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Outlook & Auto-Hide Taskbar

Posted on 2006-12-01
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Hi,
I have had an annoying problem on my XP Pro SP2 laptop for some time now. When Outlook 2003 is opened, the Taskbar frequently will not auto-hide. To get it to function, auto-hide must be turned off, then back on, and the solution does not last long.

The problem seems to be with Outlook, as I use a number of other programs, and never have seen this happen, even with other Office programs.

The Taskbar is set to Lock, Auto-hide and Keep Taskbar on Top.

Thanks,
Bill
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Hi westone,

Dose it happen when you start Outlook in safe mode?

To Start Outlook in Safe Mode:

Click the Start button and type this in the Open box field. Please add the quotes.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\Outlook.exe" /safe

If that works check your addins:
In Outlook click Tools ~ Options ~ Other ~ Advanced Options ~ Addin Manager.
Uncheck all and restart Outlook. If things work normal, check each addin one by one and restart to see which one is causing the problem.

These addins are safe:
Delegate Access
Deleted Items Recovery
Exchange Extensions commands
Exchange Extensions property pages

Symantec AntiVirus if your program is up to date.

cheers,
frankco
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Thanks,
I just tried safe mode and it has worked as inteneded for short time. I'll continue testing it.

Installed Add-ins are: AVG Exchange extensions, Exchange Extensions properties pages, and Fax Server extension.

Althought this is a stand-alone, internet mail installation, the first 2 add-ins must be how AVG checks my e-mail for viruses. The last extension I probably don't need as I don't fax from the PC.
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Testing indicates the "Exchange Extensions properties pages" Add-in as the source of the problem. It is now turned off, and other than the problem not showing up, I haven't noticed any difference. What does this Add-in do?
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Hi westone,

The Exchange Extensions add functionality to Outlook like, the "out of office rule", faxing etc...
Since this is a stand-alone install, and you do not use an Exchange server, you would be okay to disable them.
 
Here are discriptions of the Exchange add-ins:

Outex2.ecf Exchange Extensions: Adds the Out of Office Assistant command (Tools menu).
Outex.ecf Remote Exchange Extensions: Adds Remote Mail settings to the Mail icon (Windows Control Panel).
Dlgsetp.ecf Delegate Access: Adds the Delegates tab to the Options dialog box (Tools menu).
Dumpster.ecf Deleted Item Recovery: Adds capability to recover previously deleted items.
Msspc.ecf Schedule+: Provides Microsoft Schedule+ compatibility.
Pmailext.ecf Windows CE Support: Adds Windows CE Inbox transfer support.
Scrpxtn.ecf Scripting Support: Enables Exchange Server Scripting agents.

Faxext.ecf Microsoft Fax extensions: Enables extensions created for Microsoft Fax.

cheers,
frankco
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