One thing I struggle with in Fedora is having to click on Activities to see the start bar. Is there a key shortcut or is there a way to have it displayed all the time?
Could you provide some more information please? Is this on a standard gnome install? What do you mean by the taskbar—the dock where different applications are shown?
The “Dash board” at the bottom of the screen is opened with the ‘Super’ key (AKA ‘windows’ key).
The full screen activities menu can be opened with ‘Super + A’.
It’s a standard gnome install