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Taskbar will not unlock

By Shesca ·
I am using WinXPSP2. A few weeks ago, I wanted to update and icon in my QuickLaunch, so I right clicked the task bar as usual to unlock it. I unchecked Lock The Taskbar, but it didn't make an difference. I searched Windows knowledge base, and I could only find one reference to this problem. The reference was that I had used its TweakUI and gave the instructions on how to reverse it. Although I have not used TweakUI, I tried the instructions with no luck. I sorely need to change some things in my Quick Launch. Anyone have another way to make the toolbar unlock?

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Until the real help arrives...

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Taskbar will not unlock

I am not IT. I do use XP, though, and any OS I've had has always had "moments", which is why I call my PC "she".
When was the last time you ran defrag?
When things go bonkers running defrag won't hurt. Then reboot.
There have been times when a simple reboot has cleared up all sorts of scitzo activity.

Surely a real IT will have some brilliant answer that is better than mine, but what the heck. It's an answer that has worked for me in the past.

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found a fix for a similar issue in an AD environment

by amc In reply to Taskbar will not unlock

One day our terminal server Users could not adjust taskbar anymore.

As a user (not admin) I had a look in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer (where user policy settings are stored) and noticed two new entries NoCloseDragDropBands and NoMovingBands.

From google these relate to Group Policies (User Configuration\AdministrativeTemplates\Desktop) ?Prevent adjusting desktop toolbars? and ?Prevent adding, dragging, dropping and closing the Taskbar's toolbars?.

You will need to check what policy is setting these using gpedit.msc or gpmc.msc depending on your environment.

I found an ?Office Users? policy with had these enabled.

A breif investigation points to an office resource kit setting these.

Sweet as.

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