3 Ways To Remove The Windows Vista Taskbar

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remove windows vista taskbarThe Windows task bar is in itself a minimalist solution to the problem of a usable GUI OS. However it is not everyone’s favorite way, and it shouldn’t have to be. In Vista they have made it real tricky to remove the Windows taskbar all together.

So here I will cover three ways to get rid of the taskbar, allowing you to move on to what you please.

1. Auto hide the taskbar

If you are looking for maximum screen usability, then this is the way to go. The taskbar is still completely usable by moving your mouse to the bottom of the screen for a moment.

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To do this right-click on an empty part of the taskbar and click on “properties”. A new window will appear and there will be a check list. Check off “Auto-hide the taskbar” (unchecked to remove this feature).

2. Object Dock

If you are looking for a replacement, the free version of this program can just simply hide the taskbar while also providing you with a shortcut system. The Pro version actually gives you the option to use it in replacement of the taskbar.

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Download and install Object Dock. Right click on an empty spot in your new dock. Select dock settings and check “Hide the Windows Taskbar”. This eliminates it all together unlike the auto hide feature.

3. Taskbar Magic

Of course if your ultimate goal is something totally different, then how do you just get rid of the darn thing? Well unfortunately I have not come across any registry hack or something of the like (maybe you know of a registry hack?).

So the best option I have found is Taskbar Magic. Much more useful than just hiding your taskbar, it allows you to allocate the space saved for the taskbar for something else if you want.

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Download and unzip it to the directory of your choice (most likely out of the way). Follow the directions for option number one I wrote about. Open up “taskbar magic.exe” and boom it will be gone. If you wish to allocate space for your task bar replacement if you have one, press CTRL + ALT + ESC. That gives you the option to chose what side of the screen you want to allocate and you can change the amount by pixels

There you have it, the three best ways I have found to remove Vista taskbar. All of them but the built in one require a program running in the background. Do you know of any better ones? Perhaps a registry hack? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments (10)
  • quantum

    You can use Emerge Desktop.

  • ifer

    this wont delete it, but it will keep it out of your way.
    right click on your task bar, on task bar appearance click only on AutoHide task bar. on Start menu tab make sure nothing is checked under Privacy. and under toolbars tab make sure all are unchecked. click apply of course. and tadah, no more tool bar in your face. (: but of course you can still bring it all up by pushing your start menu key…

  • Luis

    I use TransBar. It’s a simple little program that lets you choose the opacity and lets you decide if you want to run it on startup. Just set it on ‘Invisible’ and you’re set!

    • Cody

      That seems to be a nice little program, but doesn’t truly accomplish the task I was writing about. On vista it it doesn’t even make the start button transparent, but that may just be me.

  • Ben

    I think you can definitely do it with:

    samurize.com

    and maybe even with:

    stardock.com/products/windowblinds/

    • Cody

      I have to check it out. I have used both and haven’t noticed ways to do that. However I admit samurize was like a few hours. I will have to give it a whirl again. Thank you.

  • PDawg

    Great article. Thanks. I’ve been WONDERING how to deal with this.

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