4 ways to hide the Windows taskbar

4 ways to hide the Windows taskbar
4 ways to hide the Windows taskbar
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When you are not using the Windows taskbar, you can hide it in order to have more space on your screen and better see your desktop wallpaper. If you are using Windows 10, you can hide the taskbar from the menu Settings. If you are using an earlier version of Windows, go to the properties of the bar, to hide it. If your taskbar won't go off or remains hidden, there are a few simple tips you can try.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Hide taskbar in Windows 10

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Step 1. Right click on the taskbar

Select Settings. Make sure you right click on a blank space and not on an icon. To right-click on a touchscreen, press and hold your finger on the taskbar for a few moments, then release your finger. This will bring up the context menu.

  • Alternatively, you can open the menu To start up, to select Settings and click on Customization then on Taskbar in the menu on the left.
  • If after the right click, the option Properties is displayed instead of the option Settings, this means that you are running an outdated version of Windows 10. You can follow the instructions in the next section to hide the taskbar.
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Step 2. Enable Auto-hide taskbar in desktop mode

It will be immediately hidden. It will always be hidden whenever your computer is in desktop mode. If your computer isn't a tablet, this is the only setting you need to worry about.

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Step 3. Enable Auto-hide taskbar in tablet mode

This will hide the taskbar whenever your computer is in tablet mode. You can switch from desktop mode to tablet mode by pressing the button Notifications in the lower right corner of the desktop and selecting Tablet mode.

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Step 4. Open the taskbar by moving your mouse towards the bottom of the screen

When you place your cursor at the bottom of the screen, the taskbar will appear. It will be hidden again if you remove the cursor.

If you are using a tablet, you can bring up the taskbar by swiping up from the bottom of the screen

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Step 5. Change the location of the taskbar

You can use the menu Location of the taskbar on the screen to change the location of the bar. It is best to have it on the side or at the top of the screen. The change will take effect immediately.

Method 2 of 4: Hide the taskbar in Windows 8, 7 and Vista

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Step 1. Right click on the taskbar

Then select Properties. If you are using Windows 8, select Office in the menu To start up or press the ⊞ Win + D keys beforehand to open the desktop display.

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Step 2. Select the Automatically hide taskbar check box

This option can be found in the tab Taskbar.

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Step 3. Click Apply

You will see the taskbar disappear. You can click on OK to close the menu or adjust other options.

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Step 4. Reveal the taskbar using the mouse cursor

Move the cursor down the screen to bring up the taskbar again. It will be hidden again if you remove the cursor.

Method 3 of 4: Troubleshoot problems

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Step 1. Detect the programs that keep the taskbar open

If a program icon flashes in the taskbar, the bar cannot be closed. Click the program icon in the bar to access the program and prevent the icon from blinking.

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Step 2. Check the icons in the system tray

The system status bar is located in the lower right corner of the screen near the clock. Like program icons in the taskbar, icons in the system tray keep the bar open to send you notifications. Click on the icon with the notification to see what the program needs.

Some icons may be hidden. Click on the arrow to the left of the row of icons, to see hidden icons

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Step 3. Turn off notifications for specific programs

If you often dismiss notifications or if a notification doesn't go away and the taskbar doesn't disappear, you can try turning off all notifications.

  • Windows 10: click on the menu To start up and select Settings. Click on System then on Notifications and actions. Turn off notifications for specific apps or turn them all off at the top of the list.
  • Windows 8, 7 and Vista: click on the arrow to expand the system tray then click on Personalize. Find the app for which you want to turn off notifications, then select Hide icons and notifications.
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Step 4. Try to reapply the settings

Sometimes disabling and then re-enabling the taskbar display causes a taskbar to appear that does not disappear. Open Settings (Windows 10) or window Properties again and then deactivate the option that automatically hides the bar. Click on To apply (Windows 8 and earlier). Once the option is disabled, enable it again and apply the settings.

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Step 5. Reset Windows Explorer

This is the Windows user interface. Resetting it may fix taskbar issues.

  • Hold Ctrl + ⇧ Shift and right click on the taskbar.
  • Select Exit Explorer from the menu. The bar as well as the icons and folders will disappear.
  • Press the Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + Esc keys to open the task manager.
  • Click on File → Run a new task.
  • Type To explore and press the Enter key. This will reload Explorer.

Method 4 of 4: Troubleshoot issues in Windows 10

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Step 1. Press ⊞ Win + R

Then type powershell to open PowerShell. If you are using Windows 10 and the taskbar does not remain hidden, you can try using the PowerShell utility to resolve the issue.

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Step 2. Right click on the PowerShell icon in the taskbar

Select Execute as administrator. Confirm your wish to continue. This will open a new PowerShell “Administrator” window.

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Step 3. Copy and paste the following command

Make sure you paste it in the window Administrator.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$ ($ _. InstallLocation) AppXManifest.xml"}

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Step 4. Run the command

You may see some errors while executing the command, something you can ignore without worrying about security issues.

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Step 5. Click on the Start menu after executing the command

You will see that the bar will and will remain hidden as it should.

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