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Windows 7: Taskbar at top of screen interferes with some programs

11 May 2010   #1

Taskbar at top of screen interferes with some programs

I keep my taskbar at the top of the screen. I just like it there for ease of use. I'm not trying to make windows look or act like a mac (they annoy me with a lot of their button positions and whatnot)... I just like it up there on the top of my screen.

However, a lot of applications start out up at the very top of the screen. In XP, they started out in the middle of the screen, but in 7... well they are all the way at the top. And my taskbar is covering the menus and title bar, thus not allowing me to grab and move them.

Any of these which are resizable by grabbing a side or bottom edge, I just click there and windows will pop it down to just below the task bar. But several aren't, and I can't move the window in any way, shape, or form. If I know the menu layout, I can use alt keys to duplicate most functions... but some don't have alt key equivalents, or I just don't know them.

Is there any way, short of moving my task bar, or making it auto hide (which I do NOT want to do), to prevent this from happening, or even just reliably fix it each time it does happen?

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11 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Hi and welcome to the forum .

To move a Window without using the mouse please select the program in the task bar and hit alt+space then M.

Now use the arrow keys to move the Window to an appropriate position.

Hopefully next time that Window opens it will open where you moved it too.

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11 May 2010   #3


Thanks, I will give that a try... as to the next time it opens; well, with windows I can move via the mouse (by resizing the side or bottom of the window), they always appear back up under the taskbar, no matter where I had moved them... so I don't have high hopes.

As long as I can use this method, though... it should be good.

I would much rather it just not allow windows to go behind the taskbar, ever, period. Is there any way to make that happen?
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11 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

I believe this thread will solve your problem, DisableTaskbarOnTop - disable taskbar always on top.

It's not 100% what you wanted but it's close enough for you to consider.

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11 May 2010   #5

Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

Taskbar Hider by ~Prisoner7 on deviantART

Hold the Windows key and press the Space bar to hide the taskbar. Do the same to unhide it. I made this for some situations like this.
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07 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 64bit

I'm in the same position as OP.

I wanted to use taskbar at the top, but seeing how it doesn't work as well as the default position, I get the impression Microsoft didn't really think people would actually use it that way.
I've seen various programs end up off screen, sometimes only temporarily (when they're "busy"), other times permanently.

Yeah, there are ways to bring them back (I found another solution which should work), but it's annoying.

I'm not actually looking for third party solutions, but I hope people from Microsoft are reading this and taking note. :)
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