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I use the auto-hide taskbar feature and I have problems with Google Chrome when it is maximized: the taskbar will not pop up at mouse hover over the taskbar position (really annoying).

I know that Google admits it is a bug and it hasn't been fixed yet, and probably it will never be fixed. My question is if you know a workaround to avoid this issue.

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  • sometimes it happens and the taskbar still hide with chrome, in my case i to wait for the taskbar to behave normally or shut down chrome and remove the process in the task manager, or put a normal taskbar half an hour and I try after – user48981 Sep 10 '10 at 14:48
  • None of the above worked for me, thus I resorted to: 1. Restoring Down 2. Dragging the window to the side of my screen so that 7 would make it occupy half. 3. Resizing the window over my full screen. There's practically no difference. Hope this helps. – user80329 May 8 '11 at 21:13
  • I could only see the taskbar with the Windows key, or minimizing etc. Finally recycled Chrome and all appears well. I see posts all over the web for this going back years. There doesn't seem to be a real permanent solution anywhere. – user82194 May 20 '11 at 15:23
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Apply a theme to Google Chrome to fix it.

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  • Any theme, or do you have an example of theme to provide? – Gnoupi May 5 '10 at 16:56
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    the window transparecy is the problem of chrome here, i think. – user36194 May 5 '10 at 17:33
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    I'm giving the "Plain" theme a go, which is basically a "no-theme" (defaults to Google Chrome's native look). – stakx Mar 27 '13 at 19:09
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    I downvoted because this did not fix the problem for me (win7, 32bit). Also, I don't think the other solutions are good, because they depend on the keyboard. Based on track record I doubt Google will ever fix this - only solution I could come up with is good old Firefox! – Tom Apr 20 '13 at 23:07
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You can temporarily force out the auto-hidden taskbar from cover by bringing up the Start menu.

Use Ctrl + Esc to force the Windows Start menu to display, and with it, the taskbar will pop up.

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    It also works if you press the Windows key. Anyway this must be used every time the taskbar doesn't pop up. – Nicu Zecheru Aug 18 '09 at 13:20
  • Yes! The Windows button does exactly the same thing. – random Aug 18 '09 at 13:28
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    In Windows 8 this displays the Start screen instead of the taskbar. – Robert Koritnik Jul 10 '13 at 5:36
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Try pressing F11 twice. It works for some.

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Yes, to get the task bar back, Restore Down, or double click an empty place on top. Then minimize the window. Then Restore the window, then Maxamize it. :) It works for me.

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  • Thanks, however, pressing the Window key is much easier, or any of the above shortcuts. My main problem is that I cannot see the GTalk notifications for example, nor the new emails (the envelope)....and I have to check it from time to time to see ... (+1 for your answer) – Nicu Zecheru Apr 7 '10 at 16:58
  • Oh, yeah, I guess Windows would work too :P – Matt Apr 26 '11 at 15:35
  • After reading and trying everything else, I was disappointed to see that the last option was so stupid and obviously not going to work. And then it worked. Thanks. – bdb484 Jul 8 '16 at 13:28
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From a Google support thread here:

I'm running Windows 7, 32 bit and had the same problem that the taskbar (on autohide) won't appear with Chrome maximized. I solved this by setting the Properties -> Compatibility -> Compatibility mode to "Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)" for chrome.exe.

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  • Thanks! I have tried this but still the same. After a few minutes the problem persists (I'm running Windows 7 64bit). +1 – Nicu Zecheru Apr 9 '10 at 11:29
  • OK, thanks for your feedback Nicu. Have you tried any of the other compatibility modes to see if they help? – Simon East Apr 23 '10 at 2:55

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