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Want to keep the taskbar hidden

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    Want to keep the taskbar hidden


    Hello, can anyone please tell me if and how I can keep the taskbar locked out of sight, i.e. so that it doesn't pop up when I'm at the bottom of the screen. (I'd like this to be reversible.) I use 8.1, with both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, if this is relevant.
    Thanks in advance.

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    I don't think it's possible, windows, at least desktop part, would be practically unusable.
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    Thanks for the swift reply, CountMike, much appreciated. I was beginning to wonder if it was feasible at all.
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    Windows 8 has the feature already built in. The thing is that you will always raise it, when you get within the taskbar zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del123 View Post
    Thanks for the swift reply, CountMike, much appreciated. I was beginning to wonder if it was feasible at all.
    There's just too much on taskbar to completely ignore it, I have it on autohide ever since W95. In W7 you could make it almost invisible using translucency, there are some utilities to do it similar on 8.1 because it does not have "Aero".
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Windows 8 has the feature already built in. The thing is that you will always raise it, when you get within the taskbar zone.
    That's auto hide, he already knows about it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    'Taskbar Activate':

    Enhance Windows Taskbar Auto-Hide Functionality Using Taskbar Activate - AskVG

    (Basically you would raise the activation time in milliseconds so high as to virtually disable the Taskbar)

    Read all information, use with caution and always create a Restore Point before trying out unfamiliar software!

    Edit: big drawback is: it leaves a blank space, your window doesn't go 'full screen'.
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    Thanks so much for these replies; as a newbie here I really do appreciate them. I'm now thinking I'll be better off moving the taskbar to the top or the side when I want to avoid it at the bottom, as happens with some programs I use.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Del123 View Post
    Thanks so much for these replies; as a newbie here I really do appreciate them. I'm now thinking I'll be better off moving the taskbar to the top or the side when I want to avoid it at the bottom, as happens with some programs I use.
    Oh yes! Welcome to EightForums!
    Enjoy your stay!
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Del123 View Post
    Thanks so much for these replies; as a newbie here I really do appreciate them. I'm now thinking I'll be better off moving the taskbar to the top or the side when I want to avoid it at the bottom, as happens with some programs I use.
    lol, I was thinking of suggesting to move it to the side but wasn't sure how that would go over. I thought it might come across as being a smart alike reply.
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