How to Get a Taskbar on Top of Windows 7

Microsoft eliminated the "always on top" option of the Windows XP taskbar when designing Windows 7 and made it permanently "always on top." However, this does not mean the taskbar will always be displayed. The Windows 7 taskbar retains the "auto-hide" feature, which hides the taskbar from view when not in use. If you cannot see the Windows taskbar, then the auto-hide feature is probably enabled and prevents the taskbar from appearing on top of windows.


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      Move you mouse pointer to the bottom of your screen to make the auto-hide taskbar appear. Alternatively, press the "Windows" key, or press "Ctrl" and "Esc" together. This makes the taskbar appear regardless of its location.

    • 2

      Right-click an empty area of the taskbar, and select "Properties."

    • 3

      Uncheck "Auto-hide the taskbar" on the "Taskbar" tab, which should be selected by default.

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      Click "OK" to keep the Windows 7 taskbar always in view and on top of other windows.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you only see the Start menu, but not the taskbar, then the taskbar has been resized. Move your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen, until the mouse pointer turns into a line with arrows on either end. Click and drop the mouse pointer upward to resize the taskbar.
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