Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 23, 2018)
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. The way you control whether the Taskbar is displayed or not varies depending on your version of windows.
If you are using Windows 7, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Taskbar tab of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
Windows 10 users should, instead, follow these steps:
Figure 2. The Taskbar section of the Settings dialog box.
The Taskbar should now be hidden. If you want to display it again, simply move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen where it would normally appear, and it should pop into view.
This tip (10801) applies to Windows 7 and 10.
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