On windows XP and Vista there was a function on the taskbar which I loved a lot and disappeared on the next versions. It was the "hide task bar" NOT "auto-hide". The great advantage of it, was that the taskbar only appeared when I pressed the Windows key. With the auto-hide it is completely annoying that every time I'll go down to press on something on the software that I am using, the REALLY annoying Auto-hide pops-up, in front of the buttons that I want to press! Then I spent a battle of seconds waiting that taskbar disappears, then try again to press that button and again the taskbar appears! Sometimes this drives me crazy!
I moved the task to the sides and currently I have on the top, even so all this options have buttons that I need and not the ### taskbar!
Why Microsoft removed this simple and great option that they had before?