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Laura Greenwood
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 7:38 pm:   

hi, thanks for looking at my question. I'm running win XP Pro and have this annoying problem I am hoping someone here has encountered and hopefully knows what patch to apply to make it go away!

Anyhow when clicking between applications using the task bar, sometimes I have to hit the button a couple of times in order for the application to display. Sometimes it seems like a problem with the window being hidden, unhidden, etc.

Sometimes I cannot bring a window up from the task bar, i have to right click and hit restore, then right click again and maximize the window..

I have searched on google and microsoft but obviously I don't know the appropriate keywords to seearch for.

I've been pretty frustrated by this.. It's annoying!

Thanks so much for looking!

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 7:46 am:   

Hi Laura,
The problem sounds like a configuration problem perhaps with video or how Windows XP is handling display attributes. Are you allowing Windows to control the way video "Looks and Feels"? Try this:
Enter control Panel and switch from category view to classic view. Click on System than click on advanced click on performance settings than click on Custom and uncheck items one at a time and test until you find which setting is causing the bottleneck. Under the advanced tab you will find more settings to adjust how windows handles CPU usage, memory, and cache.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 9:30 am:   

Rt clk on the taskbar & go into its properties.
Have you left the features active in the taskbar that hide unused desktop apps in the systray and on the taskbar?
Also the desktop cleanup function removes or hides apps it thinks are not used frequently. it is bad at telling what you are up to-these things do nothing but consume system resources so I turn them off.
I dont think its your video or system, but check that & preferences for taskbar & desktop settings.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 - 8:15 pm:   

I've also experienced this problem before and it happens sometimes even now. I know what you mean, you want to click the button on the taskbar and restore it into view but it seems like it's not there. That is because the window has been minimized and "moved off the visible screen" as you say, you actually have to click RESTORE and then MAXIMIZE and then you will see the window in full view. But if you try to unmaximize it, it will disappear again. I've had this happen mostly with Internet Explorer. A setting I have enabled is "Remember Each Folders View Settings". I will open a new Internet Explorer, and manually resize it to the screen. Then I will open Windows Explorer and select "Tools | Folder Options" and under the "View" Tab I will make sure that option is selected, and click "Apply to All Folders" and then Apply, OK. That seems to solve the problem.

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