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Missing bar w/options at left of My Computer screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SmokePipe, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. SmokePipe

    SmokePipe Thread Starter

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    I don't know what the correct name for this area is, but I seem to have lost the bar along the left hand side of My Computer window. It had some useful stuff in ther, like a link to the Control Panel. All I see now is a list of the drives in my system. Can someone tell me how to get that back?

    I also seem to have lost the tab in the Dektop Properies dialog box that lets me change the wallpaper. Please help if you can!
    :)
     
  2. mobo

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    Click start / control panel / system / advanced / performance settings / then tick the box to "let windows choose whats best for my computer".
     
  3. SmokePipe

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    I tried your suggestion, but it was already checked. Hit apply and restarted but no resolution to either issue.
     
  4. mobo

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    go to start / run / services.msc
    scroll down to themes, double click and verify its on auto .
     
  5. SmokePipe

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    Yes, that was set to auto
     
  6. mobo

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    One last thing
    Right click the desktop and select properties / appearance
    In the upper dropdown menu box make sure its set to xp style.
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    Not sure about the bar along the left side.

    But to get the link to the Control Panel back again:

    Tools / Folder Options / View
    Scroll down and check "Show Control Panel in My Computer"
     
  8. Bob Cerelli

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    Got it:

    Right Click My Computer
    Advanced tab
    Performance / Settings button
    Scroll down almost to the bottom
    Check "Use common tasks in folders"

    No reboot is required.
     
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