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Taskbar Shows on Start Screen After Windows Updates

  1. #21


    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1.1


    The rule seems to be that changing between the Desktop and Start Screen using the Start Button, keeps the Taskbar showing on the Start Screen and any Apps that are opened.

    To hide the Taskbar on the Start Screen and any open Apps, use the keyboard's Windows Key to switch between the Desktop and Start Screen.

    Not too bad once used to doing that but this seems more like a bug than a feature.

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  2. #22


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's how it's suppose to work with auto-hide turned on and off.

    Since the August 12th 2014 Windows Updates in Windows 8.1, the taskbar will always show on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens if you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide and you open the Start screen by pressing the Start button on the taskbar while on your desktop. If you multiple screens, then you can click on another screen to hide the taskbar.

    If you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide or you open the Start screen by pressing the Windows key, you will not see the taskbar on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens unless you open the taskbar.

    How to Open the Taskbar in Windows 8.1
    I'm a little confused here because, yes, when you click the start button, the taskbar does show up on the start screen, however as soon as I move the mouse away from the taskbar it auto hides... even though I have auto hide disabled

    Anyway I think there are two different things going on here and thus causing some confusion...

    1 - when you click the start button you are taken to the "Start" screen, there the taskbar is shown and than auto hides when you mouse off of it.

    2 - Now, when you click the circular down arrow on the Start screen, you are than taken to the "Apps" screen, where you can scroll from left to right, and... you will get the taskbar if you mouse way down to the bottom of the screen, but moving away from the bottom here will return to the scroll bar.

    3 - I'm also sure that if your Start screen is full of apps requiring a scroll bar, there will be one there, if not, no scroll bar necessary.

    At least that's the way I see it.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's how it's suppose to work with auto-hide turned on and off.

    Since the August 12th 2014 Windows Updates in Windows 8.1, the taskbar will always show on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens if you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide and you open the Start screen by pressing the Start button on the taskbar while on your desktop. If you multiple screens, then you can click on another screen to hide the taskbar.

    If you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide or you open the Start screen by pressing the Windows key, you will not see the taskbar on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens unless you open the taskbar.

    How to Open the Taskbar in Windows 8.1
    On my desktop PC, with all the updates applied, checking or unchecking the auto hide the taskbar has no effect on how it operates in Metro Apps and the Start Screen. The only thing it does is auto hide it when I'm on my Desktop screen. I have my taskbar set to show on all three monitors, and auto hide is unchecked. If I open Metro App on a screen the taskbar hides on that screen. It will pop up again if I mouse down to the bottom of that screen. If I launch the Start Screen from the taskbar it will stay visible until I mouse away from the Start Button. Moussing back down brings it up again. Same thing with All Apps, it only shows if I mouse down to the bottom of the screen. If I use the Windows Logo Key to launch the Start Screen it opens with the taskbar hidden. I have to mouse down to get it to pop up. 8.1 Pro update 64 bit with Media Center and Nvidia graphics, if that matters. No third party "start menu" program installed.

    EDIT: I just fired up my laptop which has all the same updates applied and its working as I posted above. Just the one monitor though and AMD graphics. I have show Metro Apps on the taskbar checked on both PC's.
    Yeah, I've noticed it doesn't do this with multiple displays.

    On my laptop with just one display, the taskbar always shows as I posted above. Odd.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mart44 View Post
    The rule seems to be that changing between the Desktop and Start Screen using the Start Button, keeps the Taskbar showing on the Start Screen and any Apps that are opened.

    To hide the Taskbar on the Start Screen and any open Apps, use the keyboard's Windows Key to switch between the Desktop and Start Screen.

    Not too bad once used to doing that but this seems more like a bug than a feature.
    Mine works the same way.

    I guess the biggest problem (like the op) is that if the taskbar is on the bottom it covers the scroll bar on the apps screen. This also would make it a bug. The main screen height or width needed to be adjusted to allow for the taskbar.
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  5. #25


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's how it's suppose to work with auto-hide turned on and off.

    Since the August 12th 2014 Windows Updates in Windows 8.1, the taskbar will always show on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens if you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide and you open the Start screen by pressing the Start button on the taskbar while on your desktop. If you multiple screens, then you can click on another screen to hide the taskbar.

    If you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide or you open the Start screen by pressing the Windows key, you will not see the taskbar on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens unless you open the taskbar.

    How to Open the Taskbar in Windows 8.1
    I'm a little confused here because, yes, when you click the start button, the taskbar does show up on the start screen, however as soon as I move the mouse away from the taskbar it auto hides... even though I have auto hide disabled

    Anyway I think there are two different things going on here and thus causing some confusion...

    1 - when you click the start button you are taken to the "Start" screen, there the taskbar is shown and than auto hides when you mouse off of it.

    2 - Now, when you click the circular down arrow on the Start screen, you are than taken to the "Apps" screen, where you can scroll from left to right, and... you will get the taskbar if you mouse way down to the bottom of the screen, but moving away from the bottom here will return to the scroll bar.

    3 - I'm also sure that if your Start screen is full of apps requiring a scroll bar, there will be one there, if not, no scroll bar necessary.

    At least that's the way I see it.
    That's the way it works for me too, as soon as I mouse away from the Start Button the taskbar auto hides. As near as I can tell the "auto hide the taskbar" option only affects the Desktop Taskbar. It has no effect on how the taskbar behaves on Metro Screens/Windows.
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  6. #26


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's how it's suppose to work with auto-hide turned on and off.

    Since the August 12th 2014 Windows Updates in Windows 8.1, the taskbar will always show on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens if you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide and you open the Start screen by pressing the Start button on the taskbar while on your desktop. If you multiple screens, then you can click on another screen to hide the taskbar.

    If you do not have the taskbar set to auto-hide or you open the Start screen by pressing the Windows key, you will not see the taskbar on the Start, apps, and PC settings screens unless you open the taskbar.

    How to Open the Taskbar in Windows 8.1
    On my desktop PC, with all the updates applied, checking or unchecking the auto hide the taskbar has no effect on how it operates in Metro Apps and the Start Screen. The only thing it does is auto hide it when I'm on my Desktop screen. I have my taskbar set to show on all three monitors, and auto hide is unchecked. If I open Metro App on a screen the taskbar hides on that screen. It will pop up again if I mouse down to the bottom of that screen. If I launch the Start Screen from the taskbar it will stay visible until I mouse away from the Start Button. Moussing back down brings it up again. Same thing with All Apps, it only shows if I mouse down to the bottom of the screen. If I use the Windows Logo Key to launch the Start Screen it opens with the taskbar hidden. I have to mouse down to get it to pop up. 8.1 Pro update 64 bit with Media Center and Nvidia graphics, if that matters. No third party "start menu" program installed.

    EDIT: I just fired up my laptop which has all the same updates applied and its working as I posted above. Just the one monitor though and AMD graphics. I have show Metro Apps on the taskbar checked on both PC's.
    Yeah, I've noticed it doesn't do this with multiple displays.

    On my laptop with just one display, the taskbar always shows as I posted above. Odd.
    It works the same on my laptop as it does on my desktop. I can't reproduce this glitch even if I switch to a single display on my desktop. The taskbar auto hides on any Metro Screen I open, just like it did before I did my Windows updates.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1.1


    From what I read elsewhere on the Internet (search for: windows 8.1 taskbar bug august update), some experience the Taskbar peculiarities and some don't. That's what makes me think the behaviour is unintended (a bug). I wonder what the difference is between the Windows 8.1 computers that do this and those that don't?
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  8. #28


    Posts : 77
    Win 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
    I've restored the original image and installed all updates.

    Odd, it doesn't seem to be doing it now.

    I double checked and checked for updates and there were none, except an optional one.
    Is the optional update a Windows update?
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  9. #29


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by mart44 View Post
    From what I read elsewhere on the Internet (search for: windows 8.1 taskbar bug august update), some experience the Taskbar peculiarities and some don't. That's what makes me think the behaviour is unintended (a bug). I wonder what the difference is between the Windows 8.1 computers that do this and those that don't?
    It appears that it is affecting PCs with only a single display screen.

    I don't have the issue on my desktop with 3 screens.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ronster View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
    I've restored the original image and installed all updates.

    Odd, it doesn't seem to be doing it now.

    I double checked and checked for updates and there were none, except an optional one.
    Is the optional update a Windows update?
    Yes, it's from one of the August 12th 2014 updates, but don't know which update caused it.
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