buttons-pls help!

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Is it possible to stop the taskbar buttons from flashing.

I know why this is happening happen but I don't like it nor do I need need it.



A:Taskbar buttons flashing

Hello Aperture.

Have a look at the tutorial at the link below to see if changing the "flash" time will make them easier to deal with for you; be sure to keep us informed.

Taskbar Button Flash - Change Flash Count

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Is there a way to put a shortcut on the taskbar that would perform a shutdown when clicked? And another one that would perform a restart?

A:Power Buttons on Taskbar?

Hello, I think this still works in W10

How To Add Windows 8 Shutdown / Restart Shortcuts To Start Screen, Taskbar And Desktop | Redmond Pie

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Why is it that some Taskbar buttons combine and some don't? Currently, I have FireFox, IE, Safari, Outlook and Windows Explorer pinned to my Taskbar. When I start Firefox, Outlook or Windows Explorer, the windows group to the program icon on the Taskbar. If I launch IE or Safari, the windows don't group to the program icons but rather open a new button to the right of my 5 program icons. I have a funny feeling that it wasn't always that way. Does anyone know why?? PS. I'm on Ultimate 64bit

A:Some Taskbar buttons not combining

I've noticed this over the past several weeks as well.  For me, it dealt more with programs updating and newer versions changing the pinned programs' shortcuts.  Here's the simple steps I've taken to remedy this (though I'm not aware if this will work between updates):
Open program that isn't combining properly, so it shows uncombined in taskbar.
Unpin original link from taskbar.
Pin newly-opened program from an opened, uncombined program-- do NOT pin from Start Menu or other shortcut.
This happened with Google Chrome, AIM, and iTunes.  All 3 have been updated recently, so that may be the culprit.  Since I've unpinned and re-pinned, everything seems to work as it should.  Appears to be an issue with shortcut handling and the combined buttons.  Just pin from the opened program itself and all is well.

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Hi all

I'm having a problem with my taskbar buttons. They attempt to display the full directory they represent. For example, three of them display "C:\Documents and...." becasue they attempt to display the full directory. It's a new computer and I don't remember my old XP installation doing this. It makes negotiating between windows difficult because it is difficult to see which folder is being represented.

Is it posible to change it so that only the specific folder name is displayed?

Thanks in advance.

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I do not know what really is the problem. The taskbar buttons could not be seen when i have other programs and windows running. I can only switch from one window to another using the Alt+Tab button. I am using windows XP Home. I've made a printscreen of the problem. Hope to get some good advises soon. I really need help!

A:Solved: Couldn't see taskbar buttons.

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Do anyone knows how to enlarge the fonts of the taskbar buttons without altering the dpi?

I tried all the items listed in:
Personalization -> Windows Color and Appearance -> Advanced appearance settings

but none of them does the job


A:How to enlarge the fonts of the taskbar buttons

try this from microsoft (Google search): Make the text on your screen larger or smaller

at the bottom of the tutorial I think it alters the DPI, so if the top bit alters it, try changing it back, and hopefully the text stays

There is another program for vision/hearing/etc impared that could potentially help you, even if you aren't any of those. It sometimes lets you alter things you otherwise could not, I just forget the name of it in windows 7, I'll have to get back to you on what I'm talking about.

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I'm going nuts trying to find a solution for this.
How can I have my taskbar buttons to open in the order they were opened and stay that way? (FYI buttons are un-grouped)

It's mainly my internet buttons/tabs at the bottom. Before W7, they opened in the order I open them. Example: the last thing I opened be it IE, explorer, or an app should be the last button next to the clock. Right now I have 4 windows open and all the buttons/tabs at the bottom say the same thing. W7 keeps arranging them then I have to look for the new order ...

I hope I have explained my situation enough ... Please help while I still have some hair not pulled out.

A:Taskbar buttons - auto order

Hey Mr Bear Welcome to Seven Forums,
Do you have your taskbar properties set to "NEVER COMBINE" Like this,

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Hi all

I have followed various guides on the internet to achieve this but it does not seem to work.

I have found I like my task bar to be big icons and always combine, no labels. I think this is pretty default. I used to use a 3 high non combine task bar in WinXP, but anyway.

But when have e.g. mulitple windows open, and I click the taskbar icon I want a Text list of my open windows, not the Thumbnails ..

If I open e.g. 11 windows, I get what I want. Please see pictures.

If you look at the thumbnail image you will see it is nearly impossible to tell actually which window is which, as they all look the same, and Windows helpfully cuts of the title of the window. :/

How ever if I open a couple more windows I get a nice text list that lets me choose exactly what I want.

How do I get a text list ALL THE TIME?
I have diabled Aero Peek in the taskbar property setting but I beleive this is just for Desktop only. I have rad that disabling it in Computer properties -- see attached screen shot should fix it, but I have done this, restarted and it's still showing me thumbnails.

How do I fix this ? Cheers all

A:How to disable thumbnails on taskbar buttons

I downloaded UWT tools and disabled thumbnails on Taskbar but this just removed the 'hover thumb' - which is somethign I didn't mind. I still get the thumbs when I click the button. problem still unsolved. Any ideas?

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I don't like the new fancy context menu of taskbar buttons. Can I return the old simple Windows XP one or is this also not possible?

A:Taskbar buttons context menu

Easy way. Hold the Shift button when right clicking on taskbar button.
Or you could use this.
7 Taskbar Tweaker - RaMMicHaeL's home page

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I've been running Windows 2000 for quite some time and have loaded up one computer here with XP. In Win2k, I can drag program menu items from the Start menu and drop them onto the taskbar. From there, I can start programs without having to press the Start button first.

XP won't let me do this. Is there a way to overcome this?

A:Placing Program Buttons on Taskbar in XP?

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When I try and open Firefox and/or IE 9, they will only open as buttons on the taskbar. No window on the desktop. I can preview them with Aero peek but when I right click on the taskbar button and select maximize, restore, minimize nothing happens. I have looked at the properties on all of the shortcuts and they all say to run as normal window. Any other programs and games open as they should. Any ideas? Thanks!

A:Browsers are opening as buttons on the taskbar only

Hi Macatbigez, welcome to the Seven Forums.

This happens sometimes for instance if you have had a second display connected that is then disconnected, Windows opens the application in non-existing "ghost" display.

If this is your case, click repeatedly the icon in taskbar (maximize / minimize) to see if the window opens and disappears to the left or to the right when maximized. Follow the instructions in this post to bring it to your desktop: Windows disappearing to the side...


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My default setting for the taskbar buttons is never combine.
However, I use Sticky Notes a lot - that's why its pinned to the taskbar, so it saves all my notes. Therefore, I would like the tab for sticky notes to be like if it were combined, so the tab is smaller, and not like the usual size.

basically it should look like this
it should be as small as it is in the picture, not like i.e. the google mail tab.
however, if i add some new stickies the tab becomes like the google mail tab.

If you guys don't understand what I mean, please say it, so I can be more precise.

A:Taskbar Buttons - Combine upon selection

no one?

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I want to know is it possible to Iconize only some programs while others not?

E.G. i wish to keep WMP always in small icon to save space while Explorer in full mode.

Any comments appericiated.

A:making only some taskbar buttons iconize

unfortunately this isn't possible have you considered a gadget instead?

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When you mouse over a button on the taskbar in Windows 7, the button glows in the predominant color of the program's icon, with the glow being most intense where the cursor currently is. Then the cursor leaves the button, the glow goes away.

However, for me, when the cursor leaves a button and does not then enter another button, the glow stays on the previously hovered over button. This is not what is supposed to happen. Does anyone know what causes this or how to fix it?

A:Glow on taskbar buttons doesn't go away

Does the glow disappear when you click the desktop?

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Hi! I just noticed something cool!

If you have multiple taskbar buttons open then u can drag them along the taskbar and arrange them the way you like!

Its supercool since now Alt+Tab and Flip 3D is completely redundant thanks to Aero Peek!

Would like to hear from others!


A:New feature? Drag Taskbar buttons

Yep, I wouldn't call flip3D redundant though, as you can pin it to the taskbar and/or put it in your context menu as well.

Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut

Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu - Vista Forums

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Sometimes I have a lot of stuff open, so here's how I have my taskbar in Windows 7.

As you can see, the application buttons are laid out horizontally. I'd like to be able to arrange them so they're stacked vertically instead as I think I'd be able to get better grouping.

Are there any applications or reg hacks that would do this? Thanks!

A:Are vertically stacked taskbar buttons possible?

Does this informative tutorial help?
Taskbar - Move Location on Desktop Screen

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Hello friends i m new here
i just joined the forum
my 1st thread here

ok the thing i wanna ask is about windows 7 taskbar

i wanna make the windows 7 taskbar looks like windows vista taskbar
for that i enable the quick launch toolbar
then after that i set the quick launch buttons to large icons.....

and thats it
this is my problem
when i set large icons for quick launch
my taskbar buttons moves little bit upwards freeing some space at the bottom of taskbar
check the screenshots for in-depth issue

now i wanna ask as we know there is a little twick in windows 7 registory which can enable us to increase the width of taskbar buttons
but my problem is different
i wanna know is there any twick which can enable us to increase or decrease the size of taskbar buttons vertically
i mean i wanna inccrease the height of my taskbar buttons
is there any way to do it...

waiting for replies

thanx in advance

A:Windows 7 taskbar Buttons Issue

Hello Onlyeuro, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if this may be able to help.

Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size

Hope this helps,

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My problem is that for the past week the buttons/icons in the taskbar have been about 1/2-1/4 smaller than they're supposed to be. No text even shows up next to them.

So far I've tried changing every visual setting I can think of (taskbar menu, dpi, res., visual effect, etc...) but nothing has worked. I compared my registry entries for explorer to my girlfriend who is also running vista and everything is exactly the same. It's really bugging me and I have no idea what happened.

I have object dock installed, but I've disabled it for now and nothing has changed.

I've searched all over the net for a solution but no one seems to have one, so any help would be really appreciated. Thanks.

A:Taskbar buttons/Icons too small

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I like to use Sticky Notes. But it's taskbar button is always full width on the taskbar. This takes up too much room on the taskbar. Is there a way to faviconize it like you can tabs in some browsers? Is there an addon that I can install? I know nothing about Windows Registry settings. I always thought it was wise to leave them alone.

Thanks in advance.

A:Faviconize Windows 7 Taskbar Buttons

Hello Dwight,

Not really, but here are some options you might see may help as a workaround.

Use small icons on the taskbar.


Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size

Hope this helps some,

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i have windows xp PC tablet and the task buttons of the taskbar will not display .... when i mimimise anything it just sort of dissapears into thin air ... and no it is not hidden under some other menu .... its not ... it not even in any grey area outside of the taskbar ... i dont know what to do ... help!!!!!

A:task buttons in the taskbar do not appear anymore!!

try running this script This will restore the registry entries for the taskbar. Disable AV or firewall softwares before running the script.

If above doesnt work try this script

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Ok I know this is probably simple but I've tried everything. My new kitten walked across the keyboard and now any window I minimize is hidden from view. I have tried unlocking and resizing the taskbar, Making sure nothing is marked as hidden on settings, moving the taskbar, making sure I have the setting marked for "always in front" and every other setting I can think of. This is driving me crazy. I have to literally reclick on the program icons to maximize any running programs. Help! I am running XP sp2.

A:Minimized taskbar buttons lost

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How can I change the height of these taskbar buttons to be shorter?

A:change height of taskbar buttons

Right click on the taskbar and select Properties. Then check the Use Small Icons box.

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Hi there,

I've noticed that in the past couple of weeks my taskbar buttons have become much less responsive when stacked. This is mostly in relation to internet explorer. When I have several stacked IE windows open and minimized, I sometimes have to click the taskbar button several times before the preview tiles come up. Then when I click the tiles the window doesn't always maximise, and instead they just disappear.

Is there any anything I can do to change this, as it wasn't happening before?

A:TaskBar Buttons have become unresponsive when stacked

Hello Ortega, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if turning off Animations in the taskbar in your visual effects settings may be able to help improve how fast the taskbar thumbnail previews open some.

Visual Effects - Adjust in Windows 8

If that doesn't help, then you could also manually adjust the taskbar thumbnail preview delay time to be shorter.

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Change Delay Time - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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It's usually the Firefox button. Sometimes the mouse pointer will move, but I can't get a reaction when I click on a link or a button. Alt-Tab brings the buttons back and makes the mouse pointer work.

Thanks for any suggestions.

A:Program buttons disappear from XP taskbar

I have had this issue and the only fix I know of is updating to Windows 7

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My taksbar buttons size are very small. I have no idea how it happened.
Anyone have any ideas?

Here is what it looks like:


A:Solved: Taskbar buttons messed up

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Using the computer (Windows Vista) after my little sister I found that she had done something to the taskbar so that the buttons showing open windows appear on the right instead of on the left.
I cannot work out how this was done or how to change it back, and can't find anything about making the taskbar work from right to left in any help files.
It's not a terrible fault, but it's rather annoying as we aren't used to looking there for open things, and it automatically squashes the taskbar buttons up because it thinks it hasn't got much room.

Any idea how to make it go back to normal? Thank you.

A:Solved: Taskbar buttons gone all right-to-left

Never mind, happened upon the solution.

In case anyone else ever wants to know, the reason I couldn't move the tasbar buttons back was that the taskbar was locked. Unlocking the taskbar (right click inside taskbar and untick 'Lock the taskbar') allowed the handles for resizing each of the sections of the toolbar to be shown.

The section for active windows was really small and squashed up on the right; extending it back over towards the Quicklaunch tray on the right fixed the problem.

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Is there a limit to the number of buttons that you can have on your taskbar?

Why can't I add MS Outlook 2007 button?

I am running Win7 64-bit on a new hp p6240f w/8GB Memory and an Intel Q8300 quad-core chip. I have no problem adding buttons for other MS Office 2007 apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint. But Outlook 2007 will not let me pin itself to the taskbar.

I have nine buttons already on the taskbar, including the other Office apps mentioned above.

I also seem to have a problem pinning several other apps to the taksbar. Do all of the pinned apps need to be 64-bit or can you pin 32-bit as well.

Any assistance or guidance will be most appreciated.

Thank you.

A:Win7 taskbar buttons questions

Hi and Welcome to Seven Forums ,

You could follow this tutorial

Hope that helps

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Hi everyone, whenever I shut down and restart my computer (HP mini netbook) my task bar resets to the old windows task bar/windows and buttons. I would have to re-change it to the Windows XP in the theme section for it to go back to normal every time I sign in for it to go back to the original, is there any solution to this problem? is it a virus or malware that changes it back on purpose?? Never had this problem so hopefully someone can help me out, appreciate it and thanks in advance.

A:Old Taskbar/Windows and Buttons on Restart??

hiya,there may be some help here,line 54.http://redirectingat.com/?id=1402X5...re.co.uk/forum/34141-35-windows-desktop-reset

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Hi, new to the site. I came here a few days ago to try and resolve a problem I have been having with my taskbar. The problem is that I cannot see the buttons on the taskbar of programs I am running. I have read through other threads concerning this same problem and have tried everything recommended. I have updated my sys, virus definitons and patches. I have run many differant virus scans. Can somebody pls take a look at my HijackThis log below.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.96.1
Scan saved at 4:12:54 PM, on 8/21/2003
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Adaptec\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\BroadJump\Client Foundation\CFD.exe
C:\Program Files\Support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp3\winampa.exe
C:\Program Files\ICQLite\ICQLite... Read more

A:[Resolved] missing taskbar buttons-pls help!

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I keep 'losing' my quick-launch icons on the left-hand side of the task-bar. The icons first become inoperative, and shortly afterwards vanish altogether. Hovering the mouse pointer over the quick-launch corner does briefly produce the outline of buttons, and the "tip box", but nothing further. They do return if I re-boot, but are soon gone again. If I right-click-Open Folder, Win explorer opens the folder containing the links, and clicking on those links does work. Any ideas folks?

This problem has been present since MS pushed WinXP Pro SP3.

Lynn Z

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