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Name says it all. Taskbar is set to auto-hide, taskbar does not auto-hide, obviously I want it to auto-hide. Some program is keeping it from doing that. Sometimes I find the culprit quickly if the developer made something like the icon or app flash but sometimes I search for a while before I find it.

(And no, this, this and this are not answers to "what program," they are cop-outs when you can't fix the problem. I already have an autohotkey to kill and restart explorer but it's annoying.)

Bonus points if you know the windows message to trap to prevent a program from doing it because my next step is creating an open source app that blocks it and auto-generates an email to the developer every time it happens.


Edit: I'm presently looking at poking around with the SHAppBarMessage function when I get time so if anyone has already tried that, a success/fail report could save me time.

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From this article: https://www.ghacks.net/2017/04/29/windows-10-taskbar-not-hiding-here-is-the-fix/

The idea is to discover the underlying app that wants attention. Some apps or background apps do not have an icon displayed, therefore no indication is visible.

Solution: Enable all icons for a short time to see the icon that is wanting attention.

Quote: Start by opening the Taskbar preferences again. This is done with the keyboard shortcut Windows-I, and navigating to Personalization > Taskbar in the Settings application.

Locate and click on "select which icons appear on the taskbar" under notification area.

Select-icons-taskbar

I recommend that you check the "always show all icons in the notification area". The reason for that is that you get a good overview of all icons, and can identify the culprit easily this way.

  • It might be better if you quoted less of the rambling discussion of why the problem occurs and focused more on the solution. – G-Man Aug 10 at 1:03
  • Thanks @G-Man. Please give credit to Martin Brinkmann for his thorough explanation and detailed answers for this irritating issue. – user1864803 Aug 13 at 18:08

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