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My toolbar is grayed out and I cannot access anything in it...

I need to install an application and I have to enable it in the toolbar first.  I cannot access anything in the toolbar however because everything is grayed out.  Why is this???
Windows XP

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level9tech

8/22/2022 - Mon
LeeTutor

I presume you are talking about the Quick Launch toolbar.  Is your taskbar locked?  Is the option to turn on the Quick Launch toolbar greyed out, or just the icons in the toolbar?  See if this Previously Answered Question is of help:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_22532688.html
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Adrian Sluijters

Rightclick on your start bar

Click on Properties

make sure Quicklinks are enabled

All done
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level9tech

"Rightclick on your start bar

Click on Properties

make sure Quicklinks are enabled"


this has been checked already and it still doesn't work...
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level9tech

"I presume you are talking about the Quick Launch toolbar.  Is your taskbar locked?  Is the option to turn on the Quick Launch toolbar greyed out, or just the icons in the toolbar?  See if this Previously Answered Question is of help:"

Taskbar is not locked.  The option to turn on Quick Launch toolbar is checked but is also greyed out....
LeeTutor

So did you look at the solution and other comments in my link to a Previously Answered  Question?
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level9tech

???
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LeeTutor

All right, I will copy it again:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_22532688.html
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level9tech

Yes, but this is not exactly the same issue.

For me I right click on "Taskbar", scroll to "Toolbars", and left click.  The options under "Toolbars" are grayed out.  All of them.  
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level9tech

"When you right-click the Taskbar and choose Toolbar option, the sub-menu options may be grayed out. This happens due to Start Menu and Taskbar restrictions enforced via Group Policy Editor or the registry."

"Open Registry Editor and navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer

Backup the registry keys by exporting them. In the right-pane, delete NoCloseDragDropBands and restart Windows.

Also, delete the ClassicShell value/Policy as stated in this article."


The NoCloseDragDropBands did not exist in either place so I just deleted the ClassicShell value/Policy, restarted the computer and WHAM! It was fixed.  

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level9tech

That was excellent.  I really appreciate the help!