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Windows 7: Taskbar Always On Top - Disable or Enable


12 Jan 2010   #79
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 
Taskbar Always On Top - Disable or Enable

How to Disable or Enable Taskbar Always on Top in Windows 7


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31 Oct 2010   #80
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Castaa View Post
I upgraded to Windows 7 x64 Service Pack 1 (release candidate)
Here's a new 64-bit test version you can try.

(I'm not releasing it as a new official release because I can't test it and also because I can't make a 32-bit version due to not having access to the 32-bit sp1 explorer.)


edit: attachement removed, new release candidate two posts down

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01 Nov 2010   #81
ilyaor

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I upgraded to Windows 7 x32 Service Pack 1 (release candidate) and now DisableTaskbarOnTop32.exe returns an error: Unknow Explorer Version, can't apply patch Download explorer.zip from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way
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01 Nov 2010   #82
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

Here's a release candidate for both 32- and 64-bit. It would be great if someone with 64-bit and someone with 32-bit SP1 could confirm that it works.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ilyaor View Post
Download explorer.zip from Sendspace.com - send big files the easy way
Thank you for the file.


EDIT: file attachement removed, can now be downloaded as the regular download (release 5)
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01 Nov 2010   #83
Castaa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The RC version works like a charm for me. Thanks!
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06 Nov 2010   #84
dhwitten

windows 7
 
 

Yep, 64-bit version has been working great. Thanks once again for this fantastic utility.
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06 Nov 2010   #85
Castaa

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The one issue I have is that I place my taskbar on the left edge of the screen and any new file saved the the desktop gets placed behind the taskbar, which is annoying.

Is there a possible workaround for that? Besides putting a column of dummy files behind the taskbar?
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06 Nov 2010   #86
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

Thanks for reports.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Castaa View Post
The one issue I have is that I place my taskbar on the left edge of the screen and any new file saved the the desktop gets placed behind the taskbar, which is annoying.
That unfortunately is a known side effect (that I might have missed to mention). I wanted to fix that too but didn't find any solution, and I haven't had any time to look further. It's quite time consuming to try to figure out.
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27 Dec 2010   #87
oxgt2e

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

HELP! I am one of many people looking for a solution to a very annoying problem with the Windows 7 taskbar. My taskbar will not always stay in front of other programs when I have 'autohide' feature enabled. Previous versions of Windows offered a setting in the taskbar that when checked allowed the taskbar to be auto-hidden while also 'Keep the taskbar on top of other windows'.

OK, here's the part where those of us with this problem run into trouble - its in trying to explain this problem. Please bear with me.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition. It is a brand-new and clean install. (this problem occurs on other editions as well). Now immediately after Windows installs I begin to tweak. First thing I do is set the taskbar to 'Auto-hide the taskbar'. You know what that does.. it makes the taskbar shrink down into a thin bar across the bottom of the screen. Moving the mouse down to the bottom of the screen makes the taskbar pop open. Move the mouse away from the bottom of the screen and the taskbar shrinks back down to that thin bar. When programs are maximized they fill the entire screen except for that thin bar across the bottom of the screen which always remains on top of the maximized window (well, its supposed to 'always' in theory). Moving the mouse down to the bottom of the screen makes the taskbar pop open on top of the maximized window. HERE IS THE PROBLEM - sometimes randomly that thin bar will not be in front of a maximized window and moving the mouse to the bottom of the screen does not make the taskbar pop open. In other words, the taskbar does not ALWAYS stay in front of other programs anymore like it used to in previous versions of Windows.

Example - I open and maximize Windows Explorer and browse to a folder loaded with pictures. Then I open and maximize Photoshop. I move the mouse to the bottom of the screen to the thin bar and the taskbar pops open allowing me to click back to Windows Explorer. Now I am in Explorer maximized, ready to go back into Photoshop, I move the mouse down to the bottom of the screen but the thin bar is not there anymore and the taskbar does not pop open. I have to Alt-Tab to Photoshop or hit the Windows-Key to make the taskbar pop open. (At this point, I have found if I right-click a blank area of the taskbar it 'reminds' the taskbar that it is supposed to be in front of all open windows. Moving the mouse away from the taskbar makes it shrink back down to that thin bar and now that thin bar remains in front of all maximized windows for a while but then eventually ends up behind again after clicking back and forth several times between windows).

I hope you understand. There are many many people experiencing this frustration and there has been no solution. This problem has existed with Windows 7 since release candidate editions. It happens with any combination of maximized programs (Firefox and Microsoft Word is another combo that where this problem occurs for me). If only there was the 'Keep the taskbar on top of other windows' option in combination with the 'Auto-hide the taskbar' feature like there was in previous editions of Windows...

Perhaps you can force this option and add it to your program. It would be a tremendous relief from aggravation for me and many others if you could figure this out. Your program seems to almost do what I need it to. Your program keeps the taskbar open but allows it to fall behind other windows. If you could modify your program to force Windows 7 to do what it is already designed to do.. that is, allow the taskbar to 'auto-hide' - AND - remain ALWAYS in front of all windows. Lots of words, I hope you understand the frustration. Thank you for your time and courtesy!
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29 Dec 2010   #88
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

It sounds to me that it's a bug in Windows's z-order handling and the taskbar, the Windows 7 taskbar is hardcoded as a top-most window. There's nothing I could do to make it even more top-most If it doesn't stay on top under all circumstances then it's a more deeply rooted bug or design flaw in their code changes for 7.
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30 Jan 2011   #89
Ysz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and 32bit
 
 

Dear tweaker,
upon a latest Windows 7 update, I found DisableTaskbarOnTop64.exe working OK on a 64 bit system, but on my 32 bit Windows 7 Home Premium system after applying the Windows 7 SP1 update, I now find DisableTaskbarOnTop32.exe (release 5 of 2010.11.01,14:42, 12.288 bytes) saying :
“DisableTaskbarOnTop – Error => Unknown Explorer version (6.1.7601.17514), can't apply patch.”
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So unfortunately it doesn't work any more on 32-bit over here.
More specifically I have downloaded and installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) OEM pre-release from
[SP1] Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Download Available
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Am I the only one seeing this problem in 32 bit ?
On a second 32-bit machine where I tried, the same problem occurs. Before my Windows 7 SP1 update, your tool worked perfectly on these systems, so you see the picture.
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Greetings and many thanks from
Yvo
(writing from Zaventem near Brussels in Belgium, Europe)
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