Getting taskbar to STAY HIDDEN


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Windows 7 home "premium" 64 bit. I have the taskbar set to "Auto Hide"
and "Locked", yet the infuriating thing is CONSTANTLY popping up,
apparently to "tell me something". And that THING is almost never
obvious, let alone important. So I end up closing apps one after
another, until the bloody taskbar HIDES again. For some reason, Chrome
seems especially inclined to make the bar pop up, though again, it's
NEVER for some actual REASON (it will be just "sitting there" on Google,
the home page). I ONLY want the bar to appear if I hover over it, or
hit the window key. And NEVER at any other time. Is this doable?

TIA

Dan
 
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Big Steel

Windows 7 home "premium" 64 bit. I have the taskbar set to "Auto Hide"
and "Locked", yet the infuriating thing is CONSTANTLY popping up,
apparently to "tell me something". And that THING is almost never
obvious, let alone important. So I end up closing apps one after
another, until the bloody taskbar HIDES again. For some reason, Chrome
seems especially inclined to make the bar pop up, though again, it's
NEVER for some actual REASON (it will be just "sitting there" on Google,
the home page). I ONLY want the bar to appear if I hover over it, or hit
the window key. And NEVER at any other time. Is this doable?
If you lock it, then it's going to stay shown. The only thing you want
to do is 'hide' only. The taskbar will show when you drag the mouse
pointer to it.
 
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If you lock it, then it's going to stay shown. The only thing you want
to do is 'hide' only. The taskbar will show when you drag the mouse
pointer to it.
Thanks for the reply. The lock feature only keeps the taskbar from
being resized or moved to another part of the window, it doesn't effect
hiding. The bar does hide, it just keeps popping up periodically in
response to some indiscernible activity in an app.\

Dan
 
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Big Steel

Thanks for the reply. The lock feature only keeps the taskbar from being
resized or moved to another part of the window, it doesn't effect
hiding. The bar does hide, it just keeps popping up periodically in
response to some indiscernible activity in an app.\

It is what it is and you can't stop it.
 
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Gordon

OTOH, essential things will NEVER be doable. When will we be
able to print a directory's (sorry, "folder's", for you
young'uns) contents without using a 3rd party app?

Never.
Of COURSE you can do that. At a command prompt navigate to the folder
and type "dir>folder.txt" (without the quotes). That produces a text
file containing the folder's contents which you then print.
 
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Gordon

You may be right. If so, what it is, is badly designed.
Never been the case in ANY version of Windows that you can hide the
taskbar permanently.
 
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Rob

Windows 7 home "premium" 64 bit. I have the taskbar set to "Auto Hide"
and "Locked", yet the infuriating thing is CONSTANTLY popping up,
apparently to "tell me something". And that THING is almost never
obvious, let alone important. So I end up closing apps one after
another, until the bloody taskbar HIDES again. For some reason, Chrome
seems especially inclined to make the bar pop up, though again, it's
NEVER for some actual REASON (it will be just "sitting there" on Google,
the home page). I ONLY want the bar to appear if I hover over it, or hit
the window key. And NEVER at any other time. Is this doable?

TIA

Dan
I have the opposite problem and want to see all icons on the
status bar as I find them very useful. It's annoying that
'hide inactive icons' somehow keeps re-ticking itself every
now and again.
 
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SC Tom

Gordon said:
Never been the case in ANY version of Windows that you can hide the
taskbar permanently.
Sure you can. Assuming the task bar is at the default position at the bottom
of the screen, move your cursor to the top edge of it until it changes to a
double headed arrow, left-click and drag it down. It will not show again
until you drag it back up :)
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

SC said:
Sure you can. Assuming the task bar is at the default position at the
bottom of the screen, move your cursor to the top edge of it until it
changes to a double headed arrow, left-click and drag it down. It will
not show again until you drag it back up :)
Not so in my Windows 7. Have you ever done it?
 
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Bruce Hagen

D said:
Windows 7 home "premium" 64 bit. I have the taskbar set to "Auto Hide"
and "Locked", yet the infuriating thing is CONSTANTLY popping up,
apparently to "tell me something". And that THING is almost never
obvious, let alone important. So I end up closing apps one after
another, until the bloody taskbar HIDES again. For some reason, Chrome
seems especially inclined to make the bar pop up, though again, it's
NEVER for some actual REASON (it will be just "sitting there" on Google,
the home page). I ONLY want the bar to appear if I hover over it, or
hit the window key. And NEVER at any other time. Is this doable?

TIA

Dan

See this article.
http://superuser.com/questions/219605/how-to-completely-disable-the-windows-7-taskbar
 
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thanatoid

Of COURSE you can do that. At a command prompt navigate to
the folder and type "dir>folder.txt" (without the quotes).
That produces a text file containing the folder's contents
which you then print.
1. Read the WHOLE post before replying.
2. Pay attention to what you read.

Allow me to quote:
"OTOH, essential things will NEVER be doable. When will we be
able to print a directory's (sorry, "folder's", for you
young'uns) contents without using a 3rd party app?'

AND

"And please note I said WITHOUT using a 3rd party
app or going into DOS or whatever Win7 offers for command-line
use - if anything... so don't try to convince me it can be done,
because it can NOT - not INSIDE WINDOWS *without* a 3rd party
utility."

*No command prompt.* The command prompt is fake DOS / DOS left-
over / whatever you want to call it. It is not *Windows*. Just
like you can run another OS in a virtual box within Windows but
even you will not claim that whatever THAT OS does is done in
Windows.

Thank you and have a nice day.
 
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thanatoid

Never been the case in ANY version of Windows that you can
hide the taskbar permanently.
I don't recall Win 3.x /having/ a taskbar. But I could be wrong.
 
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thanatoid

I have the opposite problem and want to see all icons on
the status bar as I find them very useful. It's annoying
that 'hide inactive icons' somehow keeps re-ticking itself
every now and again.
I had some infuriating problems with the idiotic XP taskbar and
the "TaskBar Repair Tool Plus!" fixed them.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

It probably won't work on Win7 (I'm surprised MS did not create
a new kbd layout for each Windows version) but it may be worth a
try. Or a search for something similar for 7.
 
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Big Steel

I don't recall Win 3.x /having/ a taskbar. But I could be wrong.
What are you doing here? Did you finally kick Win 3x and Win 9x to the
curb? :)
 
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Ed Cryer

1. Read the WHOLE post before replying.
2. Pay attention to what you read.

Allow me to quote:
"OTOH, essential things will NEVER be doable. When will we be
able to print a directory's (sorry, "folder's", for you
young'uns) contents without using a 3rd party app?'

AND

"And please note I said WITHOUT using a 3rd party
app or going into DOS or whatever Win7 offers for command-line
use - if anything... so don't try to convince me it can be done,
because it can NOT - not INSIDE WINDOWS *without* a 3rd party
utility."

*No command prompt.* The command prompt is fake DOS / DOS left-
over / whatever you want to call it. It is not *Windows*. Just
like you can run another OS in a virtual box within Windows but
even you will not claim that whatever THAT OS does is done in
Windows.

Thank you and have a nice day.
Splitting hairs, Mr Philosopher; perhaps reducing it all to a definition
of "3rd party".

Well, the command prompt comes with all installations of Win7. It comes
with the Snipping Tool, the Calcualor and the Math Input Panel. It is
integrated with all Win7 installations.
Who ensures that?
MS does. They ship it like that.

Is that 3rd party?
Ich denke dass nicht. (My words; not Wittgenstein's)

Ed
 
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thanatoid

Splitting hairs, Mr Philosopher; perhaps reducing it all to
a definition of "3rd party".
Not splitting hairs, just not wanting to have to say "not a 3rd
party utility, not a command prompt, or any other workaround"
every single time I mention this. And I will keep mentioning it,
because it is one of many simple proofs that MS are only
interested in releasing new versions of the same garbage every
year - or as close to that schedule as MSly possible.
Well, the command prompt comes with all installations of
Win7. It comes with the Snipping Tool, the Calcualor and
the Math Input Panel. It is integrated with all Win7
installations. Who ensures that?
MS does. They ship it like that.
They truly are kindness personified.
Is that 3rd party?
As stated above, if it requires the use of command prompt (which
about 95% of Windows users have no idea exists), it is not
/strictly/ Windows.
Ich denke dass nicht. (My words; not Wittgenstein's)
No, he /did/ think. A lot.
 
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SC Tom

Dave "Crash" Dummy said:
Not so in my Windows 7. Have you ever done it?
Not in Win7 (and I didn't mention it), but Gordon posted "ANY version of
Windows" and that's not true. Works great on any version I've used up
through XP (I don't recall whether Vista did it or not). I used to get calls
all the time from the engineers because they would accidentally drag it down
and couldn't figure out how to get it back up when we were on Win95. Most of
them only had to be shown once or twice, but a few of the sparkies were
special, IYKWIM ;-)
 
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thanatoid

What are you doing here? Did you finally kick Win 3x and
Win 9x to the curb? :)
a) I liked 3.11 and hated Win95 when it came out. After a while,
I had to admit it was an improvement, but the reason I use
98SE*Lite* is because most of the further "improvements" that
started with 98 have just been an unnecessary and annoying PITA,
especially everything having to do with the basic GUI.

b) No, still doing this in Win98SELite, running the 4.00.950
1995 version of explorer.exe. There is SO little happening in
the couple of other groups I hang out in I thought I'd annoy
some more people here.

The best argument (among many to choose from) that can be made
against my presence here is that I have only seen Win7 in the
stores, and read some of the posts here, which I find simply
hair-raising after hearing everybody babble about how wonderful
Win7 is.
 

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