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Here’s How to Hide the Taskbar in Windows 10

Izabelle Hundrev
Izabelle Hundrev  |  October 29, 2019

A taskbar is a useful tool for navigation.

On the flip side, it can also crowd your desktop with unnecessary clutter. If you’re not the biggest fan of using the taskbar, I have good news for you: it’s pretty easy to hide it in Windows 10.

In this quick and easy tutorial, we walk through the steps you need to take in order to hide the taskbar on your Windows 10 device.

Hiding the taskbar in Windows 10

To hide the taskbar, start on your desktop screen.

Step 1: Right-click on an open space anywhere on the taskbar

The first step is to hover your mouse anywhere over the taskbar and right-click. This action will automatically open up a menu, which we will go over in the next step.

Step 2: Select “Taskbar settings” 

You can see that you have a variety of options on where to go next. Select Taskbar settings from this menu.

select taskbar settings to hide taskbar in windows 10

Selecting "Taskbar settings" will take you to the next screen that lists all of the taskbar settings and preferences.

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Step 3: Click the switch under “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”

On this screen, the next step is to click the switch under Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.

Once selected, the switch will turn blue.

If you’re using a tablet, you have the same option to auto-hide the taskbar by selecting the option below that reads Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

Select off to hide taskbar in Windows 10 settingsThis will automatically hide the taskbar. To access it, all you have to do is hover your mouse over the bottom of the screen (or whichever side of the screen your taskbar was originally located on).

Note: If you find yourself missing the convenience of having the taskbar on your screen, you can always undo this action by toggling the switch to say “Off.”

No taskbar, no problem

That’s all there is to it. Whether you like or hate the taskbar, Windows 10 makes it easy to switch between both options to find what will work best for you.

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Izabelle Hundrev

Izabelle Hundrev

Izabelle is a Content Marketing Associate who joined G2 in April 2018. After earning a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Izabelle moved back to her hometown of Chicago in pursuit of a career and deep dish pizza. Outside of work, she is passionate about all things pop culture, food, and travel. (she/her/hers)