Dear Computer Lady,
The bar that pops up at the bottom of my screen – the “task bar” I think it’s called – it’s got the “start” button on the far left side. Well, I can’t get the dumb thing to go away. It used to slide down and away, but not anymore! HELP! What did I do wrong?
You are correct, the bar that you are describing is the taskbar.
You used to have it set to auto hide, but somewhere along the line, someone must have changed the setting.
Here is how to change it back.
In Windows XP, Vista and 7:
1. Right click on a blank spot of the taskbar.
2. In the context menu that appears, click on, “Properties”.
3. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click to put a check mark in front of “Auto-hide the taskbar.
4. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box to close the window and save your changes.