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Windows 7: Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off

Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off

How to Turn Auto-hide Taskbar On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
16 Jan 2009
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How to Turn Auto-hide Taskbar On or Off in Windows 7

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to turn auto-hide on or off to either hide or show the taskbar from view on your desktop until you hover the pointer over it in Windows 7.

You could hide the taskbar to create more space on your desktop.

Note   Note
When auto-hide is turned on to hide the taskbar, it will remain hidden until you move the mouse pointer over the hidden taskbar location to have it temporarily pop-up until you move the mouse point away from the taskbar location. It will then be hidden again.

Tip   Tip
Microsoft has made available a hotfix that will resolve a problem where the taskbar customizations are lost and reset to defaults when automatic logon is enabled in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

More details are available at: FIX: The Taskbar is reset to the default settings when you use the "Automatically Log On" feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.

EXAMPLE: Taskbar with Auto-hide Turned On and Off
NOTE: The right screenshow it with auto-hide turned off by default.
Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off-auto_hide_on.jpg

Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off-auto_hide_off.jpg

Here's How:

1. Right click or press and hold on an empty space on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties.

2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you want to do.

3. To Turn On Auto-hide Taskbar
A) Check the Auto-hide the taskbar box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots step)
4. To Turn Off Auto-hide Taskbar
A) Uncheck the Auto-hide the taskbar box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)
Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off-properties.jpg

That's it,

09 Nov 2009   #1



I'm running win7 evaluation version.
The Taskbar Auto-hide works at higher resolutions,
but does not for 640 x 480, which i need.

Does Auto-hide work in either OEM or full retail
at 640 x 480 ? If not it is a deal breaker for me.

Edit by Rats: When logging in as Administrator pop up complains of a missing file.
So I now suspect a problem with the integrity of the .iso file. No way to check
if it downloaded error free as no Md5 checksum is provided by Microsoft.
I did verify the burned DVD against the downloaded install .iso.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7

How do I disabled the Auto Focus when the taskbar is in Auto-Hide?

For example Instant messenger always take focus and the Taskbar appears and doesnt stay autohidden...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello YippeYeah,

Could you post a screenshot of this?

I'm not having that issue with Windows Live Messenger. You might see if toggling Auto-Hide off and on again may help, or restarting the computer.

Hope this helps for now,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7

hello brink,

Im using trillian, but i will test windows live messenger and report back.
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01 Dec 2010   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

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24 Jan 2011   #6
Old Guy in NJ

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

I have the taskbar set to Auto-Hide, but after a while it "sticks" in the raised position and will not disappear. I have to reboot to get it to hide again.

Yes, I have tried quitting all running applications.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2011   #7

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Old Guy in NJ,

Does it happen often?

You might see if toggling Auto-Hide off and on may help to get it to work again and hopefully avoid having to restart instead.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64

Now I knew how to do this easily :P, but is there a registry hack to edit the time it takes to slide the taskbar up/down?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Mar 2011   #9

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Michael,

If there is, I have not found it yet.
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