start button and task bar missing

  thesut 10:03 02 Feb 2008
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my laptop after my son used it is missing the start button and task bar i dont know how to get it back i used these buttons to gain access to programs and e mails control etc now i cant gain access to some things that are not on the desktop.
i use windows xp anyone please help.

  thesut 10:16 02 Feb 2008

forgot to add when you minimise or change programs they disappear probably to the unseen taskbar

  VoG II 10:19 02 Feb 2008

Are you sure it isn't set to AutoHide? Hover the cursor over where it should be and it may appear.

Or click here

  rawprawn 10:19 02 Feb 2008
  sinbads 10:21 02 Feb 2008

if you press ctrl and esc does itt appear?

  Graham. 10:23 02 Feb 2008

Press F11.

  gudgulf 10:25 02 Feb 2008

The taskbar might be set to auto-hide.

Try moving the mouse pointer to the bottom of your screen and see if the Taskbar appears.

If it does right click on Start and select properties.Select the Taskbar tab and make sure that "Auto hide the taskbar" is unticked and "Keep the taskbar on top of other windows" is ticked (for XP).

  thesut 16:18 02 Feb 2008

thanks guys ctl esc brought up the side menu so i could get to systrm restore which solved the problem.Thanks again

  sinbads 16:22 02 Feb 2008

Good Dont forget to lock the taskbar to prevent it from hiding from you

  thesut 16:24 02 Feb 2008

its already done cheers

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