Windows Taskbar Repair - Mission Accomplished. Okay so I had this problem with Windows Taskbar. Vista Desktop Taskbar that is. Suddenly I noticed with my laptop (Acer 5570Z) that the start button was blinking occasionally and that the windows taskbar would not fully pull out. I had previously set the taskbar to auto hide to save valuable screen space when not needed. This feature worked beautifully with Windows Vista.
Well all was fine until the day the Windows taskbar started being annoying with the Start Button blinking when the taskbar was pulled off screen. Sometimes, the vestige of the taskbar would stay on screen and I would have to pull the taskbar back from hiding to restore a good screen picture. Annoying.
But I found the solution. Okay again, here are the symptoms:
1/ Windows Vista on a laptop, the desktop taskbar set to autohide.
2/ Suddenly the start button starts to blink (in place)
3/ Suddenly the taskbar does not pull out of the screen fully like it should. This is random, sometimes it pulls out partially, sometimes more other times less. Creates ugly image when not pulled out.
And the solution? Simple. Well, really this is not a solution, but a workaround. I will leave the solution to Microsoft.
THE WORKAROUND - Windows taskbar repair
I noticed that the above desktop taskbar problem only happens when the taskbar is set to autohide AND the network icon is DISABLED. So the workaround is simple. ENABLE the network icon. To do that,
1/ Right click on taskbar, select Properties
2/ Click Notification Area tab, make sure you CHECK Network
3/ Click OK
Problem solved. The problem is repeatable for me, I can go back to the problem whenever I uncheck Network. And now that I know Network is the problem, I remembered I wanted to take that off... I hardly have network disconnects, and the icons were taking up valuable space on the taskbar...
What about you? Has this solved your problem? Find the comment area below and let me know if this solution helped. Even if it didn't, let me know anyways. Maybe we can figure something else out.
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