Auto hide function does not work properly

October 10, 2011 at 09:48:26
Specs: Windows 7
auto-hide task bar not working - the auto-hide task bar function on my ASUS A53E series does not work. I clear the auto-hide, hit OK or apply, and the next time I start or re-start, the auto-hide is checked again. I want to make it permanent but hitting OK and Apply does not work. Suggestions?

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October 10, 2011 at 11:24:16
unless you really need the viewing space, I myself find it really annoying to have to click on where the task bar is and it keeps going in and out. I find simplicity is the key....but to each their own.

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October 10, 2011 at 13:31:44
Thank you for the reply. I am not sure what the simplicity statement refers to - My problem is that I cannot get the task bar to remain permanently despite each time I start the laptop and I clear the auto-hide box and then hit apply or OK. It is annoying to have to click where the task bar is to bring the task bar up - then to change programs, etc... I would rather see what I have running at the time and more annoying that it re-sets everytime I turn the computer off or re-start it.

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October 10, 2011 at 13:39:45
sorry, I thought you wanted it to hide...I misread your post
The above link explains quite a bit...maybe you will see a fix there.
I too hate a disappearing task bar

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October 10, 2011 at 15:03:31
Thanks - it seems to help identify how to hide the task bar, and in particular the Notifications on the right, i.e. power, clock, wi-fi, etc.... but does not help identify how to permanently disable the hide function, or why it always re-sets on start or re-start.

I will continue to explore the options on the page, but so far - does not seem to help - thanks for the advice though.

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October 10, 2011 at 17:30:00
Thank you for your help. However, I found solution to my own problem - as I found out while looking, I also had a Aero theme lockout issue and it constantly said "desktop manager disabled." From the Microsoft Answers Forum - I was able to fix all three problems with one fix:

I have an ASUS A53E that I bought on 9/7/11 that had the same problem with the Aero lock-out and desktop manager disabled. I looked through quite a few forums, and even the above info,.

I did a clean boot then finally uninstalling diabling display driver t(Intel HD Graphics Family) through start>devmgmt.msc>display adapters> Intel Graphics.

It re-booted big and fuzzy - then I used the same steps in devmgmt.msc, went to display driver, re-installed driver and it seems to be working fine, inluding the hide/don't hide task bar issues that started my search.

The post from microsoft is:

Thank you for using Microsoft Answers forums.

I suggest you to uninstall display drivers and then restart the computer.

Steps to uninstall display driver:

1. Click on start button.

2. In the search box type devmgmt.msc and then press enter.

3. Select the display device and right click on it

4. Now select properties.

5. In the properties window, under Driver tab, click on Uninstall Driver button.

6. After the uninstalling the drivers restart the computer.

7. The computer will detect the devices and install the updates automatically.

For more information visit

Check if problem persists in clean boot mode.

Starting your computer by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs so that you can determine whether a background program is interfering with your game or program. This kind of startup is known as a "Clean boot."

To perform a clean boot on a computer, follow these steps.

1. Click Start, type msconfig in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

2. On the General tab, click Selective Startup.

3. Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.

4. Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.

5. Click OK.

6. When you are prompted, click Restart.

7. After the computer starts, check whether the problem is resolved.

If your issue is resolved, follow the How to Determine What is Causing the Problem section in the KB article to narrow down the exact source. . Also, see the section on how return your computer to a Normal startup mode

Also run an online malware/virus scan on the computer.

Hope this information is helpful.

Let me know if this worked.

Thanks and Regards:

Umesh P - Microsoft Support

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October 17, 2011 at 11:21:53
I found the solution to my problem. My ASUS A53E version K53E has for battery power settings.: Hi Performance, Entertainment, Quite Office, and Power Saver. Apparently when you enable the Power Saver option, the machine automatically disables the Aero function, and enables the "hide taskbar" function. This is to obviously save power that is used by the graphics and special visual effects of the Aero function. if you have the laptop on the other 3 battery options, it does not affect the ability to enable the Aero function or disabled the "hide taskbar" function.

It seemed that whenever my system was plugged into the house circuit, I could disable the "hide taskbar" function and enable the Aero function. Turning the laptop on and off, while plugged to the home system did not change these settings. It was only after I switched to solely battery power that these functions changed back. After searching many forms on the Internet, I called Asus and was informed the actual problem was not a "problem", but was part of their functioning of the various battery power options. A simple solution to a frustrating "problem."

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