Big green bar where my clock and task bar should be

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The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8, when I
returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had taken over the
bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for the MS flag on
the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my programs menu,but I have
no idea what is open because nothing shows on this bar. I can neither move
the bar or see underneath it.

Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal task
bar.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?

    What kind of menu?

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had taken
    > over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for
    > the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my programs
    > menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows on this bar. I
    > can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    >
    > Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal task
    > bar.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    yes, I get the regular "all programs" menu, the run command, the help
    option, etc.


    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    >
    > What kind of menu?
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > > when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had taken
    > > over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for
    > > the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my
    programs
    > > menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows on this bar.
    I
    > > can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    > >
    > > Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal task
    > > bar.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Wesley,

    I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task bar.

    I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or IE.
    And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the three
    finger salute.
    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    >
    > What kind of menu?
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > > when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had taken
    > > over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for
    > > the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my
    programs
    > > menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows on this bar.
    I
    > > can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    > >
    > > Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal task
    > > bar.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    In diddling around, I find out that the big green thing is the START buttom.
    Nothing I can do moves or changes it


    "Alan" <someone@retired.com> wrote in message
    news:#gGwiIMtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Wesley,
    >
    > I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task bar.
    >
    > I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or IE.
    > And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the three
    > finger salute.
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > > Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    > >
    > > What kind of menu?
    > >
    > > --
    > > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    > >
    > > Wes
    > > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    > >
    > > In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > > Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > > The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > > > when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had
    taken
    > > > over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for
    > > > the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my
    > programs
    > > > menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows on this
    bar.
    > I
    > > > can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    > > >
    > > > Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal
    task
    > > > bar.
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Hi Alan,

    Hmm. I know nothing about Paint Shop Pro 8. Is it possible that Paint Shop
    Pro 8 is somehow the culprit?

    The taskbar can be sized to take up almost half the screen. It should be
    able to be resized.

    Try this.

    Right click the taskbar then click to clear the Lock Taskbar option.

    Move your cursor over the edge of the taskbar until it becomes a
    double-headed arrow.

    Left click and drag down to the single height.

    Right click the taskbar then click Lock the Taskbar.

    Now it can't be moved or resized unless the Lock Taskbar option is cleared
    again.

    Right click the Start button | Properties | Taskbar tab | Look at the
    options, see if any do not look like what you have had in the past.

    Do you have a restore point so you could do a System Restore to before the
    installation of Paint Shop Pro 8?

    I know that there are programs available to allow you to modify the start
    button. Change name, resize, etc.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:eejWpyMtFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > In diddling around, I find out that the big green thing is the START
    > buttom. Nothing I can do moves or changes it
    >
    >
    > "Alan" <someone@retired.com> wrote in message
    > news:#gGwiIMtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >> Wesley,
    >>
    >> I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task bar.
    >>
    >> I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or
    >> IE. And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the
    >> three finger salute.
    >> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >> news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>> Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    >>>
    >>> What kind of menu?
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>
    >>> Wes
    >>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>
    >>> In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    >>>> The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    >>>> when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had taken
    >>>> over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except for
    >>>> the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my
    >>>> programs menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows on
    >>>> this bar. I can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    >>>>
    >>>> Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal
    >>>> task bar.
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Wes,

    I've tried all the resizing tricks I know including what you just suggested.
    The cursor will not turn into a double headed arrow no matter which side of
    the button I move it to. As of now, my printer driver has disappeared, none
    of the irls I click will work. I feel like I'm going down for the third time
    (glub, glub) so I'm just going to re-install XP after formatting my C disk.
    I spent several hours last night backing up everything I could think of in
    preparation. Glub
    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:#KKtq0OtFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Hi Alan,
    >
    > Hmm. I know nothing about Paint Shop Pro 8. Is it possible that Paint
    Shop
    > Pro 8 is somehow the culprit?
    >
    > The taskbar can be sized to take up almost half the screen. It should be
    > able to be resized.
    >
    > Try this.
    >
    > Right click the taskbar then click to clear the Lock Taskbar option.
    >
    > Move your cursor over the edge of the taskbar until it becomes a
    > double-headed arrow.
    >
    > Left click and drag down to the single height.
    >
    > Right click the taskbar then click Lock the Taskbar.
    >
    > Now it can't be moved or resized unless the Lock Taskbar option is cleared
    > again.
    >
    > Right click the Start button | Properties | Taskbar tab | Look at the
    > options, see if any do not look like what you have had in the past.
    >
    > Do you have a restore point so you could do a System Restore to before the
    > installation of Paint Shop Pro 8?
    >
    > I know that there are programs available to allow you to modify the start
    > button. Change name, resize, etc.
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:eejWpyMtFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    > Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > In diddling around, I find out that the big green thing is the START
    > > buttom. Nothing I can do moves or changes it
    > >
    > >
    > > "Alan" <someone@retired.com> wrote in message
    > > news:#gGwiIMtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > >> Wesley,
    > >>
    > >> I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task
    bar.
    > >>
    > >> I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or
    > >> IE. And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the
    > >> three finger salute.
    > >> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > >> news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > >>> Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    > >>>
    > >>> What kind of menu?
    > >>>
    > >>> --
    > >>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    > >>>
    > >>> Wes
    > >>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    > >>>
    > >>> In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > >>> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > >>>> The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > >>>> when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had
    taken
    > >>>> over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar except
    for
    > >>>> the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to reveal my
    > >>>> programs menu,but I have no idea what is open because nothing shows
    on
    > >>>> this bar. I can neither move the bar or see underneath it.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal
    > >>>> task bar.
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Alan,

    Update your antivirus software and antispyware apps and run full system
    scans.

    See what you can find. Good luck. ;-)

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:uZAsgiVtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
    Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > Wes,
    >
    > I've tried all the resizing tricks I know including what you just
    > suggested. The cursor will not turn into a double headed arrow no matter
    > which side of the button I move it to. As of now, my printer driver has
    > disappeared, none of the irls I click will work. I feel like I'm going
    > down for the third time (glub, glub) so I'm just going to re-install XP
    > after formatting my C disk. I spent several hours last night backing up
    > everything I could think of in preparation. Glub
    > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:#KKtq0OtFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi Alan,
    >>
    >> Hmm. I know nothing about Paint Shop Pro 8. Is it possible that Paint
    >> Shop Pro 8 is somehow the culprit?
    >>
    >> The taskbar can be sized to take up almost half the screen. It should be
    >> able to be resized.
    >>
    >> Try this.
    >>
    >> Right click the taskbar then click to clear the Lock Taskbar option.
    >>
    >> Move your cursor over the edge of the taskbar until it becomes a
    >> double-headed arrow.
    >>
    >> Left click and drag down to the single height.
    >>
    >> Right click the taskbar then click Lock the Taskbar.
    >>
    >> Now it can't be moved or resized unless the Lock Taskbar option is
    >> cleared again.
    >>
    >> Right click the Start button | Properties | Taskbar tab | Look at the
    >> options, see if any do not look like what you have had in the past.
    >>
    >> Do you have a restore point so you could do a System Restore to before
    >> the installation of Paint Shop Pro 8?
    >>
    >> I know that there are programs available to allow you to modify the start
    >> button. Change name, resize, etc.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>
    >> Wes
    >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >> In news:eejWpyMtFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    >> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    >>> In diddling around, I find out that the big green thing is the START
    >>> buttom. Nothing I can do moves or changes it
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Alan" <someone@retired.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:#gGwiIMtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Wesley,
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task
    >>>> bar.
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or
    >>>> IE. And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the
    >>>> three finger salute.
    >>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> What kind of menu?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> --
    >>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Wes
    >>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >>>>>
    >>>>> In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    >>>>> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    >>>>>> The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    >>>>>> when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had
    >>>>>> taken over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar
    >>>>>> except for the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to
    >>>>>> reveal my programs menu,but I have no idea what is open because
    >>>>>> nothing shows on this bar. I can neither move the bar or see
    >>>>>> underneath it.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal
    >>>>>> task bar.
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Try the general fix taskibar utility from

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

    "Wesley Vogel" wrote:

    > Alan,
    >
    > Update your antivirus software and antispyware apps and run full system
    > scans.
    >
    > See what you can find. Good luck. ;-)
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:uZAsgiVtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl,
    > Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > > Wes,
    > >
    > > I've tried all the resizing tricks I know including what you just
    > > suggested. The cursor will not turn into a double headed arrow no matter
    > > which side of the button I move it to. As of now, my printer driver has
    > > disappeared, none of the irls I click will work. I feel like I'm going
    > > down for the third time (glub, glub) so I'm just going to re-install XP
    > > after formatting my C disk. I spent several hours last night backing up
    > > everything I could think of in preparation. Glub
    > > "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > > news:#KKtq0OtFHA.3452@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > >> Hi Alan,
    > >>
    > >> Hmm. I know nothing about Paint Shop Pro 8. Is it possible that Paint
    > >> Shop Pro 8 is somehow the culprit?
    > >>
    > >> The taskbar can be sized to take up almost half the screen. It should be
    > >> able to be resized.
    > >>
    > >> Try this.
    > >>
    > >> Right click the taskbar then click to clear the Lock Taskbar option.
    > >>
    > >> Move your cursor over the edge of the taskbar until it becomes a
    > >> double-headed arrow.
    > >>
    > >> Left click and drag down to the single height.
    > >>
    > >> Right click the taskbar then click Lock the Taskbar.
    > >>
    > >> Now it can't be moved or resized unless the Lock Taskbar option is
    > >> cleared again.
    > >>
    > >> Right click the Start button | Properties | Taskbar tab | Look at the
    > >> options, see if any do not look like what you have had in the past.
    > >>
    > >> Do you have a restore point so you could do a System Restore to before
    > >> the installation of Paint Shop Pro 8?
    > >>
    > >> I know that there are programs available to allow you to modify the start
    > >> button. Change name, resize, etc.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    > >>
    > >> Wes
    > >> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    > >>
    > >> In news:eejWpyMtFHA.908@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    > >> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > >>> In diddling around, I find out that the big green thing is the START
    > >>> buttom. Nothing I can do moves or changes it
    > >>>
    > >>>
    > >>> "Alan" <someone@retired.com> wrote in message
    > >>> news:#gGwiIMtFHA.464@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > >>>> Wesley,
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I'm afraid I might have a bigger problem than just an oversized task
    > >>>> bar.
    > >>>>
    > >>>> I'm finding out that I can't click through on any urls either in OE or
    > >>>> IE. And one of my notepad apps refuses to close unless I give it the
    > >>>> three finger salute.
    > >>>> "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > >>>> news:#736kzLtFHA.256@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > >>>>> Do you get a menu if you right click this green bar?
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> What kind of menu?
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> --
    > >>>>> Hope this helps. Let us know.
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> Wes
    > >>>>> MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> In news:OYNf6ULtFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl,
    > >>>>> Alan <someone@retired.com> hunted and pecked:
    > >>>>>> The other day after I installed Paint Shop Pro 8 and a patch to PSP8,
    > >>>>>> when I returned to my desktop, this horrible, empty green bar had
    > >>>>>> taken over the bottom of my desktop. there is nothing on this bar
    > >>>>>> except for the MS flag on the left side. Clicking it allows me to
    > >>>>>> reveal my programs menu,but I have no idea what is open because
    > >>>>>> nothing shows on this bar. I can neither move the bar or see
    > >>>>>> underneath it.
    > >>>>>>
    > >>>>>> Can anyone give me some guidance as to how I can get back my normal
    > >>>>>> task bar.
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    (snip)

    Wesley and JR,

    I took the brainless way out and reinstalled XP. Upon further consideration
    (for any others who may have been following this thread), I don't think
    Paint Shop Pro was the culprit, but perhaps one or more of many register
    changes that I made about that same time, at least one of which I got from
    Kellys site. I guess I'm a living monument to the saying that a little
    information can be a dangerous thing.

    Thanks for you responses anyway.

    Alan
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    You have to burn to learn and learn to burn. ;-)

    Making notes or backing up reg keys is a good idea before changing things so
    that you can fix what you changed.

    --
    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    Wes
    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    In news:u9z3piJuFHA.1252@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
    WriterAlan <writer@aol.com> hunted and pecked:
    > (snip)
    >
    > Wesley and JR,
    >
    > I took the brainless way out and reinstalled XP. Upon further
    > consideration (for any others who may have been following this thread), I
    > don't think Paint Shop Pro was the culprit, but perhaps one or more of
    > many register changes that I made about that same time, at least one of
    > which I got from Kellys site. I guess I'm a living monument to the
    > saying that a little information can be a dangerous thing.
    >
    > Thanks for you responses anyway.
    >
    > Alan
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    "Wesley Vogel" <123WVogel955@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:eCMa2NMuFHA.3684@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > You have to burn to learn and learn to burn. ;-)
    >
    > Making notes or backing up reg keys is a good idea before changing things
    > so
    > that you can fix what you changed.
    >
    > --
    > Hope this helps. Let us know.
    >
    > Wes
    > MS-MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > In news:u9z3piJuFHA.1252@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
    > WriterAlan <writer@aol.com> hunted and pecked:
    >> (snip)
    >>
    >> Wesley and JR,
    >>
    >> I took the brainless way out and reinstalled XP. Upon further
    >> consideration (for any others who may have been following this thread), I
    >> don't think Paint Shop Pro was the culprit, but perhaps one or more of
    >> many register changes that I made about that same time, at least one of
    >> which I got from Kellys site. I guess I'm a living monument to the
    >> saying that a little information can be a dangerous thing.
    >>
    >> Thanks for you responses anyway.
    >>
    >> Alan


    Why didn't 'System Restore' return things to the way they were before you
    'edited the Registry?
  12. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    (snip)

    Edward,

    Apparently whatever option got changed to make the big green bar is not part
    of the data that gets saved for a restore point, because I went back about
    four restores and no change.

    Alan
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