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nailpolishfanatic's avatar

How to recover and stop my toolbar from disappearing?

Asked by nailpolishfanatic (6592 points ) June 8th, 2012

Yesterday I accidentally pressed some keys on my computer and my toolbar on the bottom of each computer just disappeared. When I do not have Google Chrome open then it shows but the moment GC is up, it completely disappears. In Safari though it works but its like Safari is zoomed in or something so the page is a little too big and if I need to click on something that is at the very bottom of the page I cannot do it because then the toolbar is distracting.

Its so uncomfortable having this problem because I basically cant function without the toolbar. BTW I have tried auto hiding and not doing so but still it does not work.

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XOIIO's avatar

Mac of PC? You forgot the most important detail.

XOIIO's avatar

Well first of all I’d say don;t use chrome or safari. Chrome is crap and Safari was designed for macs, firefox is the best option.

I would go into the settings and reset everything back to the defaults, should be a fairly obvious button to do it, let me know how that goes.

ETpro's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic What Google Chrome toolbar? I use Chrome a great deal—obviously disagree with @XOIIO about its usefulness. I only use Firefox for Web Development, because I find the Firebug addon much more useful tha the Web Developer Tools in Chrome.

But in chrome, all I have is a tab vies and an address bar. There is not supposed to be any toolbar. Perhaps you had some third party toolbar like Coogle, Alexia, or such.

prasad's avatar

If it’s a windows taskbar, and if it’s probably hidden, then you can unhide it. Hover your cursor over bottom (where your toolbar is), and when it appears, right click and select properties. In toolbar tab, uncheck auto-hide the taskbar check-box. Click ok. Now, you should see the windows taskbar all the time.

If it’s not that, see if the screen is fitted into the computer display properly. Resize it so that you can see all very well.

If it’s browser, then see if zoom level is 100 per cent. If it is zoomed in (more than 100 per cent), you will see everything large.

If above things work, then good, otherwise I am sorry; I have only this knowledge.

flutherother's avatar

There was some discussion about this on a Google forum

tom_g's avatar

Let us know if you have found a solution. Honestly, I can’t even figure out what the problem is. There is no toolbar in Chrome, so it can’t disappear. I even took a quick look at that forum link @flutherother provided, and I can’t parse what they are saying here.

@XOIIO: “Chrome is crap”

Surely you must be joking. I use FF at work for web development because of Firebug, but Chrome is my preferred browser otherwise. It’s just faster, more stable, and better all around than FF (although I was an exclusive FF user up until about a year ago when I gave Chrome another shot and didn’t look back).

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

Wow thanks for the help everyone, and to be honest I tried every single trick you all suggested, nothing worked. But then I just shut down the computer completely and didn’t use it for one day. When I next started it; it was as if nothing had ever happened, the TASKBAR (what I meant to say, not toolbar) was there and was working fine.

I don’t know what the problem was, it fixed itself I guess.

prasad's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic Oh, I forgot nothing works like restart! Sometimes Windows want us jump out of our thinking windows.

If it’s been one of those days, then keep calm…. Wait, there’s something to learn from that too. Ok, I’m ready to admit.

XOIIO's avatar

@tom_g The cople times I have used chrome it’s crap. Sure it’s fast, but the UI is horrible, and its annoying as hell to set right

ETpro's avatar

@nailpolishfanatic Aha! The taskbar. That disappears when you click to go full page, which occasionally happens inadvertently. Even when I do it on purpose to grab a screenshot, I have yet to find a way to get back out of it in Chrome without shutting Chrome down. That’s my one complaint with the browser. It’s so light that there are necessary controls that just aren’t there.

sixteenarmsbill's avatar

have you tried f11?

ETpro's avatar

@sixteenarmsbill I hadn’t before tonight. That works. Thanks.

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