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Windows 7: Auto-hide Taskbar Fails to Auto-hide

04 Mar 2012   #1

W7 Home 64
Auto-hide Taskbar Fails to Auto-hide

I set the Taskbar tab (in Taskbar & Start menu Properties) to Auto-hide the Taskbar. When I select Apply, the taskbar dips and disappears for a second and then comes right back and stays there.

Is there a way to make the auto-hide work?

W7 Home 6.1 / 7600

Thank you

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04 Mar 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

HI! You can use this nifty 3rd party free software to hide the taskbar and re-enable it when you need to! On a personal note i find the taskbar in Win.7 a wonder! Different strokes for different folks,i guess!

Download ShellWin: Partially Hide/Show Windows 7 Taskbar With ShellWin

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04 Mar 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

You should not have to use a 3rd party to get your Taskbar to do this. The only thing I can suggest is set it to auto hide/apply/okay. It shouldn't take a reboot but it doesn't cost anything.
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04 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Click on a free space of the desktop when you are done with the settings.
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05 Mar 2012   #5

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

I've heard some programs can interfere with Auto-Hide working correctly...

If this problem just started, did you recently install any new programs?

Some things you could try:
  • Start Windows in Safe Mode and see if Auto-Hide works.
  • Turn off all unnecessary start-up programs in msconfig and see if it works.
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23 Sep 2012   #6

w7 ultimate32

I had this problem episodically from W95 !!
Now I Have W7 and suddenly it appears and don't go away.
Seems that the O.S. think there is an open Balloon, even if the balloon is not !

Googled the Web, found an interesting utility that seems can solve it:
"Taskbar Slapper" from NovaFrost BUT it s not anymore available.

Luckily I found another one, I tries it .. It fix forever the problem and give you a bonus:
It delay the taskbar!!!
The Taskbar Activate page

Hope it help !
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