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Windows 7: Win7 auto-hide Taskbar will not stay on top.

23 May 2014   #1

win7 64
Win7 auto-hide Taskbar will not stay on top.

This problem has appeared before. Gets fixed. Then reappears a year or two later. From my research, this has happened in WinXP, Vista [which was not] and Win7.

PROBLEM DEFINITION: Windows cover the Taskbar, so while auto-hide functions correctly, you cannot see it pop up, . When windows are maximized, they cover the entire Taskbar and you have to fiddle until you can see it. This usually happens soon after Microsoft causes a massive security breach and has to rush a patch to the world.

It may have something to do with Chrome, because at the same time Chrome does not want to open maximized. If you go to properties and ask for Chrome to open always maximized, it will. But it is supposed to remember what it was when it closed and do the same thing.

I know what the root cause is. I'm an old hacker [original meaning] and it used to happen to me. True confessions. You fix a problem cause it's an emergency, and for some reason that only God knows, you pick a module from your library that is out of date, two generations back, that has a bug in it that was already fixed, tested, implemented and distributed. Due to the speed at which the critical patch has to be implemented, your Quality Control misses the error. They still do that, don't they?!

So the root cause is lack of adequate Change Control at Microsoft. There is not really any of us can do anything about that problem, short of using Linux. So we all look for work-arounds. It eventually gets fixed, usually by a subsequent patch when Microsoft finally gets around to it. In the meantime, we all suffer the irritation of not having our expectations met.

I have seen solutions that involve downloading software from strangers. But I have a fear of STDs. [Software Trust-less Downloads]. I am looking for a workaround that will function in my installed environment: Win7-64 and Chrome-32 [sadly].

Any help would be sincerely appreciated.
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23 May 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Manxe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have the windows maximized using the F11 full screen on/off toggle shortcut? If so, see how it works when maximized normally.

For now, you can also press the :winkey: + T keys to open the taskbar as a workaround until this is sorted for you. :)
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25 May 2014   #3

win7 64
Thks for your reply, but workarounds, like I said.

F11 works for me, but does not remove the irritation.
I still have to discover that the Taskbar does not pop up, then remember to use F!!.
So ... like I said ... we are stuck with workarounds until Micro$oft gets around to recognising the problem.
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25 May 2014   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

The taskbar will not display if you maximize using F11 (full screen). Only when you maximize normally by clicking on the maximize button at the top right corner will the taskbar display as usual.
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