The taskbar is the thin strip of applications, composing the Start/Windows button, and a quick access tray on your PC. It’s a very helpful feature that’s been a part of the Windows interface forever. You can instantly access different apps and add/remove the apps of your choice to/from the taskbar.
The taskbar is supposed to hide when you move the cursor away from it (if you have enabled auto-hide). However, it is not always very obedient. It can sometimes refuse to obey this programming and stay put even when you open web pages or browse through different applications. It can get pretty irritating — and if you’re facing this irritation, we bring you some fixes to help solve the situation.
But, first, let’s talk about hiding the Taskbar in Windows 11.
- 1 How does Automatically Hiding the Taskbar Work?
- 2 Auto-hide Windows 11 taskbar
- 3 FAQ’s
- 4 How To Auto-Hide Taskbar In Windows 11 Video Tutorial
How does Automatically Hiding the Taskbar Work?
‘Automatically hide the Taskbar’ is a Taskbar behavior setting in Windows 11 that allows you to hide your taskbar — automatically. All you need to do is move the cursor away from the taskbar, and it gets hidden. Hiding the taskbar makes your desktop look cleaner and creates more space.
With Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a refreshed taskbar and Start menu. By default, the taskbar uses a centered layout and does not support moving it to the screen’s top, left, or right.
As with the case of previous versions, the Windows 11 taskbar does not take much area of the screen. However, if you are running Windows 11 on a relatively small screen, hiding the taskbar when it’s not in use can give you more space on your screen.
Users who do not want to see the taskbar can always configure it to auto-hide. In fact, if you are a keyboard addict, you do not need the taskbar. You can use the Alt + Tab to switch between apps and use the Windows + S or Windows logo key to open the search (which brings up the taskbar as well). The only time you probably need to bring up the taskbar is when you want to see the date and time!
When the taskbar auto-hide option is turned on, the taskbar disappears from the screen. To see the taskbar, you need to move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen (the default position of the taskbar on the screen) or press the Windows logo key to reveal the taskbar.
Here is how to enable the auto-hide taskbar in Windows 11.
Auto-hide Windows 11 taskbar
NOTE: If you are on a multiple display setup and configured Windows 11 to show taskbar on all displays, the taskbar will auto-hide on all screens when you turn on the auto-hide option.
Step 1: Perform a right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar and click Taskbar settings to open the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.
Step 2: Here, on the right side, click on Taskbar behaviors.
Step 3: Check the box next to Automatically hide the taskbar option to auto-hide the taskbar.
Uncheck the same option when you want to turn off the taskbar auto-hide feature.
Tip: If the taskbar fails to appear or disappear, restarting the Windows Explorer process via Task Manager will fix the issue. If this does not resolve the issue, reboot your PC.
1. Why won’t my Taskbar hide in Windows 11?
2. How do I make the Taskbar auto-hide?
You can hide the taskbar both in desktop mode and tablet mode. Press and hold or right-click any empty space on the taskbar, select Taskbar settings, select Taskbar behaviors, and select Automatically hide the taskbar.
3. Why does my taskbar not hide?
Windows allows the user to customize the taskbar and make respective changes in the settings. If the system shows the error – taskbar won’t hide, then the user must first verify that the taskbar isn’t locked at the taskbar settings. Also, the taskbar has an automatically hide taskbar feature enabled in the settings.
4. Why doesn’t my taskbar hide when I go fullscreen?
If your taskbar doesn’t hide even with the auto-hide feature turned on, it’s most likely an application’s fault. If the status of the app changes often, it’s causing your taskbar to stay open. When you’re having issues with fullscreen applications, videos or documents, check your running apps and close them one by one.
How To Auto-Hide Taskbar In Windows 11 Video Tutorial
In this video, we will show you how to auto-hide the taskbar in Windows 11 and you can try it whenever you want.