I need the Taskbar Always on Top on Windows 7

Hello!

i'm looking for any way to keep the Taskbar always on top on Windows 7, because there are any programs (no-fullscreen) over the taskbar like:

Google Chrome: sometimes when is maximized
Mozila Firefox: sometimes when is maximized
Yahoo Widgets: when a widget is on top
winamp: sometimes when is Always on top
Autodesk Maya: sometimes when is maximized
Ares: sometimes when is maximized
ACDSee: sometimes when is maximized
Tencent QQ International: sometimes when a chat windows is maximized
(microsoft programs runs perfectly)

and others

I think the Windows Taskbar should be ALWAYS on top, but this option doesn't appear on Windows 7

when this happen I must press the [Windows] key to see it.

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Hi,

·         Do you want the taskbar to appear on top of your desktop window?

·         Does the taskbar auto hides when you try to open any applications on windows?

Step 1:

I would suggest you to follow the steps from the section “To turn off auto-hide” from the article and check if it helps.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Show-or-hide-the-taskbar

Step 2:

If you want the taskbar to appear on top of your desktop, just right click on taskbar and uncheck “Lock the Taskbar” and click on the taskbar and drag it to top.

John Rubdy
Forum Moderator | Microsoft Community

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thank you.

I like hide the taskbar to create more space, this appear when I move the mouse to the bottom.

i tried unlocking the taskbar as you said, but this don't work, continues going back when a widget is on top, then i can't access it.

i remember on previous Windows, an option to get it on top.

On Windows 98:

On Windows XP:

On Windows Vista:

But, on Windows 7 this option doesn't exist:

then is impossible get the taskbar when something is on top.

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Hi,

 

here is another thread that discusses it, http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-gaming/windows-7-taskbar-always-on-top/219e43ad-303c-4cd5-a30b-8780d608c45f there may be a workaround for you that could work.

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Thank you john, but that thread is about how to have Taskbar NOT always on top, I'm looking for a way to have taskbar ALWAYS on top.

i noticed the same problem with winamp, Autodesk Maya and Ares (microsoft programs runs perfectly). I tried on other computers, the problem is on Windows 7 x64 only.

I think is a bug!!! does anyone have any idea? thank you!

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Not an answer, but maybe some further insight...

I also prefer to have the task bar always on top, even in full-screen mode. I have the auto-hide box unchecked, and that works as expected - most of the time. When this is not working, the common denominator seems to be full-screen mode for applications run in XP mode (even MS programs).

Further distinctions... If I open Windows Virtual PC, then run a full-screen app from there, it shows me the XP task bar (which has the old familiar 'always on top' option), but I cannot see the Windows 7 task bar despite having auto-hide unchecked. However, if I open the XP full-screen app from Windows 7, and allow Windows 7 to start Virtual PC, I get no task bar at all - not the XP one or the Windows 7 one, despite my settings in both OS.

Does this provide anyone insight on the current issue? I'm not familiar enough with this area to offer further help, but I am observant ;) Also, would appreciate any help in getting the Windows 7 taskbar to be visible while running any app in full-screen mode regardless of the virtual OS.

Thanks!

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Yeah I never noticed a problem with my taskbar on auto hide until recently, now some apps cover it up and some don't, now I don't know if this other "glitch" is new or I just never noticed it before, but if I put my mouse by the notification icons, trying to unhide the taskbar, I actually have to click to bring it up, but if I hover mouse over the middle of the tastbar, it pops up just fine. I believe the solution the OP was looking for is located here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/54842-taskbar-always-top-disable-enable.html However he says it will disabled your "ShowDesktop" icon and there are a few other minor drawbacks that may or may not make this "Solution" worth while. Stupid Microsoft, always removing options we've had forever and calling it "Ease of use" or a "Functionality upgrade" or some other such nonsense. Not being able to see the size of folders in an explorer column is my other biggest pet peeve with MS, and even when someone figured out a fix for it, microsoft immediately disabled it with a hotfix. It really is totally ridiculous and I can only imagine the software designers are a bunch of small minded, "I can't be bothered by the lowly USERS",  I'm insanely surprised we can even use custom themes, but I'm sure they will disable that feature soon enough as well. Note to Microsoft: It's easy to just throw your hands up and say "Instead of fixing it, we will just remove the option to allow it in the first place." It's also easy to remove a feature and claim it makes things easier. What actually takes talent is FIXING problems instead of just removing the whole thing. Always wait for microsoft to release ONE operating system, do not buy it, wait for them to release the NEXT one, which will be just a $120 patch for the 1st one, kind of like how Windows 7 is nothing more but a fixed up, patched version of Vista. What a disgrace you have become and always have been Microsoft. The Linux way of doing things is MUCH better, YOU NEED TO START LISTENING TO YOUR POWER USERS, AND NOT JUST MORONS WHO ARE TOO LAZY TO LEARN HOW TO USE THEIR COMPUTERS!

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Thank you for try help me!

I still fighting with windows 7 everyday, pressing the windows key to get the toolbar when any program cover it up.

The most people doesn use this feature, but I like hide the taskbar to get more space, and turn it visible when I move the mouse to the bottom.

I tried in more computers this year and i get the same problem in each one, i hope microsoft fix it, i don't want stop using my favourite programs like google chrome or winamp.

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Thank you for your help!

I see you understand my problem :)

I think windows taskbar must be over any other application like previous windows versions, even when the application is always on top, the taskbar MUST be over that.

sadly microsoft didn't solve this issue and i didn't find any solution.

2 years trying for nothing...

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I have the same problem with google chrome in Win7 x64, it sometimes decides it wont show the taskbar when in full screen mode and makes the taskbar pop up behind chrome if it is smaller than full screen and overlapping the taskbar. other times, once I have minimised chrome and clicked on the taskbar the taskbar then behaves normally and pops up over chrome.

It is very frustrating when I want to clear the desktop, use aeropeek, or activate a taskbar prog shortcut. It feels like a bug.

I think taking the always on top checkbox out of Win 7 has made this impossible for users to fix, so only Microsoft can fix this.

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Yep, I'm with you but this phenomenon is a recent development for me though.

I think one of the "updates" screwed up the "Taskbar Always on Top" option/functionality lately.

It seemed to be working fine a couple months ago but recently it is always down, unless I hit the Microsoft key, or whatever it is.

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