Windows – Preventing Firefox from going on top of the taskbar

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Today, I was working and I tried to access the taskbar. However, it didn't pop up. I moved my mouse off of Firefox and the taskbar unhid, as it should have, but Firefox was on top. As far as I can tell, every time I move focus to Firefox, it goes over the taskbar.

Now, this is a problem. I need to be able to access the taskbar whenever I want to, without moving my windows around to get a clear look at the desktop. (Yes, I'm aware that there's a button on the taskbar to minimize all windows, but the key thing here is that it's covered. Like the rest of the taskbar.) As far as I can tell, this is only happening with Firefox, though I do remember it happening with other applications, albeit not every time I focus the window.

How can I stop the taskbar from being hidden by Firefox? Is it possible to do this without compromising the ability to allow full-screen appliations to go on top?

I've done a bit more testing, and at least at the moment, this is what's happening:

  1. I'm having a wonderful day, editing this post.
  2. I move my mouse to the bottom of the screen:

    Confetti rains from the sky in a glorious hail of death and terror.

  3. I sigh exasperatedly and click on the taskbar.

  4. The taskbar goes above Firefox.
  5. I do whatever I had to do with the taskbar.
  6. I go back to Firefox.
  7. Repeat.

NB: I am explicitly not looking for a one-time solution. Sure, it's just another couple of clicks and maybe a drag, but having to do that every time is a pain in the cloud.

NB 2: Also, it's not every time I start Firefox, only about one in ten (ish; I haven't been using Win10 much).

Best Answer

"Show desktop" never worked for me, but I've noticed that if I hit F11 twice, the taskbar returns to normal. Not that that's any kind of solution, but it's easier than restarting FireFox.

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