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Taskbar issue

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Anthony Giorgianni, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Anthony Giorgianni

    Anthony Giorgianni Flightless Bird

    Hello All

    I'm hoping someone can help me with this long-standing problem with both XP
    and Vista on separate laptops and every computer I've had (except I think
    Win98). I'm thinking there may be no solution, but what it's worth a try.

    With both of my machines, I have the taskbar (as well as other toolbars) set
    out to maximum size - typically half the screen - and to auto hide. (This
    makes a great program and file launcher)

    The issue is that the operating system decides it wants open the taskbar on
    its own from time to time on its own. Various things prompt this, maybe even
    for things happening background - checking mail perhaps, printing? It seems
    as though Windows decides on its own that the taskbar need to be in focus
    and automatically raises it - maybe momentary or maybe as long as 10 seconds
    as so, depending on what's going on. (Maybe it has to do with the system
    tray items? I'm pretty sure it's a built-in and not a problem with the
    machines) Since the taskbar is on top, I frequently have to drag it down to
    the smallest size so I can continue to work on the stuff behind it and then,
    after Windows decides it's okay to auto hide it again, drag it back up to
    full size. This is really tiresome and annoying.

    Does anyone have a solution or work-around? It there a way to prevent the
    taskbar from popping up at all except for when I move the cursor to the
    bottom of the page? I know I can uncheck the option not to have it appear on
    top of other windows. But then I'll need to hide the other windows to access
    the taskbar.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    Regards,
    Anthony Giorgianni

    For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group
     
  2. Andrew Murray

    Andrew Murray Flightless Bird

    "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in message
    news:eMnVLGC0KHA.3884@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Hello All
    >
    > I'm hoping someone can help me with this long-standing problem with both
    > XP
    > and Vista on separate laptops and every computer I've had (except I think
    > Win98). I'm thinking there may be no solution, but what it's worth a try.
    >
    > With both of my machines, I have the taskbar (as well as other toolbars)
    > set
    > out to maximum size - typically half the screen - and to auto hide. (This
    > makes a great program and file launcher)
    >
    > The issue is that the operating system decides it wants open the taskbar
    > on
    > its own from time to time on its own. Various things prompt this, maybe
    > even
    > for things happening background - checking mail perhaps, printing? It
    > seems
    > as though Windows decides on its own that the taskbar need to be in focus
    > and automatically raises it - maybe momentary or maybe as long as 10
    > seconds
    > as so, depending on what's going on. (Maybe it has to do with the system
    > tray items? I'm pretty sure it's a built-in and not a problem with the
    > machines) Since the taskbar is on top, I frequently have to drag it down
    > to
    > the smallest size so I can continue to work on the stuff behind it and
    > then,
    > after Windows decides it's okay to auto hide it again, drag it back up to
    > full size. This is really tiresome and annoying.
    >
    > Does anyone have a solution or work-around? It there a way to prevent the
    > taskbar from popping up at all except for when I move the cursor to the
    > bottom of the page? I know I can uncheck the option not to have it appear
    > on
    > top of other windows. But then I'll need to hide the other windows to
    > access
    > the taskbar.
    >
    > Thanks for any thoughts.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Anthony Giorgianni
    >
    > For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group




    There's another option to keep all application windows on top of the task
    bar. Right click the task bar, go to Properties, click the task bar tab,
    and un-check the option "keep taskbar on top of other windows".

    Maybe that's more what you want; but it may still come back to 'focus' if
    there's an event that triggers it, like new mail notification or any other
    sys tray icon/event, but at least you can keep it "out of the way" if that's
    what you're wanting.

    To activate the task bar/start menu, just hit the 'Win' key on your
    keyboard, that will activate it, and then just click an empty area of the
    taskbar to make it remain in focus, and then when finished, click on the
    application window you were working on.
     

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