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.

  • 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, 2010 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, 2011 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, 2011 at 15:23

5 Answers 5


Apply a theme to Google Chrome to fix it.

  • Any theme, or do you have an example of theme to provide?
    – Gnoupi
    May 5, 2010 at 16:56
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    the window transparecy is the problem of chrome here, i think.
    – user36194
    May 5, 2010 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 23:07

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. Aug 18, 2009 at 13:20
  • Yes! The Windows button does exactly the same thing.
    – random
    Aug 18, 2009 at 13:28
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    In Windows 8 this displays the Start screen instead of the taskbar. Jul 10, 2013 at 5:36

Try pressing F11 twice. It works for some.


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.

  • 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) Apr 7, 2010 at 16:58
  • Oh, yeah, I guess Windows would work too :P
    – Matt
    Apr 26, 2011 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, 2016 at 13:28

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.

  • Thanks! I have tried this but still the same. After a few minutes the problem persists (I'm running Windows 7 64bit). +1 Apr 9, 2010 at 11:29
  • OK, thanks for your feedback Nicu. Have you tried any of the other compatibility modes to see if they help?
    – Simon E.
    Apr 23, 2010 at 2:55

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