My OS is Windows XP, with SP2. I put 4 folders (which contain other folders as well as files) on the taskbar as toolbars, using them as pop-up menus; I placed them to the right, next to the notification area, and enabled "Lock the taskbar." Recently they started to move out of their places every time I started the computer, and spill the subfolders onto the taskbar. I've put them back several times, unlocking the taskbar first, and then relocking it each time after the repositioning; I also had to remove and then re-add the folders as toolbars a few times, because they were hard to move around with the strewn-about subfolders on the taskbar. But they have repeatedly repositioned themselves; and also, a blank section of the taskbar has appeared on the left, next to the quick launch bar, in which minimized windows cannot go, so that they end up piled up in a small area on the taskbar, between the blank section and the misplaced folder-toolbars; I can move this blank "toolbar" left or right, and resize it, but can't figure out how to remove it.
I'd like to know:
What's possibly causing the toolbar-folders to keep moving out of their places, and what can be done to stop it;
Whether there is a way to remove the blank "toolbar'; and
Whether there are more controllable ways to maneuver toolbars on the taskbar than dragging the double bars.
Many thanks for answering my questions.