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Windows taskbar set to auto-hide but the task bar seems stuck.

March 8th, 2013

I have my taskbar set to auto-hide. I like it that way. It can be several rows or columns large, but still be very discreet and not take up space on my display.

However, the taskbar sometimes seems stuck and won't hide. There's a number of very good reasons why it would do that, but there's only a few good and quick ways to get rid the problem.

The quickest solution I found is the following.

Hit ctrl-shift-esc to bring up the task manager.
In the "Processes" tab, find the process named "explorer.exe". Click it, and then click the "End Process" button. In the resulting dialog box, choose "End Process". Now, in the Task Manager menu, choose File and then Run and enter "explorer.exe" and hit the enter key.

Your taskbar is back up and running with no problems.

Yes, the process above is also killing your internet explorer if you have them running in the same process, which is why you should either not use Internet Explorer or simply run the internet browser in a different process: windows-E, View, check "Launch folder windows in a separate process".

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