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Windows XP: Enable/Disable the Auto-hide Taskbar

Posted by gouthro in Windows

You can configure Windows to hide the taskbar automatically so that you gain more screen space for your applications.


If you choose to “auto-hide” the taskbar, it will minimize itself out of sight until you bring your mouse to it. Use the following directions to turn this feature on or off:

    1. Go to the Start menu.

    2. Select Control Panel.

    3. Click Appearance and Themes.

    4. At the bottom, there will be a choice called Taskbar and Start Menu. Click on that.

    5. Under Taskbar, there will be an option entitled Auto-hide the Taskbar.

    a. To disable the Auto-hide, uncheck the corresponding box.
    b. To enable the feature, check the box.

    6. Click OK.

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  • embee

    i once permanently autohid my taskbar in the registry and now cant find my saved copy of the regedit file to reverse that former change. no, the check box doesn’t work

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  • Anonymous

    hi, i do exactly that but the taskbar still hides. it only do that with the internet exploreer window. my computer was not like that but i dropped it last night and its been doing it since then. hope u can help. thank you

  • anon

    ive done this but my laptop just defaults back to autohide when running on battery how many othertimes iv turned it off it just goes back on again

  • anon

    ive done this but my laptop just defaults back to autohide when running on battery how many othertimes iv turned it off it just goes back on again