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My Windows 10 is not activated. That is why I cannot auto-hide a taskbar :-( It is annoying because it covers the space I need and distracts my attention. Please, help me auto-hide the taskbar without activating my Windows. Do not suggest buying anything, please.


P.S. Windows 10x64 Pro, version 1703 (Build 15063.332).

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    "My Windows 10 is not activated" you should activate it then.
    – DavidPostill
    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:43
  • Yes, I had to activate it, because even with that registry hack, the watermark would return again and again. However, in regard to the original question, your answer was not relevant, because I asked about how to do that thing without activation. Feb 20, 2019 at 0:01
  • I'm using Windows Sandbox and since the sanboox itself is not activated by design, this is really helpfull.
    – Didi Kohen
    Aug 10, 2020 at 16:18

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Go to Start-- Type Regedit--Right click Run as Administrator

Go To Given Path

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3

Before You do Changes in RegEdit. Take Backup of Registry. File -- Export

You will Find Settings -- Right Click Modify the Binary Data.

By Default Second Line will have below value

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Replace it with 03 from 02. Refer below image

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Click OK and Close Registry Editor

After Control + Alt + Del -- Task Manager -- Restart Explorer.

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  • Wow, it works! It's been almost 2 days since I applied your solution, and the taskbar auto-hides as I asked. Thank you for the advice! I will give you all possible thumbs up. PS What's more, the taskbar got a bit transparent which I also like. Jun 8, 2017 at 14:06
  • Transparent look is good to look. If you activate you get good features unlocked in personalization of windows 10 Jun 8, 2017 at 15:51
  • that's true, but I do not have the money. Jun 9, 2017 at 17:24
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    I had to find this solution after re-installing my Windows. Thank you again, Techie Gossip :-) Sep 30, 2017 at 23:28
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Go here. (If key Explorer doesn't exist, create it):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create DWORD value NoTaskGrouping(If not exist already)

NoTaskGrouping DWORD

If you don't want task buttons grouping, make it's value 1 and then restart Explorer

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  • excuse me, but is your answer about 1) how to auto-hide the Taskbar? 2) how not to group program thumbnails together in Taskbar. I have followed your advise and created a 64 bit registry entry in both places you mentioned, and restarted the PC, but the taskbar is not doing what I want - i want the Taskbar to slide away when my mouse is not hovering above it. Oct 28, 2021 at 9:10

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