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How to Hide the Windows 11 Taskbar

While the taskbar on Windows 11 doesn’t take up too much room, on a small display, you might want it to automatically hide.

The Taskbar on Windows 11 is centered on the bottom of the screen by default. It appears that Microsoft is only going to allow us to move it to the lower-left corner of the screen. Unless something changes, you won’t be able to move it to the right, left, or top of the screen as on previous versions of Windows. But one thing that is still possible is hiding it.

How to Hide the Taskbar on Windows 11

To get started, you need to open Taskbar settings. To do that, right-click the taskbar and click on the Taskbar settings button that pops up.

Taskbar Settings Windows 11

The Settings page will open to the “Personalization” section. Scroll down the list and click on the Taskbar: “Taskbar behaviors, system pins” button.

Personalization Taskbar Settings Taskbar Windows 11

Next, scroll down and click on the Taskbar behaviors (Taskbar alignment, badging, automatically hide, and multiple displays) dropdown menu. Then check the box labeled “Automatically hide the taskbar,” and you’ll see the taskbar disappear. You can then close out of Settings.

automatically hide taskbar windows 11

Note that when you close out of Settings, the taskbar will appear briefly and automatically hide again. There will also be a “sliver” of the taskbar that appears at the bottom. It’s barely noticeable. If you move your mouse down to the bottom of the screen, the taskbar will pop up right away. And then you can use it like normal. When you move your mouse off the taskbar, it will automatically hide again.

Hiding the taskbar allows your apps to take up the full screen without having it in the way. The taskbar only takes up a small portion of the screen; still, it’s nice to reclaim every inch of screen real estate – especially on smaller screens.

For more on the Windows 11 taskbar, check out our article on removing Widgets. Or read our piece on pinning apps from the Windows 11 Start Menu to the taskbar.

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