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desktop icon & lower task bar - windows 7

Hi I have windows 7 on my laptop and the "desktop" icon will not attach to the lower task bar when i select "pin" option after right hand clicking on the "desktop" icon.
Also, the lower tasbar after selecting "lock" still will not show the taskbar permanently.
Please assist
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Frank .S
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Matt CoughlinCommented:
To make the taskbar 'Stick' you need to right-click on it and select properties, then uncheck 'auto-hide the taskbar'.
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Matt CoughlinCommented:
I don't know which 'Desktop' Icon you are referring to. Windows 7 has a blank rectangle at the bottom right hand of the taskbar that when clicked, shows the desktop.
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Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
Hi MC,
1. the only option i have in windows 7 is "lock taskbar" which is selected already so basically thats not working.
2. there is no blank rectangle on the bottom RH corner of the taskbar, and the desktop icon im referring to is the standard one all windows OS have.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What happens if you try the following:

Right click on the Taskbar and select Properties. Then click on Customize. This brings up Notification Area Icons. Click on "Restore default icon behaviors" .  Does that help (especially getting the Desktop icon back on the lower right). ... Thinkpads_User
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Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
hi thinkpads, i followed your directions clicked on "restore default icon behaviours" but still keps hiding the task bar, also i still cant pin the "desktop" icon to this same lower task bar.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There is no "desktop" icon in Windows 7 (which is probably why it won't pin). The desktop function in Windows is built into the taskbar. That is why I suggested restoring default icons.

Right click on the Taskbar and select Properties again. The properties window comes up. Is auto-hide checked or unchecked. This is what MCSolutions suggested but your response suggested you did not open the properties window.  

... Thinkpads_User
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Jackie ManCommented:
Can you post back a screenshot of your problem?
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Frank .SBuilding EstimatorAuthor Commented:
Hi thinkpad, yes i didnt go into "properties" so thats now fixed.
2. on the desktop itself there is a "desktop" shortcut which when i drag onto the lower taskbar will not pin. But then in a list of what is pinned the desktop icon is shown, so it tells me that its pinned but wont display on the lower task bar.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is the default Desktop function. It is a function and not pinned.

 Windows 7 Desktop
Is this not there (right hand corner, to the right of the clock) not there for you ?

... Thinkpads_User
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Matt CoughlinCommented:
Some themes do not show this button. Check your theme settings.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you have a workable desktop icon on the desktop, here is an alternative way for using it.

http://maketecheasier.com/restore-the-show-desktop-icon-in-windows-7/2010/03/16

.... Thinkpads_User
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