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An explorer toolbar I created is hidden and I cannot get it to show up again.

I have (or I should say had) an explorer toolbar that contains shortcuts that I use daily.  It is docked to the right side of my desktop and is set to auto-hide.  I created it by using the standard "right-click->Toolbars->New Toolbar..." command and selecting the folders that contain my shortcuts.

It mostly works fine, but occasionally the "auto-hidden" toolbar will refuse to show up when I move the mouse to the right side of the desktop.  Sometimes it looks as if the toolbar has been closed because you can no longer see the left-most few pixels of the toolbar poking out from the right side of the desktop as you can normally when it is hidden.  Usually, by fiddling around or rebooting, I can get the toolbar to reappear.

This time I'm stumped.

- The toolbar disappeared
- It didn't show up after a reboot so I thought that I maybe closed it with a slip of the mouse.
- So I created a new toolbar and docked it to the right side.
- When I tried to set the auto-hide option for this new toolbar, I get the following message:

"A toolbar is already hidden on this side of the screen.  You can have only one auto-hide toolbar per side."

- I assume this means my old toolbar is really still there, but I can't see it and can't get it to show itself.

How do I get the old toolbar to unhide??  Or, is there some way via the registry to close the old toolbar so I can set a new toolbar to auto-hide?

Let me know what you think.

Thanks much!
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Asta CuCommented:
When you right click and choose customize, anything there?
Asta CuCommented:
Unlocking the toolbar and moving the elements help?
Asta CuCommented:
Odd Toolbar Behavior
Did you ever get your Toolbars in IE set just right only to reboot and you lose your settings? Many times when Toolbars are added or removed the Registry entry that controls these settings does not get updated or has become corrupt. You can download a small reg file to reset (to default) and correct this behavior.
Download: ResetBrowserToolbar.reg [right-click and select: "Save Target As"
To use: right-click and select: Merge - Ok the prompt and reboot.
See if this helps, if the above doesn't.
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dviglioneAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments astaec.

However, I probably should clarify.  The problem is with the Windows Explorer toolbars that you can create and dock on the sides of the desktop -- not the IE toolbars.  I know IE is tightly integrated with WE, but I think the WE and IE toolbars are different.

They are the toolbars you can create by right-clicking on the Quick Launch bar and selecting "Toolbars>New Toolbar..."  Or by taking any folder and "throwing" it up against a side of the desktop.

Any other ideas?

Thanks again,
Asta CuCommented:
Ah, of course; I encountered this problem once and also had mysertious disappearance of created toolbar on desktop which turned out to be there, but out of range.  Changed my display settings to a higher resolution and there it was.  Not sure that is your situation.  Another one,  was the old 'autohide icons in taskbar', which I dont' like, so clicked a blank spot on the taskbar, chose properties and unchecked the hide option.  
dviglioneAuthor Commented:
Yes.  Sounds very similar.  I also tried changing various screen settings:  res., wallpaper, active desktop on/off, etc.  All to no avail.

As it usually happens, I just bumped into the solution today by accident!  So simple I should kick myself for not looking there.

The toolbar was there and "out of range."  So no way I could get to its GUI to send it any commands.  But, it was actually listed on the Applications tab of the Windows Task Manager when I did a CTRL-ALT-DEL.  It showed up as something like "Toolbar."  Can't believe I missed this (I swear it wasn't there before!)  Anyway, I just had to do an "End Task" to kill it.  Now I can create a new one and make it auto-hide.

Thanks for your comments.  Cheers,
Asta CuCommented:
Thqanks for the update, dviglione, the "out of range' was what I had noted  above as a possibility ..... happy to hear things are resolved.  

Cheers to you as well, happy I could be of help to you.

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