Is it possible to configure the taskbar to auto-hide after a certain period of time in Raspbian “wheezy” soft-float?

I was able to do something similar for the cursor by downloading a application called "unclutter". Is there any way to do this for the taskbar?

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Right-click on the taskbar and select "Panel Settings". Click on the "Advanced" tab, and check "Minimize panel when not in use".

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    Follow up question, how do you programmatically set this setting? Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 0:32

FYI to have it gone all the time.

Edit the file /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

  1. comment out the line @lxpanel --profile LXDE-pi with # symbol

  2. reboot and the panel should disapear

Still working on Raspbian Buster

Find the original source here

  • I believe this makes it disappear forever.
    – user96931
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 1:15
  • True, I've updated my answer to follow suit. This is the option I needed to use but realize that won't be true for everyone. Commented Apr 11, 2020 at 20:05

Setting autohide=1 and heightwhenhidden=0 in /etc/xdg/lxpanel/LXDE-pi/panels/panel

If you want to do this via the shell:

sudo sed -i "s/autohide=.*/autohide=1/" /etc/xdg/lxpanel/LXDE-pi/panels/panel
sudo sed -i "s/heightwhenhidden=.*/heightwhenhidden=0/" /etc/xdg/lxpanel/LXDE-pi/panels/panel

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