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« on: June 26, 2009, 04:36:03 PM »

Help! (please)

For several years, I have used a hidden toolbar on the left side of the screen on a computer configured with XP. Now however, when I move the mouse to the left side of the screen, the toolbar will not emerge. When I try to put another toolbar there, it tells me I cannot because I have a toolbar there. I cannot find anyplace to close the toolbar or manipulate it in any way. Can someone please tell me how can I get the toolbar to work or close it?

Thanks very much!
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2009, 04:39:36 PM »

Right click taskbar.
Is it in the toolbar list with 'quick launch' and the others?
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2009, 04:45:02 PM »

Right click taskbar.
Is it in the toolbar list with 'quick launch' and the others?

Good question. I should have said in my post that it is NOT listed there.

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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2009, 06:54:35 PM »

Hmmm... as a person who also uses a toolbar on the left side of the screen (now that I'm using Windows 7 I have the whole Task Super Bar on the left) I can appreciate how much of a drag this must be.

What happens if you try to move the Task Bar over there?

Did you create the toolbar by dragging a folder over there? Can you delete the folder? I figure renaming it might not be good enough.

Maybe starting in Safe Mode or logging in as an Administrator might help.

Does the toolbar have a name that you could use to search the registry? I used-to use a folder named "Shortcuts" which probably wouldn't help too much in a search, but if it's called something like "Quick Access Applications" you might be able to find something in the registry pretty quickly.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2009, 10:16:41 PM »

What happens if you try to move the Task Bar over there?

Yes, I had done nearly all the things you suggested (I did not think of Safe Mode), but none worked. This time though, in addition to dragging the Task Bar over, I tried setting it to auto-hide. As with other toolbars, when I attempted to do so, it complained that it could not do so because there was already a hidden toolbar there and left it not hidden. In addition though, IT POPPED THE HIDDEN TOOLBAR UP AS A NON-DOCKED WINDOW, which I could then delete.

Thanks for all the suggestions and inspiration to get rid of it Hirudin!

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 04:09:46 AM »

Sweet! I feel so helpful! smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2009, 07:12:32 AM »

Sweet! I feel so helpful! smiley

LOL. OH, I realized after I wrote my message that I had also changed the name of the folder. That might have made a difference as well. So, now you can feel EVEN SWEETER. Seriously, thanks again for the suggestions Hirudin.

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