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I used to be able to see items in my task bar for programs that were running and I could click on them to switch between programs. Lately, though, those items aren't there. The only way I can figure to switch between programs is to use the task manager. How do I get my taskbar "running programs" buttons back?

The task bar is a busy place, and there are lots of things on it; the start button and menu, the quick launch bar (if you have that enabled) and on the far right, the notification area. Most all of those are configurable to some degree, but the area where buttons representing your "currently running programs" is not. It's always supposed to be there, there's no way to turn it off.

As a result, no way to turn it on should it disappear.

Well, no obvious way.

Unfortunately, I have gotten reports of the "running programs" area going away. I have no real idea of how it happens, but, clearly, it does.

Restoring, while not obvious, is not hard. It appears to only need a registry change and a restart of Windows Explorer.

Kelly Theriot, a Microsoft MVP, has a set of tweaks available at Kelly's Korner. They're fairly light on documentation, and perhaps even a bit techie if you want to understand them. On the tweaks page scroll down to item #240, and click on "Programs Aren't Minimized in the Taskbar". That will run, or download, a "vbs" (VBScript) program which will, after confirming, reset the Taskbar's properties. Note that several other aspects of the Taskbar will also be reset to their default states, but you should get your "running programs" area back.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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188 Comments
Becki
July 19, 2005 5:34 PM

OMG I LOVE YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I THOUGHT I WAS GONNA GO CRAZY WITHOUT MY TASKBAR SHOWING MY ITEMS, LOL - I DIDN'T REALISE HOW MUCH IT MATTERED, BUT HEY! YEA THANX!!!!

nico
July 20, 2005 6:21 AM

work perfectly... TANK'S

Mike
July 24, 2005 4:20 PM

Hi. I am having teh same problem and went to Kelly's Korner, dowloaded the script but my pc doesn't do anything with it. It opens it and I can see the script but nothing happens. What am I doing wrong. Really appreciate your help!

troubles
July 31, 2005 12:55 AM

U have no idea how much I'm lovin' this fix. Thank u thank u thank u. U F@#$ing ROCK! And Kelly too.

Marie
August 5, 2005 2:39 PM

When i turned on my pc today i was wondering what happened to the running programs in the taskbar?! i googled it and i found this site im SO THANKFUL that i did thanks so much for making this tweak and providing a link to it.

mary pat
August 8, 2005 4:21 PM

Thank you soooooooooooo much! We tried everything to fix this. It's good to know we are not the only ones out there with problem too.

Aaron
August 11, 2005 7:02 AM

Ouch...my Tablet PC running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition started showing the same symptoms...but after downloading the patch via laptop, and transfer to tablet, the fix worked perfectly after some readjustment of the start bar. Thank you very much! It was a pain using a TABLET with no keyboard and no minimized program list. Thanks!

Jeff
August 31, 2005 6:06 AM

This was exactly what I was looking for. It worked and was very easy. Thank you so much!

Manish Arora
September 7, 2005 3:25 PM

What can, I say?? You people are life savers, went into panic mode for 30 minutes before it hit me to google it.

All is well with the world once again (well, not everything but hey, things are now "restored")

Thanks again

duncan
September 10, 2005 8:02 AM

Thank you. I was going nuts trying to find this. The patch worked a treat.

Lee
September 22, 2005 9:05 PM

I am getting an error after I have opened the file. I am not sure why I am getting the error, but if you can help me out on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

LP

ketan dewan
September 30, 2005 6:28 AM

i realy salute people like u who help the need ful people and i wish i could have meet with u
my id is dewan.ketan@gmail.com tell me if some how i could also be helpfull

Robert Thurlow
October 7, 2005 2:23 PM

Advanced computer user with a very heavily configured and doctored XP Media Centre Edition being tearing my follically challenged scalp out for the last 24hours, thanking you so much your a bunch of "diamond geezers and geezerettes" cheers!!!

Tiffany
October 11, 2005 9:47 AM

Hi, kelly's webpage really helps a lot of friends. But at the page itself it wrote
"NOTE: If your anti-virus software warns you of a "malicious" script, this is normal if you have "Script Safe" or similar technology enabled. These scripts are not malicious, but they do make changes to the System Registry.
"

When the script start running, the norton anti-virus prompt me that it is malicious and it is high risk. So shall i contiune running the script? Anyone had this problem too?

Noreen
November 7, 2005 11:04 PM

Thankyou for the help re my running programmes disappear from task bar the result worked straight away. So ones again very much thankyou. Now if you could just fix my washer like that!!!

Carol Purdom
November 8, 2005 11:06 AM

I went to Kellys Korner for the answer, but my Anti-Virus would not let me in. Gave me a HIGH ALert. Don't know why.

Bean
November 10, 2005 1:24 PM

after i download the patch, it says that in order to work properly the script will close and restart is this ok. if i click ok, it disapears and nothing happens....
my taskbar still isnt working, even after restarting it myself...

Rafael
December 19, 2005 8:33 PM

Leo:
Thanks, I was going insane, but after using the “tweaks page” as per your recommendation, it restored my task bar in fewer than 10 seconds. Thanks again

Chris
December 20, 2005 2:16 PM

Thanks so much for the patch! I was having so much trouble with it and now it is fixed thnks to it.
If I didn't decide to google it I probably would have hoped that eventually it would fix itself.

Better hope Microsoft finds out about this problem because I know this regularly occurs on many people's computers.

steph
December 29, 2005 9:18 PM

Oh man, I can't believe it was that easy... I've been going INSANE for the past two days trying to figure out how to get the programs to reappear on the taskbar, and all it took was a 2kb program! I think Kelly's Korner is perhaps the best site in the world... thank you SOOOO MUCH!

NiloK
January 1, 2006 10:48 PM

Ive tried to use the fix #240 but it keeps giving me an error, permission denied:'getobject' code: 800A0046 Source: microsoft vbscript runtime error

please help

KittyAnne
January 3, 2006 3:10 PM

omigod...I've been without my task buttons for a good six months...I've been searching everywhere on my compy and one little download saved me! Thank you so much!!

Tarun
January 5, 2006 9:20 AM

I tried running 240 script, it says permission denied getobject.
What shall i do.

Rocio
January 18, 2006 6:18 PM

THANKS thanks so much...my running ptograms werent showing..and then..the tweeks page kinda worked magic on them.
Very very helpfull site Leo.

Greetings from the dominican republic.

Thanks again

Jen
February 4, 2006 12:26 AM

dude. thanks a lot!

Christopher
February 6, 2006 6:34 PM

SWEEET! it worked. i was worried for a moment that this wasn't going to do it. not real familiar with this site and didnt know it it was going to crash my computer or not but i gave it a try and it is lagit! if you are experiencing these problems, follow the steps and you are sure to be satisfied!!

Tezza
February 22, 2006 10:34 PM

thanks a million it worked like a charm straight away, thanks again

Sunny
February 25, 2006 2:37 PM

My god...It was less than 10 seconds that I saw my disappered windows on the taskbar reappered in front of my eyes!! Thank you so much all the genious who made my pain away..Thanks to Kelly's corner and Leo.com!

exnavi
February 25, 2006 10:46 PM

WHWOHWHWOWHHWHOHWH!!! thank you very much!!! thank you very much!!! it is back to normal already!!!!

Ammar Hadidi
March 16, 2006 10:47 PM

Wow! That was so easy! I desperately tried almost everything till I got an idea of typing my problem @ Google; your site was on the top of the list and you are really on the top along with Mr. Kellys-Korner... thank you very much for your help indeed it was great!

Regards

Tina
March 20, 2006 8:29 AM

I don't know how I lost them, but I got them back. Thanks for providing a solution. It worked like a charm.

Alan
March 24, 2006 3:57 PM

I got the same problem so I was brought to this site thru googling.
The script didn't work in my computer and I couldn't figure out why.
There was no instruction too in Kelly's corner on how to make them work if, after double-clickinig the script, a pop-up notification would read "THERE IS NO SCRIPT ENGINE FOR FILE EXTENSION ".VBS."
I envied those guys who made positive comments about the tweek. I again did the googling thing and learned that if the *.vbs won't work, we have to rename the file exntension from *.vbs to *.vbe.
And WOW!!! The problem has been fixed! And to those who are about to encounter the same problem about the tweek, hope this post would help!

Finally, A BIG THANKS to you Leo, and of course, to Kelly's corner. You guys are among the "HEROES in the web." I will surely recommend your sites and bookmark them. Again, thanks and regards!!!

Ales Raidl
March 24, 2006 5:48 PM

Thanks Leo, I have the same problem - my running programs disappear from taskbar. But only at 1 profile on my PC. That happens, after instalation SP3 of WinOnCD6 PowerPack burning program by Roxio and simultanous updating burning program Nero 7 Premium programs to the version 7.0.8.2. But your advice is excelent and does work well. Thank you very much :-)
Unfortunately Microsoft was not able tell me why that accident happens, but I guess that there was some conflict between some drivers need for burning ...

Donna Cooper
March 26, 2006 2:26 PM

How do i get my goole to show up on my taskbar. I had google search on my ols computer i installed it again on my new computer but google didnt come up on my task bar. I like it there because all i had to do was click on it and i could began my search Thanks

milo
April 7, 2006 1:51 PM

Dude, cheers for that

saved me hours of reg changes hehe

I owe u one!

Regards
milo

Ellen
April 11, 2006 3:27 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH...i was about to freak out. >.<

Bosco
April 27, 2006 6:29 AM

Thanks heaps! Worked a treat

Peter
April 29, 2006 7:29 AM

I had the same problem. The solution was incredibly easy, fast, and worked perfectly for me. Thanks and blessings.

francisco farrera
May 1, 2006 8:18 AM

Super, this worked very very good, many thanks

Don
May 11, 2006 10:45 PM

It works fine for me right now.
Thank you for the solution mate !

Jeff Melton
May 17, 2006 11:25 PM

Thanks so much, Leo, for this fix! Unfortunately, the folks at Microsoft should realize that when you allow the other parts of the taskbar to be resized at will that there's a way for people and programs to inadvertantly make their "running programs" section of the taskbar effectively a size of zero. Simply making this yet another toolbar and treating it like all the rest of them (ie you can turn it on or off with a menu click) would seem to me to be a more simple and straightforward design than requiring an obscure registry tweak to fix it. Nonetheless you and Kelly have come forth with a quick and easy way to make the change, though finding it took me considerably longer!!!

Esther
May 31, 2006 7:43 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I thought I was a goner.
I was just completely going NUTS about my running programs disappearing.
Thank you again!!!

Moe
June 7, 2006 10:21 PM

ON MY TASK BAR THE PROGRAMS DO NOT SHOW. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? I ACCIDENTLY DID SOMETHING NOW THE ONLY WAY TO CHECK WHAT I AM RUNNING IS BY, WINDOWS TAKS MANAGER. please can someone let me know how to fix this problem. REPLY ASAP

Andy
July 3, 2006 12:12 AM

The solution works!
My problem is solved. Thank you so much!!!
But I am still intereted to know why this problem happended. Hope someone could answer me. Thanks!

Kimmy
August 7, 2006 6:14 AM

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My computer works now!!!!!!

Thanks!

ROBYN
August 13, 2006 8:55 PM

THank you soooooo much. It feels much like wearing someone else's underwear when your computer doesn't work the right way. It was feeling terribly uncomfortable.

Adam Taylor
August 22, 2006 7:05 AM

You dont now how much this helped me. Thanks and this is a great website. Its much quicker than the windows helpline and easier to understand.
P.S Thanks alot :D

saturn
August 22, 2006 11:49 PM

thanks a lot...
during this two days i was the angriest person here.. because of my tasbar problem.. even, i couldn't work properly....
thanks a lot...

Klaus
September 22, 2006 8:02 AM

Thanks a lot for this "quick and dirty" help. I was seeing myself already browsing the registry for any clue...
Not seeing your tasks can make you feel as helpless as if you were using Win3.11 again :-)
Once more: THANK YOU, and of course Kelly...

Poramate
September 23, 2006 5:05 AM

Thanks for pointing me out to Kelly's website. The solution recommended there really works!

Without your help, I wouldn't be able to locate the solution. Thank you very much, Leo.

Richard
September 24, 2006 9:33 AM

Thanks man it was helpful, stupid taskbar problems :-p

OldGhost
October 4, 2006 7:58 PM

Man, you're the best. It fixed my problem.

sal
October 6, 2006 6:12 PM

I had the same problem and I downloaded teh VBS file but it didn't do anything it shows an error message with the following data:
Line:4
Character:1
Error:Can't create object "WScript.Shell".
code:80040154
origin:WScript.CreateObject
I don't know wath is wrong .
I hope you can help me with this little but anoying problem.

John
October 7, 2006 10:44 AM

Will this work with Win 2k or is it just for XP. Ty

Alex
October 14, 2006 4:24 AM

Very helpful site, now 1 of my favorites, thankyou

Rich B
October 24, 2006 4:17 AM

Brilliant- a wonderful bit of advice for a problem that was really bugging me. Thanks!

Judith
October 29, 2006 9:37 PM

Thank you sooo much from Russia! I have no idea what my computer did in the office over the weekend and why the running programs where just gone, but I'm grateful you helped me fix it fast :)

oliver
November 7, 2006 10:51 AM

thanks!
this quickly and elegantly solved the problem

Triple
November 17, 2006 4:15 PM

Thanks for the hint. My WinXP just played this trick on me as well and I have no idear why.. the programs just didnt show in the taskbar. Thanks to this help, it now does... and I have saved a weekend reinstalling windows... :) Thanks a billion for this site.

George
November 20, 2006 12:56 PM

Well, the turnaround propossed for the taskbar problem seems to work 4 a lot of people but I had the problem, downloaded the VBS file suggested but it didn't work: it shows an error message with the following data:
C:\Desktop\xp_taskbar_desktop_fixall.vbs
Line:51
Char:1
Error:Invalid sintax
code:800401E4
source:(null)
I don't know what's wrong.
Please, help! I'm a teacher and work with my notebook. This problem make my students (they are adults) and me even more crazy...
Thanks a lot!!!

milly
December 1, 2006 1:47 PM

oh thank you so much i had this problem for a while and i thought i will go crazy but hank you agian i thought i will never be able to fix it !

Jorge Cardenas
December 1, 2006 4:31 PM

Really amazing. it works immediately. Thank you for your help

Jerem
December 4, 2006 9:36 AM

Worked well the #240 item on my french edition of Windows XP Media Center Edition. That was q quite annoying problem, that no program would show up in the task bar.

Thanks a lot!!!!

Richard
December 13, 2006 2:20 PM

Wow! It really debugged my problem! I do thank you very much!

Hamed
December 14, 2006 3:38 AM

Thank you soooooooooooo much! I tried everything to fix this but i couldnt solve it. but when i saw ur site i was exited. Thanx.

Justin Thanx
December 15, 2006 4:03 PM

Thanx for that. I don't have a clue why the programs just didn't show. You saved the day Leo and Kelly

Alex
December 20, 2006 9:39 PM

I have no words to thank you enough! I was about to go crazy with this problem, thank you so much

hannah
December 27, 2006 10:37 AM

THANK YOU SO MUCH.
MY DAD WOULD HAVE KILLED ME IF I'D BROKEN IT
YOU SAVED MY LIFE!!!

lawal kehinde
December 31, 2006 8:01 AM

thanks a trilliooooooooooooon!!!! i've been everywhere and almost going nut with this problem. it's simply amazing. thank you so muccccccccccccch for this leo and kelly.

James
January 2, 2007 2:52 AM

Thanks so much for this. The problem was driving me crazy!

Melis
January 13, 2007 12:09 PM

#240 item was a miracle!!!! Tnax for all your help. You are an angel

Raphael Teixeira
January 22, 2007 12:17 PM

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!! I TRIED EVERYTHING TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AND NOTHING WORKED... THIS WORKED IMMEDIATELY... AGAIN... THANK YOU VERY MUCH

Bernard Duerr
January 23, 2007 12:19 AM

I'd been living with the annoyance of missing buttons to switch between open files in the task bar of my Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2002 system. After a few months, #240 solved the problem in seconds. Thank you so much!

Winifred
January 27, 2007 2:24 AM

I am so grateful for your page!! I've been hit with this problem twice in 1 week! First, when I was trouble-shooting my aunt's laptop a few days ago, at the end, due to some worm I couldn't remove using all the resources I found via google, I had to format the harddrive to start over. Then TODAY, I am hit with the exact same annoying problem on my own PC! I tried all the task bar setting to no avail. Google saved me this time by showing your page in the results! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! ^_^!

Martin
January 29, 2007 6:33 AM

THANKSSSSSSSSSSSS. This a major problem for me that I could not solved. I've tried a lot of different things without success. It was driving crazy and the only way I could go in the opened application was with the ALT + TAB. THANKS AGAIN , I will go back to an efficient work on my office laptop. LEO and KELLY your are great !!

Brian
January 30, 2007 5:09 AM

Thanks for the help

tudor davenport
January 31, 2007 3:40 PM

i am trying to install a game for my granchild kitty care pc cd-rom software and it tells me it is unable to initialize video mode. please i do not understand this? can you help

diana
February 4, 2007 9:33 AM

thankk you very muuchh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn´t know what to do to get my task bar back!!

charlie
February 14, 2007 12:56 PM

i did it but it dose not open

Ashok
February 18, 2007 1:12 AM

Thanks a lot for this.
I am able to see the application icons in the task bar. Kelly's Korner is a treasure trove of helpful information.

Andre
February 20, 2007 11:13 PM

Thank you so much, Leo and Kelly! It worked wonderfully.

Austin
February 21, 2007 7:01 PM

Thank you very much. I thought i would have to reload windows until i found this site :)

chloe
February 22, 2007 3:56 PM

quick launch icons will not stay locked, after reboot taskbar is blank tried lots of fixes but to no avail.The right side tray is fine clock progs etc this is just quick launch I have to manually unlock enable quick launch then lock every time.

Merlin
February 28, 2007 2:46 PM

One of our computers at work had this problem. The employees would just keep launching programs (not knowing that they were already running - as they don't appear in the taskbar). I'd hit Alt-Tab to see dozens of applications open. You're solution at Kelly's Korner fixed it all though.
(I think the problem might be caused by a google or yahoo toolbar conflict - Both toolbars were installed on the computer and one tried inserting a search field in the task menu. You can't really tell it's there until you tweak the toolbar a bit).
Anyway, no worries now,
Thanks much

Daniel
March 7, 2007 7:21 AM

Excellent! It works!
Thank you Leo!

Daniel

bill
March 7, 2007 10:04 AM

thaaaaaaaaaaaaaankkkkksssss a loooooot you are the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

nathan
March 10, 2007 8:20 PM

did not work for me, tried it twice. running XP media.

fion
March 12, 2007 10:11 AM

omg thanks so much! i thought i'd have to live with this forever. your tweak worked perfectly! u guys are so great!!!

Jay
March 12, 2007 3:06 PM

this got my buttons back. ty

mai
March 27, 2007 2:58 AM

oh my god! yay thank for ur tips it help me i see my buttons now
thank

yaman
April 1, 2007 2:14 AM

you are great leo.thanks

Tom
April 5, 2007 2:50 PM

For those who get an error when running the progra, I had the same thing happen to me. I looked elsewhere and this worked in the end:

"Here is a way to do it:
1. Save registry file (http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edits/restoretaskbar.reg)
2. Double click on the saved file. It will ask you if you want to enter this information to the registry. DO NOT CLICK OK YET. Leave it there.
3. Kill explorer.exe. To do it open the task manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL) and on the processes tab, click on explorer.exe and then click the button "end process"
4. Now that the desktop icons and the taskbar disappears, click the ok button for the registry
5. From the task manager, click menu file->new task, and enter "explorer.exe" and ok."

Kinson
April 8, 2007 11:16 PM

Thanks soooooo much!!!! This problem had been haunting me for more than a month. It is gone now!!! Thnx so much!!!!

BB
April 23, 2007 12:31 AM

I had the problem where tasks would disappear from the taskbar, but still appear in the Alt-TAB list. The tweak doesn't work for me, and all it does is reset my taskbar + quicklaunch settings, so I have to go through and reconfigure them again. User beware!

Eugenia
April 24, 2007 6:24 AM

thanks so much, i just come back from hk this morning, when i back to my room, i turn on the computer, and i realised that those running programmes do not show on the task bar; i was so worry about that, but now all solved...thanks sooooo much!!!!!!

emirhan izmir
April 27, 2007 5:09 AM

you are the best. I searched "running programs on taskbar has gone away" on google, your solution was the 1st output from the search and it did work. :-)

Jim Virgintino
April 27, 2007 11:36 AM

Awesome! I downloaded the program and it worked instantly. Thanks for saving me time and aggravation.
Jim

Neil
May 1, 2007 6:41 AM

Thanks so much!!!
Finally I got my taskbar working properly

AMP
May 2, 2007 2:46 PM

wow this took all of 30 seconds and solved a big frickin problem.

Thank's for the help!

lara
May 4, 2007 1:04 PM

UR A LIFE SAVIOR!..IM GONNA LIVE!...I WILL RECOMEND THIS TO EVERYONE I KNOW!..I LOVE U! XXXX

uka
May 6, 2007 7:52 PM

Thank's for the help!

Dr. Ehab
May 8, 2007 2:00 PM

Thank you very very much ,,,,, it was a problem killing me .... i follow your instructions and my taskbar restored in less than a second ....
You are THE KING

brandon
May 8, 2007 9:35 PM

I installed the fix,but with no results. Please Help!!! I'm soo frustrated.

Anthony Dawson
May 9, 2007 1:13 PM

This is ace man it really works i lost all use of my taskbar for about 3 months now and now its back its like i have a whole new laptop so glad that i never have to use ALT + TAB again hehe

pcrudy
May 23, 2007 9:54 AM

We were going crazy with this issue until we tried this today may 23 2007 and it worked instantly. looked at the script - obviously you have put some serious time into scripting and yet have chosen to share it with others - have a great holiday weekend!

john
June 6, 2007 7:51 PM

man this was killing me thanks very much

isb
June 11, 2007 6:01 AM

Thanks a lot, Leo.
The Kelly's Korner solution does work!!

Art
June 19, 2007 7:51 AM

The problem disappears as soon as I run the #240 script. However, after I reboot, the problem returns!!!

What should I do?

hoogli
June 28, 2007 7:21 PM

W00T THANK YOU

ef
July 3, 2007 1:36 AM

Brilliant!! So quick and painless. Thank you.

orange
July 4, 2007 12:39 AM

u are amazing !! It really works!! thank you x100000000000 times.

vashawnbrooks
July 5, 2007 11:18 PM

it worked 2 seconds thanks very much

phill
July 6, 2007 1:54 AM

it worked restarted windows explorer which took a coupple of seconds but all is working fine thanks

Jamie
July 18, 2007 6:24 PM

Thank you so much for this! My taskbar hasn't been working for about a year now. I finally got sick it after my taskmanager was taking an insanely long time to load!
*Hugs you tightly*
THANK YOU!!!

Denise Cummings-Meeks
July 28, 2007 10:47 PM

Didn't work for me. I got error message as follows Error: Line 51, Char 1--The service cannot be started either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it. Code 80070422; Source (null)......HELP!

Rolando
July 31, 2007 12:10 PM

You and Kelly are awesome!!! It worked like a charm. THANKS!!!

Asif Shaik
August 10, 2007 12:57 AM

I appreciate the fix specified here. It brought me wonders... Thank you so much.

leonard
August 20, 2007 2:51 AM

Thanks a lot...
it works... all the running program showed in the taskbar again!!!!
thanks....

vicky
August 23, 2007 12:14 PM

!!!Amazzin!!! i was getting so stressed and anoyed with my computed i was about to give up then i found your site and it works so if yoo have a problem with your computer !!!ASK LEO!!!

Alex
September 27, 2007 3:29 PM

Great!! It works. Many thanks!

BP
October 3, 2007 4:42 AM

Magic. I have struggled with this for months. The comment about the registry worried me - a bit beyond me. But the reference to Kelly Corner Tweaks was instant. I am very impressed - and greateful.

Shiam
October 17, 2007 11:13 AM

it worked thanks so much

Mike
October 23, 2007 6:35 PM

Thanks a lot, this has been bugging me for ages. Tried the fix, now all is back to normal - thanks again!!

Lawrence
October 31, 2007 9:26 PM

i downloaded the .vbs off kelly's site but it wouldn't run... everytime i try to execute it, nothing happens... is there something wrong with my computer?

Jarno
November 13, 2007 9:16 AM

Worked like wonder. Beautifull
thank you

Chris
November 16, 2007 3:49 PM

Thanks a lot for the big help ^^

azazel
November 20, 2007 5:38 PM

Thanks a great deal, this is the third time I've sought this page for help regarding this problem and it really helps. Thanks!

Melissa
November 29, 2007 11:10 AM

Thanks!
This restored my taskbar...
AND my sanity!

holly lu
December 5, 2007 3:09 PM

i have this perennial problem as well. i've done the new task(run), the kelly's korner fix & neither have worked. what should i try next? thanks--holly lu

linus
December 6, 2007 5:51 PM

Thank you. this has helped me quite a bit.

Tank
December 10, 2007 2:57 PM

Lol, it actually worked
i was panicking for a sec seeing as its not my computer but the tweaks page had it back to normal in a few seconds.
cheers ;D

Rosie
December 19, 2007 2:58 PM

I just used it and it worked. Thanks so much. I was worried the kids had broken the computer. Rosie, London, England

Andy
December 22, 2007 12:54 PM

Awesome - it worked, I've been trying to find the missing icons for ages!!!!

crimson
December 25, 2007 9:28 PM

I can no longer run Kelly's vbs script as I get a missing file error. Any alternatives?

Elle
January 10, 2008 12:09 PM

THANKYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!

I had a 5 minute panic attack there..

mariano
January 11, 2008 11:16 PM

thank you it worked in seconds.....
very useful...
best regards..

Janez
January 24, 2008 2:52 AM

I surfed "tons" of german sites for three weeks. No one could help. Ask-Leo and Kellys-Corner offered quick and efficient help within 30 seconds. God bless you all with anything you desire, while I wish you to continue being at help where others are at desperation.

D.Liu
January 25, 2008 7:19 PM

Thanks a lot. After running the script from
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
it resetted the bar. Man my sister kept blaming I stuffed her PC. Thanks Leo.

300
February 14, 2008 3:07 AM

Another member of the global community singing praises of #240! Thank you so much!

Stefan Farrugia
February 22, 2008 11:21 AM

Hi,

i m trying to access the tweaks page @ Kelly's Korner but to no avail. pls help.

Cheers
Stefan

Josh Ohevshalom
April 25, 2008 7:59 AM

the program isn't working, an error message pops up saying
(could not locate automation class named "WScript.shell")

please help me!!!

David Stacey
June 8, 2008 3:15 AM

if you are having problems with accessing the tweaks page, try opening the link in new window (right click on "Tweaks" and select "Open Link in New Window".
It worked for me, hope it works for you :)

Paul
June 9, 2008 6:58 AM

Spent all morning trying to get the program tabs to reappear on the XP task bar, to no avail. Microsoft's site completely, utterly, totally and 100% useless, as always.

As recommended by Leo, Kelly's Korner Tweak #240 solved the problem in 20 seconds flat, and that includes downloading the file. Fantastic! Many thanks for the heads up.

nick
June 20, 2008 3:50 AM

Phew, it worked many thanks..

Jose
June 24, 2008 11:30 AM

Better: Task Bar Repair Tool Plus at http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

J Johnson
August 17, 2008 5:41 PM

Dude. How. Did. You. Do. That. It worked in like 5 seconds! Thanks!!!

Mikruiser
August 19, 2008 1:44 PM

Leo, you're the MAN! Open & Minimized windows weren't showing on my taskbar, and thanks to your site, I got the link to Kellys tweak #240, everything back to normal. Thank you Sir!

Isaac Prollius
August 24, 2008 6:20 AM

great!! solved the problem in a few seconds! I'm bookmarking this page.tks a mil

Oscar
September 7, 2008 3:15 AM

Blink of an eye. Amazing! Thanks, Leo, Kelly!

TacoTaco45
September 17, 2008 3:16 PM

At first I was skeptical, sounded like a virus or something, but heck, Instant fix. Thanks!

Raquel
September 26, 2008 12:34 PM

OMG!!!!!!!I've been trying for weeks and to no avail. I even contacted my company's "HELP" desk and nothing....Thank u!!!Thank u!!!

Lana Dee
September 28, 2008 7:53 AM

Thank you so much! I now have my icons back! I lost my taskbar icons shortly after running superantispyware. Could that have had anything to do with it? Is that a good program to use??

Yogesh Diwan
October 17, 2008 8:40 PM

Thank you. My taskbar wasn't showing the buttons for the open/minimized windows. Running above script solved the problem. Thanks.

LittleGirl
October 22, 2008 9:41 PM

OMG!! This is good! Thanx for this!

andy
October 24, 2008 8:31 AM

Brilliant Leo, spent hours trying to fix it and your instructions had it fixed in seconds..Many Thanx

snoopy80
November 6, 2008 3:34 AM

great! its solve my problem that cracking my head.
thanks

nia N
November 17, 2008 6:36 PM

Oh my God, Leo! such a simple solution--well, simple now that its solved. Thank you so much for your website, and the connection to the solution site. I think I love you!!!! (smile)

nate
January 26, 2009 8:54 AM

Hello - I went to Kelly's corner, but I couldn't see the tweaks page because of a compression problem. I'm not sure what to do now - any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

Unfortunately "a compression problem" doesn't tell me anything. I'd need more details like specific error messages to even try to be of any help.
- Leo
27-Jan-2009

Mitch
February 16, 2009 9:23 AM

Greetings! I have the same problem: Running programs not appearing in the task bar. Trouble is this thing is still running on Windows ME and your "fix" is for XP. I hope there is still hope for this old computer of mine. Thanks!

Jack
March 20, 2009 4:51 AM

Thank you so much, god knows why computers decide to change things when you dont ask them too!

Problem Solved.

yena
March 25, 2009 4:30 PM

thanks! my taskbar had disappeared a while ago and it was so frustrating, ah ha!

Thomas
March 28, 2009 12:29 PM

Thank you SOO much!!
My taskbar has been failing me for over a year now!
I looked for a solution when it broke down, but I couldn't fine one, and just decided to get used to my problem. If only I had found this webpage then!!

Charis
March 28, 2009 4:38 PM

Thank heavens that worked. So easy!!

Liz
March 30, 2009 10:25 PM

LEO, Thanx a lot! After a week of painful ALT+TABs my taskbar is back!!!! U R D king!
L

Kiki
May 14, 2009 1:49 PM

Leo, awesome advice. I'm stumped as to why this isn't working when it hasn't in the past. Only one program doesn't minimize to the taskbar - WordPerfect. IF I Alt-Tab it once I can minimize and recover thereafter. I downloaded and ran the tool but it didn't help. Any other ideas?

Thanks for years of great great advice!

Gabe
May 15, 2009 5:58 PM

WORKS PERFECTLY, have no idea why this happens. Thanks.

William Surya Permana
June 18, 2009 11:04 PM

Thank you so much for your solution! It worked. My problem solved. But, it erase the Microsoft Office shortcut bar in the upper side of the screen. And I must reconfigure it in Microsoft Office Setting program.

Oh,yeah, before I forgot, for NATE who posted about Kelly's corner tweak page and encountered with "a compression problem". I have the solution. This problem occurred when your browser unable to extract some compressed sites. Mozilla Firefox and Netscape have this problem. The solution is change your browser! To Opera or Internet Explorer which both support extraction process, and reenter the site. I hope this info useful.

Taniguchi, J.
June 20, 2009 4:05 AM

Man, I hate windows but still dont have the same resources in Linux and a good Mac its way too expensive for me....

Thanks God there is blogs like yours to help dummy programmer like me to fix this trash windows sys.

Thanks alot!

Ayman
July 22, 2009 2:51 AM

Thanks Leo, the fix of registry worked very well.
I am glad that I cam by your useful page.
Thanks again :)

azscorp
August 13, 2009 3:40 PM

I ran the script and it worked fine until I rebooted the computer and the taskbar goes back to the same. I re-run the script and all is well. Somehow the settings are getting changed when I reboot. What is happening?
azscorp

Kelly
September 8, 2009 12:50 PM

This is not working for me. They show up for like half a second after I run the script and then are gone again. Anybody have any suggestions?

pevinco
February 4, 2010 3:07 PM

I have the same problem. Does this tweak also work with Vista?

Regards

travis blackston
February 12, 2010 2:42 PM

my taskbar thing at the bottem of my screen has been turning blue for some reason also. how do i fix that

travis blackston
February 12, 2010 2:43 PM

sorry i ment white. its normaly blue

dhomz
February 13, 2010 4:11 PM

have the same prob here..i cant start some of my programs..and opened programs shown in the taskbar automatically minimized and it cant be restored..Somebody help me!!

Ray
February 21, 2010 3:09 PM

I cannot open or get anything on my bottom task bar forward or backward

Graham
April 16, 2010 4:22 PM

Try this:
Right click the lower taskbar and then click properties, and then un-check AUTO HIDE THE TASK BAR. U should be all good then.

THANKS
August 20, 2010 1:55 PM

WOW I WAS WONDERING HOW TO FIX THIS THANK GOD FOR THIS SITE, GOD BLESS YOU!!

radiate
August 28, 2010 6:53 AM

I am having the same problem and went to Kelly's Korner, dowloaded the script but my pc doesn't do anything with it. It opens it and I can see the script but nothing happens. What am I doing wrong. Really appreciate your help!

Cathy
December 7, 2010 2:54 AM

Thank you so much!, was going crazy trying to figure that out, Now I would like to know what caused it..lol thanks guys...Cat

umk
June 3, 2011 11:00 AM

how do i see item 240 where is it?

Gill M. Bates
June 3, 2011 2:23 PM

Umk, it's right after 239.

woody
July 23, 2011 4:03 AM

I ran item 240 yesterday, but when I started my computer this morning it had reverted back. How do I keep that from happening?

ARMIN
November 4, 2011 12:44 AM

thanks a lot.
this advice solved my problem.

Ashish
December 20, 2011 3:45 AM

Hi Leo....Thanks for the useful post. I was going crazy to fins a solution for this...Thanks

memoryspectre
December 20, 2011 9:11 PM

Thank you!
I really did want to see my running programs. >.

aron
December 29, 2011 9:16 AM

Wow! Worked! Thank you so much!

Eric Wong
October 10, 2012 9:34 PM

I am glad that I came over your posting. Item #240. That fixed my problem. I tried for days repairing my profile, but #240 vbs fixed it in seconds : )

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