I have the Windows 7 taskbar set to autohide.

Is it possible to reduce the delay of the taskbar when i want to see it again? Show it instantly, like when we reduce the time to see the previews there...


Follow these steps:

  1. Go to My Computer;
  2. Right click;
  3. Properties;
  4. System properties;
  5. Advanced;
  6. Performance;
  7. Settings;
  8. Uncheck/check (as applicable) "Fade or slide menus into view";
  9. Hit Apply and OK.
  • Under Windows 8 Step 4 is "Change Settings" on the right hand side of the screen. – AzulShiva May 18 '17 at 5:43

As far as I know, the only way to speed up the process is to completely disable the Aero animations.

To do this:

  1. Open your start-menu and type in "System" and select the option under the "Control Panel" section.
  2. Click on "Advanced system settings" in the left-pane.
  3. Click on the "Advanced" tab.
  4. Click on "Settings" in the performance sub-section.
  5. Uncheck "Animations in taskbar and Start Menu" and possibly (not sure if it is necessary) "Animate controls and elements inside windows".

Good luck!

  • Certainly not working for me. I don't have to restart or log out or the such, right? Are you sure you don't mean to untick Fade or Slide Menus into View option? – Ehtesh Choudhury Aug 27 '12 at 12:45
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    Not working for me either. Fade or slide menus into view does the trick. – AZ. Jul 25 '13 at 15:43

One way would be to press the Windows key - that'll pop out the taskbar instantly.

There doesn't seem to be any registry hack or setting that can be used to remove the delay, however, using a 3rd party app called Taskbar Activate - you can remove the delay completely from within the settings.

I found a very slight reduction in display time, myself - YMMV. This utility was designed to in fact increase the delay time so the bar wouldn't pop up each time a user brought the mouse close to the edge of the screen. It's freeware "emailware" and there's a portable / no-install version available too.

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