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I run my Windows XP (SP2) with the task bar hidden and when I want to access it, I just move the cursor down to the bottom of the screen and it appears.  At least, it used to do that.  Ever since I put SP2 on, I intermittently experience a problem where the task bar won't appear until I hit Microsoft key between the Ctrl key and Alt key on the left of the keyboard.

I'm wondering if anyone has reported this before and if there's a quick fix.  I could shut off all the startup programs and start testing that way, but since it is intermittent, it could take awhile.

Any ideas?
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by:LeeTutor
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I've seen some web page (cannot recall where, now) that referred to a taskbar that had reduced to zero height, so that you had to resort to a trick like you mentioned to bring up the taskbar.  Presuming this to be the case, try resizing your taskbar bigger, then perhaps smaller again if you prefer it that way, and again turning on AutoHide.  This may eliminate the problem of not being able to bring it up when it is hidden.
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by:jp021897
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I'll give that a try and let you know.
Thanks.
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by:jp021897
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I tried two things.  First, I unchecked the "Lock the Taskbar" item on the taskbar properties.  That didn't work.
Second, I resized the taskbar.  That didn't work.

The taskbar is NOT resizing to a zero heighth.  It just hides as it is supposed to, but intermittently does not re-appear when the cursor is moved to the bottom of the desktop, as it should.

I searched the MS site but after looking at about 100 hits about the taskbar, I couldn't find anything applying to my problem.

I can live with this, if there's no fix until SP3 (if there ever is one).  I just thought maybe someone else may have experienced the same thing.
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LeeTutor earned 150 total points
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Have you installed all the important MS patches?  I remember being troubled with this problem some time back, but eventually it went away by itself, and I assumed some patch had corrected the problem.
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by:jp021897
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That is the piece of information I was looking for.  I have been current with all critical updates and last night I found some other non-critical updates that I downloaded and installed.  Hopefully, one of those will take care of it.

Thank you LeeTutor
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