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This is a ugly hacked together C# Script that will hide your taskbar for 5 seconds and restores it. A starting point for a custom taskbar maybe?
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Threading;
using System.Drawing;
public enum TaskbarPosition
{
Unknown = -1,
Left,
Top,
Right,
Bottom,
}
public sealed class Taskbar
{
private const string ClassName = "Shell_TrayWnd";
[DllImport("user32.dll")]
private static extern int FindWindow(string className, string windowText);
[DllImport("user32.dll")]
private static extern int ShowWindow(IntPtr hwnd, int command);
private const int SW_HIDE = 0;
private const int SW_SHOW = 1;
public Rectangle Bounds
{
get;
private set;
}
public TaskbarPosition Position
{
get;
private set;
}
public Point Location
{
get
{
return this.Bounds.Location;
}
}
public Size Size
{
get
{
return this.Bounds.Size;
}
}
//Always returns false under Windows 7
public bool AlwaysOnTop
{
get;
private set;
}
public bool AutoHide
{
get;
private set;
}
private IntPtr taskbarHandle;
public void Show()
{
ShowWindow(taskbarHandle, SW_SHOW);
}
public void Hide()
{
ShowWindow(taskbarHandle, SW_HIDE);
}
public Taskbar()
{
taskbarHandle = User32.FindWindow(Taskbar.ClassName, null);
APPBARDATA data = new APPBARDATA();
data.cbSize = (uint) Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(APPBARDATA));
data.hWnd = taskbarHandle;
IntPtr result = Shell32.SHAppBarMessage(ABM.GetTaskbarPos, ref data);
if (result == IntPtr.Zero)
throw new InvalidOperationException();
this.Position = (TaskbarPosition) data.uEdge;
this.Bounds = Rectangle.FromLTRB(data.rc.left, data.rc.top, data.rc.right, data.rc.bottom);
data.cbSize = (uint) Marshal.SizeOf(typeof(APPBARDATA));
result = Shell32.SHAppBarMessage(ABM.GetState, ref data);
int state = result.ToInt32();
this.AlwaysOnTop = (state & ABS.AlwaysOnTop) == ABS.AlwaysOnTop;
this.AutoHide = (state & ABS.Autohide) == ABS.Autohide;
}
}
public enum ABM : uint
{
New = 0x00000000,
Remove = 0x00000001,
QueryPos = 0x00000002,
SetPos = 0x00000003,
GetState = 0x00000004,
GetTaskbarPos = 0x00000005,
Activate = 0x00000006,
GetAutoHideBar = 0x00000007,
SetAutoHideBar = 0x00000008,
WindowPosChanged = 0x00000009,
SetState = 0x0000000A,
}
public enum ABE : uint
{
Left = 0,
Top = 1,
Right = 2,
Bottom = 3
}
public static class ABS
{
public const int Autohide = 0x0000001;
public const int AlwaysOnTop = 0x0000002;
}
public static class Shell32
{
[DllImport("shell32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
public static extern IntPtr SHAppBarMessage(ABM dwMessage, [In] ref APPBARDATA pData);
}
public static class User32
{
[DllImport("user32.dll", SetLastError = true)]
public static extern IntPtr FindWindow(string lpClassName, string lpWindowName);
}
[StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential)]
public struct APPBARDATA
{
public uint cbSize;
public IntPtr hWnd;
public uint uCallbackMessage;
public ABE uEdge;
public RECT rc;
public int lParam;
}
[StructLayout(LayoutKind.Sequential)]
public struct RECT
{
public int left;
public int top;
public int right;
public int bottom;
}
Taskbar taskbar = new Taskbar();
Console.WriteLine("Position: {0}, AlwaysOnTop: {1}; AutoHide: {2}; Bounds: {3}", taskbar.Position, taskbar.AlwaysOnTop, taskbar.AutoHide, taskbar.Bounds);
Console.WriteLine("Hide task bar for 5 sec");
taskbar.Hide();
Thread.Sleep(5*1000);
Console.WriteLine("Restore task bar!");
taskbar.Show();
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