Group Policy Issue  -Taskbar Autohide

Posted on 2003-03-14
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Last Modified: 2014-03-20
Is it possible to use a Group Policy or Reg Entry to change the standard Windows Explorer feature to "auto-hide" the Windows taskbar? I do not want to visit each workstation, to login and select auto hide on the task bar. My users are locked down and need the full screen (no task bar, unless hovered) for a GUI emulator.


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Expert Comment

ID: 8141329
Unfortunately many of the TaskBar settings are self contained which is to say that it doesn't use the registry to house most things and the Auto Hide is one of those things that the Registry is not used.

The Crazy One

Expert Comment

ID: 8157988
Sorry Crazy but I think your wrong.
See for your self at this webpage:

This person has a vbs script that will do the trick.
If you can read the script language you can see clearly how these settings are written in the registry.
You can modify the value in W2K with regedit, when you double-click:
It's the first byte at the second line (0008).

The value is e.g. 02 if you have: Always on top, Show clock
The value is e.g. 03 if you have: Always on top, Show clock, Auto hide

The value has to be there before explorer starts.
So it's possible to do this in the logon script.

To see how it works you can do the following:
Open the task manager and go to Processes.
Select explorer.exe and click "End Process".
Click File| New task| regedit
Double-click Settings and change the first value on the second line (0008) to e.g. 03.
Now go back to the task manager and click File| New task| explorer.exe
You should see that auto hide is on now.

Good luck.
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Accepted Solution

CrazyOne earned 0 total points
ID: 8162123
Yeah I have seen the Registry setting but it doens't work at lest on the machined I have tried it on.
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Author Comment

ID: 8162810
Thank you CrazyOne and hendrik999,
The Reg setting worked for me, but as you indicated I had to stop the explorer service and then restart it after my changes were made. So, the points go to hendrik999 thanks to both of you!


Author Comment

ID: 8162924
I was a big dummy and accepted the wrong answer. I've contaced support to fix this for me. Sorry, bad click on my part.


Expert Comment

ID: 8163724
Dear ZENworker

I've refunded your 150 points to enable you to post a
"Points for hendrik999" Q in the same topic area.

1) Post the link to the original Q in the "Points for  hendrik999" and
2) Add in the original Q a comment with the link to the "Points for hendrik999", thus the email notif will warn the expert.


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Expert Comment

ID: 8165567
I'm glad it worked ZENworker.

Expert Comment

ID: 8176644
So far I didn't get any e-mail. Zenworker can you please post the link. Big dummy or not, I really appreciate if you would do this.

Expert Comment

ID: 39941694
How can I do this whit GPO on Windows Server 2003R2 standard?

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