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Lately when using Windows 7 on my laptop, I like to keep the taskbar at the top. It just seems more natural to me to keep these controls at eye level than at the bottom.

One of the problems you encounter with this setup is the occasional window opening underneath the task bar, completely obscuring the titlebar such that you can't move it or click its buttons. The workaround is to either move the taskbar or Alt-Space + M and move down with the arrow keys or mouse. I'm aware you can also use Win+Up/Left/Right to maximize or position left/right.

But, if anybody remembers Windows 95, this has always been a problem with the taskbar at the top. Has Windows 7 managed to fix this with some option I'm not aware of?

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Was this problem only affecting certain programs? In that case, what programs were you using? Were you able to replicate the problem? How did you resolve it? –  sammyg Apr 29 at 17:58

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Well, if you keep the taskbar on top of the screen then this is quite normal ("it's not a bug, it's a feature!"). Unfortunately, when the taskbar is located at the top of the screen, the title bar of the program window will disappears behind the taskbar, and this can indeed cause some inconvenience.

However, Windows should remember the location of a program window. So when you move the program window and then close it, the next time you open this program it should open at the last location.

Alternatively, you can use a window management application. These applications allow you to assign rules to any program window (e.g. location on the screen, transparency, and so on). I have two recommendations for you;

My favorite is Actual Window Manager. But both programs offer a plethora of useful features. They are both well worth having.

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I would never consider this as a bug, and it's definitely not a feature. If anything, this can be seen as a design flaw. But more importantly, this is not how program windows normally behave in Windows 7 when you have the taskbar at the top of the screen. This is not normal behavior. I would call it anomaly, something that only affects this user's Windows 7 installation, and only under certain conditions (if it only affects some program windows and not the others). –  sammyg Apr 29 at 17:52

Normally, when you put the taskbar at the top of the screen, Windows 7 will never open a program window where the titlebar is placed underneath and obscured by the taskbar. This is not possible, even if you forcefully try to do this.

Here I have the taskbar at the top of the screen, and I have the Calculator window open. I am trying click and move the program window underneath the taskbar. But Windows is intelligently pushing it out so that the titlebar is not obscured.

a

I push it underneath the taskbar.

b

I let go of the mouse button, and Windows pushes it out.

So as you can see here, this is not possible. But look at what actually happens when you have the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and you move a program window underneath it. It actually accepts it, it stays underneath when I let go of the mouse button. So here I have closed that Calculator window and opened a new one.

c

The program window stays underneath the taskbar.

So this contradicts your own observations.

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