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I have to toggle Windows taskbar auto hide/unhide frequently. Is there any way (eg via script, registry or tool) that can let me simply double click to toggle the setting?

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    I'm curious, why do frequently have to toggle the Auto hide taskbar setting? What part of your work necessitates sometimes having it usually hidden for some of your day, and always visible for other parts of your day? Mar 15, 2017 at 6:36
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    @WalterStabosz Screensharing when presenting during teleconferences is a common use case. For example, a software salesperson who does online screen-sharing demos (showing integration/interaction between multiple applications) with remote prospective customers might prefer the taskbar be autohidden for those portions of the day but visible during the rest.
    – WBT
    Sep 17, 2018 at 13:54
  • @WBT Thanks, I had never considered frequent screen sharing. Rereading this question made me think of a UI design for a nice auto-hidden Taskbar: Press Windows Key once to unhide Taskbar, press Windows Key a second time to open Start Menu. You could also double-press Windows Key to open Start Menu. Sep 17, 2018 at 14:53
  • @WalterStabosz Win+T can do the unhide and switch between programs on it. However, it'd be nice to have a little script connected to a keyboard shortcut that just toggles this one setting value.
    – WBT
    Sep 17, 2018 at 23:09

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Try using Aviassin Taskbar Eliminator.

I heard it is a good one.

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  • this tool is nice, thanks! However, the hotkey Alt+T can be easily conflict with many other applications. Also, it hide the taskbar completely, not toggle to auto hide.
    – Stan
    Mar 13, 2012 at 14:36
  • If this is still relevant for anyone, I posted an answer with a software that let's you choose your own hotkey.
    – Albin
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:26
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You could use the following AutoIT script for showing/hiding the taskbar (or compile it to executable(s) with so you can run this without needing AutoIt)

This example script hides the taskbar, sleeps 3 seconds and shows the taskbar:

Opt('WINTITLEMATCHMODE', 4)
ControlHide('classname=Shell_TrayWnd', '', '')
Sleep(3000)
ControlShow('classname=Shell_TrayWnd', '', '')

The script has been taken from: http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/27505-hide-taskbar/

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This answer uses AutoHotkey:

How to toggle the auto-hide status of the Windows taskbar

You can set it to whatever key combination you need.

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I found something called Taskbar Eliminator via Google that sounds like what you're looking for.

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  • CAREFULL: the other software (Windows Taskbar Hide) that can be found under the link does not work with Windows 7!! It will "hide" your taskbar but "unhiding" does not work - that resulted in a LOSS OF DATA for me!
    – Albin
    Jul 24, 2018 at 17:54
  • glad I could help, I would even suggest to write it into the answer since not all users read the comments.
    – Albin
    Jul 24, 2018 at 19:52
  • @Albin: I'm still using Windows 7, so can't confirm or deny what you claim. Your comment is not about the software I mentioned, plus, just because you had a bad experience is not enough evidence IMO for me feel comfortable issuing a blanket warning. Also, down here in a comment is exactly the right place for information like that to be put.
    – martineau
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:00
  • ok, I wasn't sure where to put the warning, thanks for the explanation. By the way I'm using Windows 7 as well, so I might get the same error if you decide to test it.
    – Albin
    Jul 24, 2018 at 20:12
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I know it's an old thread, but I just stumbled upon another software alternative (freeware, no installation required): Taskbar Control here's the download link

It's no double click as the question requires but it let's you toggle the auto hide by using a hotkey and it lets you decide on you're own choice of hotkey.

I tested it with Windows 7, works for me (and I keep it), maybe this helps s.o. else as well. There is also a Version for Windows 10 but I haven't tested it yet.

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I recently went looking for exactly this and ultimately made my own as the existing stuff either doesn't work well or at all. Here's a tool that toggles hide taskbar with source.

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If you've enabled "Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode", you can use the following AutoHotkey script to toggle the taskbar with Win+J:

#IfWinActive ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
  #j::Send !{Esc}
#IfWinActive
  #j::WinActivate ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
#IfWinActive

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