Strange behavior in XP - apps are behind windows taskbar

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theMusicMan

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Hi All

I am experiencing a weird issue on an XP machine I use for work.

Despite having the windows taskbar 'locked', all my apps open up with their minimise/maximise/close buttons hidden behind this taskbar.

I am one of those who choose to locate the taskbar at the top of the screen rather than on the bottom.

So, if I want to move an app, or resize the window - quite simply, I can't do this without first moving the system taskbar to the left or right position - which then gives me access to the top bar of any running application. I can then access and thus move/adjust the application position.

Does anyone know why I might be experiencing this weird behavior and if so, how I reset it back to default please?

I have tried turning the machine off and restarting - to no avail.

Many thanks all.
 

Cookiegal

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If you right-click an empty space in the taskbar and then select Properties, is "Keep the taskbar on top of other windows" checked there and "Auto-hide the taskbar" unchecked?
 

theMusicMan

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Yes, but shouldn't that just keep it on the top of the screen. Any windows that are moved towards it will not appear over or under it...? at least I thought that's how it always used to be? I always thought that if I tried to move a window it would stop at the bottom of the taskbar.

I guess my understanding of this is wrong, yes...?
 

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If you don't have your window maximized and you move it towards the taskbar it will go either under or over it depending on your setting, it will not stop at the taskbar.
 

Byteman

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They have the taskbar itself, up at the top of their screen.....so, the top of the window toolbar, (rather than taskbar-) is hidden so they cannot operate.....I think that is the problem.

UNlock the Taskbar (or move it) allow it to hide itself, should be no problem then. Or, the other setting, to keep it showing on top of anything else, should work, as long as the program windows are not set to open Maxed, right?
 
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