When I do remote desktop fullscreen connection on Windows 10 local host to Windows 7 remote host, the local task bar will not get covered by the RDP window as it used to be. It remains visible on top and the only help is to set the local taskbar to auto-hide. It overlays and hides the remote taskbar.

It had started to happen after some update, not sure which one, perhaps the Creators update.

I use shortcut on desktop, tried various settings but without any success.

How can I make the local taskbar hidden behind the RDP fullscreen window? (and not visible on top of the remote desktop fullscreen window rendering the remote taskbar unavailable?)

Local taskbar on top of the remote one

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    Does this answer help? It seems pretty similiar to your issue.
    – Tim G.
    Aug 21, 2017 at 14:52
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    @TimmyJim not at all. I have RDP fullscreen, so I do not have the linked issue at all. Only taskbar is on top and not behind RDP window, that is the problem. Aug 21, 2017 at 15:17
  • With remote working I fight this every single day. At times I move my local taskbar around to avoid the conflict but it's still annoying.
    – drescherjm
    Dec 9, 2021 at 21:50

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Try restarting explorer.exe process as mentioned in fixing remote desktop taskbar

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    Restarting it tends to only fix the problem for an hour or so in my case, or until the MustBeSeen flag is triggered again. Feb 12, 2018 at 11:42
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    Better use the link to the superuser q&a than to that blog - superuser.com/questions/495871/… Apr 18, 2018 at 5:21
  • @Vojtěch Dohnal, that question is not for the same issue.
    – M Granja
    Jan 15, 2019 at 14:07
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    @MGranja It is not but the blog the answerer quotes quotes one answer to that question. Jan 15, 2019 at 14:26
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    life saver..i have struggled with this issue for so long and m glad i looked here
    – Nrj
    May 6, 2020 at 12:13

I have figured it out today using a hint from this discussion.

"Thanks Tony, that means a program has raised the MustBeSeen system flag. Typically this is a program that needs your attention, like antivirus or backup program that has some message it's waiting to tell you. It is almost always a program icon near the clock in the notification area. Once you clear the MustBeSeen flag by addressing the program, the taskbar will hide again.

As a best practice suggestion, hit Ctrl+Shift+Escape and disable anything on the Startup tab you don't need autorunning. That limits how many things load there, and lessens how many programs can raise the MustBeSeen flag."

There must have been something in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that's changed the way how the taskbar overlays work and so seems to be causing it.

So I have closed all my apps running in the background with notification icon and the problem went away.

Here is a link to the quoted answer.

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    So this bug is not going to be fixed? I use RDP often and this often happens, making fullscreen work on the remote computer very annoying.
    – comodoro
    Dec 27, 2017 at 16:15
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    This is a horrible mis-feature of windows. I am going to switch to using Linux as my host operating system and then remote into windows and VMs, because Microsoft can't make a useable home base for me in windows. I can't stop stupid programs from raising this flag.
    – Warren P
    Jan 10, 2018 at 17:47
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    It was Outlook that was causing this problem for me! Got a feeling they have a lot of temps working at MS nowadays :-D Sep 19, 2018 at 13:22
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    In my case, it was that the battery was running low + some apps stopped working, and consequently the Windows Security Center had "Actions Recommended."
    – Kim
    Mar 28, 2019 at 23:00
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    This is not a bug! This is a feature, and an awesome one at that! Now I can have local Skype running on one monitor with my local taskbar on that monitor, and the RDP taskbar on the other monitor!!! Mar 19, 2020 at 18:34

I have Snagit on my home computer. If I open it (or it's a startup program), the taskbar of my home computer overlaps the taskbar of my remote computer. If I close Snagit on my home computer side, viola! Problem solved. Find the program running on the non-remote computer that is forcing its way into the foreground, then, "FINISH HIM!"


I had the same issue, and decided to try the remove the "I need to be seen" task. But I just right clicked on the icons and then clicked on "remove from taskbar" I kept the ones that I know have been there before the problem and removed the others. After I did that I could see my remote desktop taskbar!


I was not able to find the offending task (perhaps is my remote utility that I cannot disable not to lose the connection). As a workaround I was able to move the overlapping bar to the right side of the screen allowing me to see the remote bottom bar.

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