windows xp my computer task pane gone!!?!?!??!

in windows xp MY COMPUTER i seem to have lost the side panel.  The panel that shows various options... like network drives, control panel, etc. by  default its in a black background.  

how do i get this back?
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Go to Tools|Folder Options|General and select "Show common tasks in folders".
very simple just drag my computer to right side of your screen
good luck
Is there some particular reason for a B grade here?
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