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Hide task bar and start button

Hide task bar and start button
Submitted August 7, 2008 by magician13134
41 comments, 60417 downloads
26 votes
Hide taskbar AND start button (Vista too)
(version 2.4!)

Every program I've tried to hide these left the start button in Vista, so I wrote a small program myself to do it.

Instructions:
-Begin by auto-hiding your taskbar (right click, properties, auto hide), this frees up the maximum space on your desktop when the bar is hidden
-Run it, if you are running a dock program (like Rocket Dock), then allocate 45 pixels or so for it
-Click Ok
-To re-show the taskbar, or close the program, simply hit Ctrl+Alt+Esc to bring the options back
-You can also re-adjust the allocated dock space in that menu

Known bugs
-Some anti-virus programs have blacklisted everything written in Autoit, I've included the source, you can compile it yourself with a compiler from www.autoitscript.com
-Sometimes the taskbar likes to come back (like if you invoke the start menu), just wait <2.5 seconds, and my program will hide it again
-Can't hide the start menu... I mean... I guess I could try if there's enough demand...

Enjoy
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's AvatarCorona!01 (September 29, 2011):

It works just fine, but I have to bring up the GUI at startup to make it allocate the space in spite of the fact it remembers what I put in last time.

Is there any way to make space allocation automatically take effect at startup?

's AvatarCx2J (June 8, 2011):

It keeps giving me an anti-leech warning....

's AvatarCole (March 15, 2011):

I need help wich one is the actuall thing

's Avatarcartmon299 (January 12, 2011):

This is great but need some help :S i used it with my bar on the top and just clicked to run a few times before i noticed it but now i have a gap at the bottom of the screen that it wont let me cover :S:S:S

's AvatarC0desub (December 21, 2010):

Erm.. if i start it, the dialog won't show up.. help me?

's AvatarPRINCEofPECICA (December 20, 2010):

works great on windows 7 ultimate too!!!thanks so much man!I dont need the taskbar anymore XD I have an addon called tray popup in rocketdock and when I click it it shows me the tray icons.and I also have a start button which opens the start menu when I click it.and I have expose too so yeah rocketdock rocks!thanks again for this taskbar hidrer,it is the only one which works properly(hides the start button too)

's Avatarxgumbyx (August 30, 2010):

Hi there, I am trying Taskbar Magic in windows 7 and it works, except the settings don't seem to be read properly on a restart of the app. I set Taskbar Magic to run on startup with 0 pixels and no gui. The app does run at startup/user login and it does show the correct amount of pixels for the taskbar (0) but it also launches its GUI interface with all of the default settings shown (45 pixels, Run on startup unchecked and Begin running without GUI unchecked. My settings.ini which is located in the directory that I run Taskbar Magic from looks to be correct. Is there a way so that the app starts silently without the interface popping up every time?

's Avatardsydude (July 18, 2010):

I put my taskbar on the top of the screen then set it to allocate 0 and it works even better!

's Avatarrachelm920 (July 9, 2010):

The only one that works with the orb on my vista machine ty!

's Avatargetsome831 (July 5, 2010):

Works great! Even with my citrix windows which seem to cause trouble with ALL the other hiders i've tried. Nice work.

's Avatarxlextastic (June 14, 2010):

this does exactly what i wanted it to do. the only problem i have is that i downloaded it to my desktop and i cant move it to a folder. keeps saying access denied, yes im a noob at this.

's AvatarDemiurgxx (May 26, 2010):

yeah at last :D

's Avatartheantagonizer (January 15, 2010):

works very good. Thanks

's Avatarferrari484 (January 15, 2010):

This really works great, i am using xp and i use it just for the space you can create so you can maximise windows. But still having space for Rocketdock at the bottom.

great job, thx

's Avatardarkbloodrav2 (December 6, 2009):

Works awesome for me thanks all i have to do is run on start up and everything is fine thanks.

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