Windows 10 – how to hide the taskbar?

The taskbar is an element located at the bottom of the screen, where we can find a list of open programs, as well as a number of icons for such things as sound, Internet connection, time or charge status (in the case of laptops). Most people prefer that it automatically disappears when we don’t have the mouse pointed at it, because otherwise it just gets in the way. So, how to hide the taskbar in Windows 10?

As a rule of thumb, this should be very easy to do, yet there may be occasional problems. Below we will discuss the possible causes of the problem manifested by the taskbar not disappearing even though it should. We will also explain step by step the best and most effective ways to hide the bar. Welcome!

Taskbar does not disappear – possible causes

Before we explain how to hide the taskbar, it’s worth leaning for a moment on the question of why the taskbar might not disappear, although in theory it should. The potential reasons for this are relatively numerous.

One of them could be unchecking the option related to hiding the bar in Settings (this is possible, for example, after some update or after giving access to the hardware to a child or other not quite sure person). The disappearance of the bar can also block any of the open programs (for example, when a notification like “Do you want to save your work before closing the program?” pops up in one of them).

Sometimes it’s just that there was an error while switching to full screen mode. Whatever the reason, as a general rule, fixing a problem with a non-disappearing bar should not be particularly difficult (nor should it require any special tools or skills). Rarely is a non-disappearing taskbar a symptom of a very serious failure that would require radical steps.

How to hide the taskbar? The best ways

If you want to know how to hide the taskbar, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that the taskbar is automatically hidden. To do so, hover over it, right-click and select “Taskbar Settings” from the list that appears.

Then move the sliders next to “Automatically hide taskbar in PC mode” and “Automatically hide taskbar in tablet mode” to the on position if they are currently in the off position. In many cases, this should solve the problem and make the bar start hiding as it should.

If that doesn’t work, check to see if any open program or folder is highlighted in the taskbar. This could mean, for example, that one of them has displayed a notification that requires a response so that the taskbar can be hidden. An example of this would be the aforementioned saving the effects of your work before closing the program.

In case that doesn’t help either, press F11 to enter full-screen mode and then F11 again to exit it. Also try closing all programs and restarting them. As a last resort, restart your computer. If absolutely nothing works, consider scanning your computer with a good antivirus program as well as AdwCleaner.

Taskbar hiding – summary

We hope that we have answered the question of how to hide the taskbar thoroughly and after reading the above tips (and putting them into practice) you will no longer have the problem with the taskbar that does not want to disappear. If you don’t want the taskbar to hide at all, all you have to do is set the “Automatically hide taskbar in PC mode” and “Automatically hide taskbar in tablet mode” options to “Off” in the Taskbar Settings.

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