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Windows 7 taskbar will not unhide

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We have a couple of users here with the Windows 7 taskbar set to autohide.  They are running into a problem where the taskbar will not unhide once it's been hidden. It doesn't happen every time.  Windows are not fully maximized when this problem happens.  The users are using a single monitor with the taskbar at the bottom. Any thoughts?  

FYI - We're running Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1, 32-bit.

Thanks,
Joe
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Question by:Hank Lieurance
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by:xeroxzerox
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right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on Properties.
Check the Auto-hide the taskbar box.
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by:Hank Lieurance
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That box is already checked.  The problem is not getting the Task Bar to hide.  The problem is that it won't unhide when you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen.
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May be sometime it would not work after running a process in full screen mode.
Pressing the Windows key brings it right back up though (for those instances mouse hover does not seem to want to work.) It goes back to normal after that press.
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by:Hank Lieurance
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It's intermittent though.  The user doesn't do anything different when it stops working.  Then it'll work for a while without having changed anything or clicking on any check boxes.  I've seen a lot of stuff on Google where people say it's just a bug in Windows and nobody has any real fixes for it other than waiting for a Windows Update to push something down.
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sargentotech--Several ideas here.  
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/019916b1-1018-4580-930b-f35d49ce50c5/

I liked the one about disabling Aero.
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by:Hank Lieurance
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Thanks for the help.  I'm accepting this solution as it fits the best for our experience.  I wish Microsoft would just fix this so you don't have to disable features for it to work but that's probably just a pipe dream.  Thanks!
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sargentotech--You are most welcome!!
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by:orionsweb
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I too have the same issue. Too bad this is flagged as a solution. There is actually no solution other than to just disable features to get it to work. I was hoping there'd be a real solution or fix for it...
Nothing I didn't already know, kinda disappointed.
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