I have set the windows 7 Taskbar to auto-hide however some of the time an application will tell the Taskbar something new is going on. This causes the Taskbar to light up, and block the window underneath until l I give it attention. Is there a registry tweak to keep the Taskbar from seeking attention?

  • What do you mean by "something new is going on"...currently i'm auto hiding it..when a new program opens...taskbar will still be hidden though . (note: i didn't add a comment cause my rep still below 50)
    – Rafael
    Feb 16, 2010 at 14:14
  • Just as a workaround: killing explorer.exe via task manager and then starting it again worked for me.
    – user107869
    Dec 2, 2011 at 15:18
  • @VincentAlex: For the bounty, are we still on Windows 7? Or on Windows 10/11?
    – harrymc
    Oct 20, 2021 at 14:51
  • Win7 please, ForeGroundFlashCount=1 doesn't seem to be working for many of us. Oct 20, 2021 at 14:56
  • Don't need or ever want Win 10/11 Win7 can be super fast and friendly if you make it Oct 26, 2021 at 14:11

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If you're so annoyed by the Windows 7 Taskbar, why not getting rid of it altogether? :)

Aviassin Taskbar Eliminator is a great utility which will simply and efficiently remove the taskbar from Windows XP or Vista.

With just the click of a button or a hotkey, the taskbar is disabled from any side of the screen, providing the freedom to use any dock application, increase computer security, or allow all sorts of Windows customizations. The taskbar can be toggled on and off in real-time, providing the flexibility to quickly view the taskbar to perform an action.

The application interface is simple and easy to understand, allowing it to be used by even the most novice of users. Simply press and hold Control+Alt+T to bring up the Preferences window, from which all options can be adjusted. Press and hold Alt + T to immediately show or hide the taskbar directly.

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Aviassin Taskbar Eliminator is freeware and portable.

when you click 'Hide Taskbar' it will disappear but the start orb remains visible, however, if you set the the taskbar to 'Auto Hide' before eliminating the taskbar, it works like a charm. the start orb will not appear if you hit the bottom of the screen, ONLY if you press the windows key.

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... and then use VistaSwitcher to toggle conveniently between open applications and folders.

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    I like the Windows 7 task-bar actually. Just not how it likes to come out and stay out.
    – maxfridbe
    Feb 15, 2010 at 19:56
  • ah well ... just an idea :)
    – Molly7244
    Feb 15, 2010 at 20:09
  • Yeah, it's not like anyone in the world will use Alt+T in any program ever. Like opening a menu starting with the letter T... what is it we used to say in 2002? Oh yeah, "bigfatlol". Memories :) Mar 23, 2018 at 22:19

I wrote my own application which one forcibly hides the taskbar if mouse is not hovering...


VB6 runtime files may be needed. Works on XP, Vista and 7.


I'm not sure if you can disable the taskbar from flashing. I have read that TuneUp utilites has an option to do that.

If you want to control the number of times the taskbar flashes, then do the following:

  1. Open regedit and Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\CONTROLPANEL\DESKTOP
  2. In the right pane, right click on ForeGroundFlashCount

  3. Click on Modify, and select Decimal.

  4. Change the Value to a higher number to however many flashes you want. 1 will give you a single flash. 0 will give you indefinite flashes.
  5. Restart the computer to apply the changes.
  • I like this, but after the flashing is done the taskbar stays up.
    – maxfridbe
    Feb 17, 2010 at 17:27
  • You meant "infinite", not "indefinite". Feb 17, 2010 at 19:19
  • Nothing on computers are infinite. in·def·i·nite /ˌinˈdef(ə)nət/ Learn to pronounce adjective lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time. Oct 26, 2021 at 14:18

Head on over to Windows SevenForums for a possible workaround to this issue.

There is a tool hosted on the forum which tells the taskbar not to shrink out of view but to simply go to the back of the screen. 32-bit and 64-bit flavours are available. It is a run-on-demand program, so nothing to install. Simply log off and back on again if you don't think it's for you. No harm done.

Once it is running, other applications can be dragged over the taskbar which will then stay on top of it, regardless of whether the taskbar wants attention or not.

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To immediately get the taskbar back into view, either press the Windows key or click on a part of the taskbar that isn't hidden underneath other applications.

It is far from ideal, but does appear to be one of the best fixes that other people with the exact same problem have managed to get their hands on.

  • I'd rather not mess with the task-bar on top properties.
    – maxfridbe
    Feb 17, 2010 at 16:42
  • If you bring up the taskbar properties, you can unselect "Keep the taskbar on top of other windows" and achieve the same thing. Feb 17, 2010 at 19:18
  • @Software Monkey - that feature was removed in Windows 7.
    – Kez
    Feb 17, 2010 at 19:32

Some possible solutions :

  • Ensure that all the icons in the traybar are visible, as icons that are hidden (available still via the arrow-icon) may not be hidden even if the traybar itself is hidden.

  • Completely disable balloon notifications via regedit in
    create a new 32-bit DWORD named EnableBalloonTips and set its value to 0.

  • Cheers, I already disabled balloon, but sometimes an app starts (mostly clover tabs), stays highlighted on taskbar (not even flashing), thus keeps taskbar visible (unable to auto hide), until I click on it, which is annoying. Icons don't fill up entire taskbar, so I think they are visible. Weird UI bug. Oct 22, 2021 at 14:54
  • I didn't mean taskbar icons, but traybar icons. The traybar is found to the right of the taskbar.
    – harrymc
    Oct 22, 2021 at 14:56

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