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Old 12-05-13, 05:13 AM
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How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

This is annoying as hell and I've mastered just about everything else from the transition from Win 7 to Win 8. I want the damn taskbar to show at the bottom of the screen at all times like in previous versions of windows. Any way to do this???

For example, I am here on DVD Talk in my Chrome browser and also have a couple of other programs open. In the past, I could simply look at the bottom of my screen and there everything was... I could click on each tab for an open program and switch back and forth as well as see the clock. Now, I don't want to use Alt + Tab and the Charms crap to accomplish this, I just want my darn taskbar back...
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Re: How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

Right click on the task bar
Click properties
Uncheck Auto-hide the task bar.
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Re: How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

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Right click on the task bar
Click properties
Uncheck Auto-hide the task bar.
That's not what I was referring to but thank's for trying. I'm not talking about the taskbar hiding on the desktop. I want it to show ALL the time. When a browser is running. Just like previous versions on Windows. As it is now, it's as if it runs in full screen mode aka F11 and you cannot change it.

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Re: How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

Don't use the Metro apps, go to the Desktop and run everything from there. You won't be able to do what you want from Metro.
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Re: How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

Chrome runs as either a standard desktop app or in "Windows 8 mode" on Windows 8. You can switch between the modes via the Chrome menu, see here:
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2762879

Raul3 is correct that the "Metro" or "Modern" interface mode in Windows 8 won't ever have the taskbar, and you need to make sure you're running the desktop versions of apps if you want the taskbar.
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Re: How to enable taskbar all the time in Windows 8?

There are a number of alternatives, but I'm partial to Pokki, which not only restores a real (and customizable) Start menu, but also allows you to completely bypass the Metro tiles interface (and all of its fullscreen apps) and boot directly to the desktop like previous versions of Windows. I don't use or configure a Windows 8 machine without it.

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