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Windows 7: Taskbar rising for attention - no obvious cause

02 Jun 2010   #1

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
Taskbar rising for attention - no obvious cause

In the screenshot, you can see the Windows taskbar rising even though a) it is set to automatically hide and b) there are no orange icons clamouring for my attention. How do I insult it and make it go away?

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02 Jun 2010   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install


You can set it to hide by right clicking on it and then properties>taksbar>auto hide. It will be hidden until you put the cursor in the spot and then you can see it.

Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off

Even a video, bring pop corn

If you already followed the above steps and still have the problem, this may work. But make a system restore first
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02 Jun 2010   #3

Mc Donald OS Version Beta

He already did that...
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02 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64

From what I can find, the only thing that causes it to pop up is the mouse going to that area. The help files do not mention alerts or other situations that may cause it to pop up.

Since I do not see your mouse cursor, is there a possibility you have the mouse cursor set to go to a specific area in certain situations? Is there something on your taskbar that requires a mouse click to verify?

You might unhide the taskbar and watch what happens during normal use.

How do you set the vertical height of the window? Might you be setting it too large for the screen? I like to get the double arrow at the top or bottom of the window then double click. That gives me full height vertically only.
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03 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

As Saltgrass said, your cursor?

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03 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

As I always run with a hidden talkbar - Since long before Win7, I have seen this problem and it was often down to a badly behaved application, (often in the system tray).

Ensure that all your apps are patched to the latest version and fully compatible to the OS. I believe that the only way to tie this down is by experimentation - removing items one by one and seeing any changes as they are re-installed. Another help would be to unhide all the system tray items to ensure that any acivity here is fully visible

Also, if possible, switch off any icon animation for system tray items (eg spinning icons when an AV is scanning
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25 Dec 2010   #7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thx1139 View Post
In the screenshot, you can see the Windows taskbar rising even though a) it is set to automatically hide and b) there are no orange icons clamouring for my attention. How do I insult it and make it go away?
I have exactly the same problem , when I receive a msg on google talk the icon will flash just for a couple of seconds, but then my taskbar will end up like yours, or if I download a file with firefox, etc, so I have to click every icon I have opened one by one (what a hassle) and then it will hide again when I GUESS the icon that is claiming my attention it makes me waste a lot of time.

It should keep blinking indefinitely to get my attention until I click on it.
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