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While a lot of people leave the Windows taskbar on for convenience, you can make it temporarily disappear when it isn’t needed, maximizing desktop space.
Below we’ve got separate instructions for the option in both Windows 10 and 11.
Windows gives you the option to hide the taskbar automatically when you’re not using it. This not only frees up screen space but also gives your desktop a minimalist appearance.
How to automatically hide the taskbar in Windows 11.
- Right-click the taskbar
- select Taskbar settings,
- Go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
- Open the Taskbar behaviors drop-down menu.
- Check Automatically hide the taskbar.
With this option on, you can access the taskbar at any time by bringing your mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen.
How To Automatically Hide Your Taskbar In Windows 10.
- Right-click the taskbar.
- In the right-click menu, select Taskbar settings.
- Toggle Automatically hides the taskbar in desktop mode. Optionally you can toggle Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode, but you’ll want a mouse or trackpad every time that’s active.
Why Is My Windows Taskbar Not Hiding?
When you hide the taskbar in Windows 11, several things can cause it to pop back up. It’s designed to automatically pop up when you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen, but notifications and apps can both cause it to pop up too. So if your taskbar isn’t hiding when it’s supposed to, a notification or app likely needs attention.
If your Windows 11 taskbar isn’t hiding, try these fixes:
- Check and clear your notifications. You can access notifications by clicking on the far right corner of the taskbar. If you have any notifications, click and read or clear them and see if the taskbar hides.
- Check for apps needing attention. Some of your apps may have permission to flash an alert on your taskbar, which will also cause the taskbar to pop up if it’s hidden or keep it from hiding at all. Click each open app on your taskbar, and the taskbar should hide after you’ve clicked on the one that’s presenting an alert.
- Close your apps. In some cases, you may need to close and restart your apps to get the taskbar to hide. If you clicked on each app and the taskbar didn’t hide, try closing all your open apps. If the taskbar hides, you can then open your apps again one at a time to see which one is causing a problem.
- Restart Windows Explorer. If you followed the steps in the previous section and the taskbar didn’t hide, you may need to restart Windows Explorer. You can do that by opening Task Manager, right-clicking Windows Explorer, and clicking Restart.
- Restart your computer. If the taskbar still doesn’t hide, restarting your computer will usually fix the problem.
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