How to Hide Windows 10 Taskbar

Although the Windows 10 taskbar feels like a basic part of the desktop operating system, it is actually a modular component that can be easily replaced and/or modified. One common approach to the taskbar is to replace the taskbar by installing a third-party software dock such as Aqua Dock, which is covered in this article.

If you choose to add a new taskbar, we recommend that you actually remove the built-in version and replace it with custom options and additional software. Whatever you decide, this article will show you how to hide the Windows 10 taskbar.

How To Hide Your Taskbar On Windows 10

  1. To hide the taskbar without permanently uninstalling or installing new software, right-click on the taskbar and it is located at the bottom of the Taskbar Settings menu.
  2. Next, click the toggle switch On to Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode or Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode depending on Windows mode and close the window.

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  1. The taskbar will disappear from the desktop as shown below.

Whenever the mouse is over the taskbar area for more than a millisecond, the taskbar reappears and hides again as soon as you move the mouse.

How to unhide the taskbar

However, this is an auto-hide option, so you can quickly restore the taskbar. Move the cursor to the bottom of the desktop and the taskbar will reappear. So you can still switch between windows.

To disable the auto-hide feature, follow the steps shown above, then click the toggle switch again to Off.

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Hide Taskbar With Software

Third-party software can also remove the taskbar with a shortcut.

Hide the taskbar using Hide Taskbar

Hide Taskbar is one of the programs that allows you to get rid of the taskbar by pressing a keyboard shortcut.

  1. Click Download Now to save the Softpedia page ZIP.
  2. Open the compressed folder and extract Extract all . You can select the .exe from the unzipped folder and run it.
  3. The program doesn’t have a configuration window, but it does have an icon in the system tray when it’s running. Now Ctrl + Esc shortcut to remove taskbar. You can restore the taskbar by pressing the same keyboard shortcut again.
  4. To close the software, right-click on its icon and select Exit .

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Hiding the taskbar does not include options for customizing shortcuts. An alternative program that allows you to customize and remove taskbar keyboard shortcuts is Taskbar Control.

Hide the taskbar using taskbar controls

  1. When the software is running, right-click on the taskbar control system tray icon and open the window just below Settings.
  2. Press the new shortcut you want to remove the taskbar from.
  3. Click OK and press the new keyboard shortcut to hide and restore the taskbar.

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Taskbar and Windows 10

So you can remove the taskbar with or without hotkeys if you need to. The programs covered here are compatible with all latest versions of Windows and are also portable apps that can be stored on a USB stick. Windows 10 is very rich in features that allow you to choose and optimize your user experience. For one example of many, check out our article on changing mouse speed in Windows 10.