Auto Hide Taskbar Not Working on Windows

Chris Campbell18 Mar 2022

The taskbar auto-hide feature might be useful for individuals who want a minimalistic layout or just need more screen space. With a few mouse clicks, you could take full use of the screen. However, there are times when the taskbar just won't hide. It can be frustrating when the taskbar fails to disappear even when it is programmed to do so automatically. When other applications, browsers, or programs are active on the screen, this could be rather bothersome. What can be done to remedy the situation? If you're experiencing such a problem, fixing it might be a straightforward effort if you know where to look.

Auto Hide Taskbar Windows 10

People are used to seeing the desktop with the taskbar, thus it might seem strange to see a Windows desktop without the taskbar. One of the most significant parts of the Windows operating system is that little bar at the bottom of the screen, positioned there by default. However, the taskbar is not particularly essential for power users. Many power users would want to hide the taskbar automatically because keyboard shortcuts allow them to navigate between applications and access the Start menu. Furthermore, this will allow for more screen space.

As with earlier Windows versions, you can also activate auto-hiding of the taskbar in Windows 10.

How To Hide Taskbar Windows 10

The Windows taskbar is useful for swiftly launching commonly used programs on your laptop. Some opt to conceal it, however, to save screen space. Windows 10's taskbar is incredibly customizable. You could move it around, merge windows into a single icon, and hide it completely and automatically from your screen. This is especially handy if you use full-screen apps and wish to conceal the taskbar when not in use.

Hiding the Taskbar in the Settings Menu

You can automatically hide the taskbar in the Settings window in just a few steps.

  • Right-click anywhere on the laptop's desktop and pick "Personalize" from the pop-up menu.
  • The "Settings" window will be shown. Choose "Taskbar" from the left-hand pane.
  • Alternatively, you can right-click the taskbar and pick "Taskbar Settings" from the menu.
  • You'll now be in the Taskbar Settings menu. Set the slider under "Automatically Hide The Taskbar In Desktop Mode" to "On." If your laptop can convert to tablet mode, you can conceal the taskbar by switching that option to "On."
  • Your taskbar will now be hidden automatically. This means that until you receive a notice from an app in the taskbar or move your cursor over the area where the taskbar should be, it will not appear.

Hiding the Taskbar Using the Command Prompt

If you want to behave like a hacker, you could toggle the auto-hide option on and off by typing commands in the Command Prompt.

  • To begin, launch the Command Prompt by entering "cmd" into the Windows Search box and then selecting the "Command Prompt" program.
  • Set the taskbar automatically hide option to on in Command Prompt by running the following command:

powershell -command "&$p='HKCU:SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerStuckRects3';$v=(Get-ItemProperty -Path $p).Settings;$v[8]=3;&Set-ItemProperty -Path $p -Name Settings -Value $v;&Stop

How To Hide Taskbar Windows 10 When Playing Games

Who doesn't get annoyed when the taskbar appears on the screen even when playing games in full-screen mode? This is a rather typical problem on Windows PCs, with many users complaining that the taskbar stays on the screen while playing.

Although the taskbar area has certain useful elements like the Start menu and volume control, they are not necessary when playing games. There are alternative shortcut buttons to access these functions, thus using the taskbar while playing full-screen games is a no-no. No need to worry, autohiding your taskbar while playing games on your laptop is quite easy.

Autohiding the Taskbar from the Desktop

The first way for hiding the taskbar while playing a game is fairly easy. This will result in the taskbar being hidden automatically while playing games in full-screen mode. However, if you drag your pointer to the taskbar, it will appear and you will have to alter the settings again:

  • Right-click on the taskbar with your mouse.
  • You will be presented with a range of options; select Taskbar Settings from the bottom of the list.
  • You'll now see choices like "Automatically Hide the Taskbar in Desktop Mode."
  • Toggle the Desktop Mode switch to "On."

Autohiding the Taskbar Using the Shortcut Key

Another fast and easy way to conceal the taskbar and play games in full-screen mode is to utilize the shortcut key. F11 is the shortcut key for all Windows users to go to full-screen mode. Keep in mind though that pressing F11 alone may not work in some laptops, therefore you may need to punch in a combination like Fn + F11.

Auto Hide Taskbar Not Working Windows 10

Auto-hiding the taskbar might be a terrific way to save up some space on your desktop. But now and again, it will stubbornly refuse to disappear when it is intended to. Here are some solutions to try if your taskbar autohide function isn't working.

Restart File Explorer or Windows Explorer

If the taskbar does not automatically hide when the mouse pointer is moved away from it and you are certain that the taskbar auto-hide is activated, a restart may be all that is required:

  • To launch Task Manager, you can either click Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on an empty area on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Select More Details.
  • Right-click on the Windows Explorer entry in the Processes tab and select Restart. That's all!

Remove Unnecessary Programs from the System Tray

If the taskbar fails to auto-hide, it's most likely due to a third-party application that has nothing to do with Windows 10. Several apps reside in the taskbar's system tray area, and some of them that are waiting for your action essentially block the taskbar from auto-hiding.

To identify the offending program:

  • Right-click on each icon in the system tray one by one and quit those apps one by one.
  • Once you're certain that no programs are running in the system tray, use Windows 10 for a while to see if the taskbar auto-hide works properly.
  • If the auto-hide is operating properly, open a previously closed program and continue using Windows. If the taskbar auto-hide still works, run another previously closed program and keep an eye on the taskbar for a little longer. You're OK to go if the taskbar remains hidden.

Auto-hiding the Windows Taskbar is a convenient option to have more screen space. While most of the time it works flawlessly, there is always the exception, the occasion when the Taskbar simply refuses to auto-hide, regardless of how many times you reboot your laptop. Follow the tips above so you can truly take advantage of your full screen.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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