Just because the Windows taskbar contains a ton of useful information doesn’t mean you want to see it all the time. If you want to learn how to hide the taskbar in Windows – at least if you do things other than gaming – you’ve come to the right place.
Depending on the version of Windows you are currently using, the process may differ slightly. Regardless, it’s still relatively easy. The opposite is easy too, so if you find yourself needing the taskbar in the future, bringing it back is just as easy. Here’s how.
Automatically hide the Windows taskbar
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Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar (it should be on the taskbar itself, not anywhere on the screen) and select Taskbar settings from the resulting menu.
Step 2: On the Settings page that appears, look for the options that say Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode and Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode (if applicable). Make sure they are both turned over On. Turning them on and off will give you a preview of what it’s like with the taskbar hidden – it should disappear from view at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: When you are satisfied with the results, just close it Settings window. The taskbar is now hidden!
If you find you need the taskbar in the future, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will magically reappear. When you’re done, move your mouse away and the taskbar will slide out of view again.
If you eventually find yourself missing your old pal taskbar, it’s just as easy to always bring it back to the bottom of your screen as it is to auto-hide it in the first place. Just repeat the steps above and deactivate the settings button instead of activating it.
Windows 7 or older
If you are using an older version of Windows, you really need to upgrade now due to lack of support for the old OS. But the process for hiding the taskbar is much the same; the menus are just not that nice.
Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and click Properties.
Step 2: In the windows of the taskbar menu that appears, check the box that reads Hide the taskbar automatically.
The taskbar should now be hidden and you can access it in the same way as you would in Windows 10. If you want to reactivate the taskbar, simply repeat the steps above and uncheck the appropriate box.
Now that you have your taskbar where you want it, here are some other tips for getting the best out of it. While you’re at it, why not take a few extra steps to speed up your Windows experience?