How to Hide the Taskbar Automatically in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to automatically hide or make the Taskbar disappear in Windows 11 to make the screen bigger.

The new Windows 11 comes with many cool features and a refreshing new graphical interface, including a centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded windows corners, themes, and colors that make the OS look more modern and cohesive.

One setting that Windows has always had is to configure the Taskbar to automatically hide or disappear when out of focus to make the screen look bigger.

This setting can come in handy, especially on smaller screens.

To get started with auto-hiding the Taskbar in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

Auto-hide Windows Taskbar

Hiding or making the Taskbar disappear when out of focus isn’t new. It has been there since Windows XP.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the Taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, then select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Taskbar settings pane, click on Taskbar behaviors, then check the box that reads “Automatically hide the taskbar“.

This setting will automatically hide the Taskbar when it’s out of focus. When you want the Taskbar to reappear, simply hover the bottom of your screen to bring it back into focus.

If you don’t want the Taskbar to disappear, reverse the above changes. Go back to the System Settings –> Personalization –> Taskbar –> Taskbar behaviors and uncheck the box to automatically hide the Taskbar.

That’s it!


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Richard W

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Chernock

    Now my taskbar will not re-appear when I hover over it.

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