Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I just wanted to ask if there was a way to hide the taskbar when running VirtualBox in seamless mode. I only want it to run Photoshop and occasionally MS Office, I don't need the start bar getting in the way, taking up valuable screen real-estate.

I have set it to autohide, but that it can be a bit glitchy, for example, sometimes if I swap window the taskbar will then stay up until I go back to the Windows program and then leave again. That and it can be irritating when I just want to click on something near the bottom of the screen and it pops up.

Edit: I just had an idea as to how to the solve this but the site won't let me answer my own question with 8 hours of posing it, but here's the answer I came up with anyway.

I realised I was going about it in the wrong way; looking at the problem as an Ubuntu problem or a VirtualBox problem, then I realised it was really a Windows problem, since you can't remove the taskbar in Windows. Then I had an idea. I found a program that changes the delay for autohide so it's so long that I never trigger it accidentally.

In case any one has the same problem, the program is Taskbar Activate, located here: It's not designed for the new Windows OSes but with a bit of tweaking it works. I unticked the “Get back the bar in the background when it is no more in use” under the "Activation" tab in the setting dialogue and then everything seemed to work.

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by fossfreedom Feb 22 '12 at 22:58

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Does this answer help any any way?… – fossfreedom May 19 '11 at 17:10
Ah thanks, that does actually. It doesn't solve the problem I asked about but it's one I had regardless. – Ben Elgar May 19 '11 at 17:26
Hello, this question has no information and activity for a very long time. I am closing it for now. If by any reason you think this question is still viable or useful in anyway or that there is still a good chance it will be answered please flag it to a moderator or add a comment with the reason(s) why you want it open. Regards – fossfreedom Feb 22 '12 at 22:58