Hide Taskbar

Hide Taskbar
Submitted October 27, 2009 by koushh
22 comments, 23220 downloads
13 votes
How many times you have thought for an application that will hide the ugly looking XP taskbar and your rocketdock dock will be the only thing that will rule your desktop in style.

The wait is over guys...!!!

Here is a small app that will hide your taskbar. This is NOT a trick like automatically hide taskbar or something so that the taskbar will return on mouse hover. It is a permanent method.

If you want to have your taskber back.. you need to run Show Taskbar utility and it will restore your taskbar as it was.

Please add this app in your system startup so that it will be eecuted automatically as soon as the system starts. It just hides your taskbar for the session and exits the app, so doesn't waste any memory as well.

Hope you guys will enjoy this app.

Please don't forget to rate it or comment it....

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I am a .NET application developer who loves to write small utilities.

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strawberryshortcake's Avatarstrawberryshortcake (December 21, 2015):

DR;TL (Didn't Real; Too Long): Works to a certain extent. But not the fullest extent like how I want. Unfortunately, with this program by koushh, the toolbar does reappear far too frequently when the user hits certain keys on his/her keyboard.


If you want something that works infinitely better, the following by magician13134 is much, much more effective along with jyKelly's "ShyBar" and dare I say an even more "permanent" solution. More importantly, there is a way to bring the taskbar back when YOU say you want it back, not by pressing a couple keys, but actually bringing up the program's "window" to specifically tell the program to show the taskbar again.

Hide task bar and start button (Taskbar MAGIC) - GREAT! MUCH BETTER!


Initially, I thought koushh's hidetaskbar was wonderful, however, after a few minutes with this particular hidetaskbar program, it is no longer up to snuff unfortunately at least for my purposes. I simply wanted a program to always hide the taskbar regardless of what keystrokes I pressed. Whenever I bring up the task manager (control + alt + del), the taskbar would reappear when I hovered my mouse over the taskbar. That is not what I was looking for. I wanted something a little bit more permanent.

On the flip side, with Magician13134, even if you bring up the task manager (ctrl +alt+del), the taskbar will stay hidden and that is KEY. jyKelly's ShyBar is also absolutely magnificient (windows + spacebar = permanently hide taskbar; windows + spacebar again = brings out taskbar.)

Back story: How I came to find out about hide-taskbar simple programs was through the following thread. Two individuals (Generator and Prisoner) wrote essentially the same program. I downloaded both of theirs, and they both work the same but wasn't up to snuff. I'm guessing user Prisoner is Koushh.


h0pp3r's Avatarh0pp3r (December 25, 2014):

I just want to say thanx for this proggy....

Im using Windows 8.1 64 bit ... I am impressed when anything works on my pc ESPECIALLY the taskbar in any ver. windows 8's. Got to see what else ya have on here now.... lol, Got anything you don't have posted upon here?

mainemoose77's Avatarmainemoose77 (December 6, 2013):

I developed a game computer for a children's hospital. I hide the taskbar with this small program by putting it in the "start" folder of the children's logon. I disabled right-click, and removed the recycle bin with registry edits. I turned on higher folder security and removed the children's permission to the desktop icons (they cannot delete or modify them). I put a shutdown button on the desktop by adding a shortcut with "shutdown -s -t 00" for a command line and used an appropriate icon. I used a program called “Alcohol 120” to load images of the CDs into virtual drives. The result was a blue screen with a picture of the hospital with more than a hundred games available. The system is quite hardened against most children (and many professionals). Thank you for your program which worked perfectly when added to the “Start” folder of the user.

jamescopq's Avatarjamescopq (August 30, 2013):

ohhhh thank youuuu

pigmuff's Avatarpigmuff (June 21, 2013):

Works in Windows 7 64

skreamer's Avatarskreamer (September 29, 2012):

It works.......thank you!

wjyfg's Avatarwjyfg (July 3, 2012):

i'm gettin an application failed to initialize properly, after draggin the exe to the dock and clicking it.
it this not the way to do it?

flamex's Avatarflamex (March 6, 2012):

Thanx a lot

celestale's Avatarcelestale (July 31, 2011):

Hi, I tested this app in windows7. It hides the taskbar but not the "CIRCLE WINDOW ICON" (start button). Is that something wrong?

jitmett's Avatarjitmett (May 20, 2011):

It'work! Thanks a lot.

terrencemy's Avatarterrencemy (November 10, 2010):

Hi.. I have manage to hide the taskbar but I have no idea how to unhide it. Greatly appreciate if someone other there can help me.


terran54's Avatarterran54 (June 8, 2010):

cool. nice job. thanks man.

Dallas's AvatarDallas (December 11, 2009):


Actually, there is a problem doing it that way. You have to switch taskbar autohide on and off because if you don't, the space the taskbar takes remains when you kill it. If the space stays there unused, you might as well leave the taskbar there.

Dallas's AvatarDallas (December 4, 2009):


Thanks. Yes that works well. I should redo some instructions to do it like that.

The only nice thing about switching autohide on and off as I did in my method is that when I hide the taskbar, the Start orb glides away gracefully, and because it takes your eye, it makes it look as if the whole taskbar glides smoothly away. Using StartKiller as you suggested results in a sudden disappearance.

But it would certainly be much simpler to implement.

Exone's AvatarExone (December 3, 2009):

Get "StartKiller" then, it removes the startorb ;D
and use "ExMenu" ( my app on this site) to access startmenu :P

Nice docklet!