Hiding the Taskbar when It is Not in Use

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 20, 2015)

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The Taskbar is an important part of the Windows interface. It appears at the bottom of the screen and includes the Start menu button, links to frequently used programs, Taskbar buttons for currently running programs, and a Notification area that includes lots of configuration icons.

Even though the Taskbar is important, you may want to hide it so that it doesn't detract from whatever you are working on at the time. Hiding it also allows you to "reclaim" more of the screen for the use of your programs. You can control whether the Taskbar is displayed or not by following these steps:

  1. Right click somewhere within a blank area of the Taskbar. (Don't right-click one of the icons on the Taskbar; right-click an area that contains no icons.) Windows displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Properties from the Context menu. Windows displays the Taskbar tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Taskbar tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.

  4. Select the Auto-Hide the Taskbar check box.
  5. Click on OK.

The Taskbar should now be hidden. If you want to display it again, simply move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen, and it should pop into view.

 This tip (10801) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-07-20 14:15:15

FEly

A shortcut that works is click on desktop then type alt, tab. The taskbar will appear with Windows highlighted. Then click on the desired task, or the desktop to make the taskbar withdraw.


2015-07-20 09:08:03

BHershman

Are there any shortcuts to hide and show the taskbar?


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