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Is it possible to set the windows taskbar not to appear on top of other windows? I have it set to auto-hide and it is annoying to touch it's side of the screen by accident the screen and have it popup and get in the way of the app i'm using.

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There are a few ways you can handle this, some free, some not.

The best is probably this, but it does cost a little, but it also has a lot more great features, like being able to select certain programs to always be on top, or you can put programs into the systray, that normally you could not.

http://download.cnet.com/Taskbar-Hide/3000-2092_4-10302846.html

The second way is free. Auto-hide the taskbar, but move it to the right side. You can still accidentally mouse over it, and expose it, but you will probably do it a lot less. You can test with the various sides to see where you hit it the least.

Then I found this hack, originally written for XP. I have not tested it, but it removes the taskbar and gives it a hotkey. It seem like it would probably also work with Windows 7.

http://www.aeonity.com/frost/removing-windows-xp-taskbar-hack

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