How to fix Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue

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The Windows Taskbar is a quintessential part of the whole Windows experience. Launched first with the Windows 95 the feature has evolved and become indispensable.

However, it seems like many of us are unaware of how to hide the taskbar in order to enjoy a distraction-free desktop.

Yes, some of the users do prefer a neat looking desktop and the Taskbar kind of sticks out like a sore thumb even when it is not required.

Thankfully Microsoft has baked in a feature that lets Windows users hide the taskbar. The feature has been carried over to the Windows 10 from the previous versions.

However recently some of the users have been complaining that the taskbar hiding option is not working on the Windows 10. Let us walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to hide the taskbar in Windows 10.

The feature can be accessed by heading over to Settings>Personalization>Taskbar. As a subset of the feature one will be able to “”Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and in “Tablet mode.”

The desktop mode is useful for desktops and laptop PCs. However, if you happen to own a convertible then the second option makes more sense.

Windows 10 Taskbar not hiding?

The feature to hide Windows 10 Taskbar is pretty reliable but it does have its fair share of troubles. The most common complaint is when the Windows 10 Taskbar is not hiding. In this segment, we will troubleshoot the issue and resolve the same.

Before starting with the actual troubleshooting steps it is important for us to understand on why the Windows 10 Taskbar is not hiding. In all likelihood, it is an active program icon that is stopping the Windows Taskbar from disappearing.

This usually happens if one of the apps in the taskbar is trying to inform the users of a completed task or a new notification. In this, such a case attending to the notification will resolve the problem.

On a related note, the Windows also runs a slew of apps in the background and these apps may be your culprit as well. That being said sometimes the Taskbar fails to hide even after attending to all the notifications.

Restart the Windows File Explorer

One of the best and the easiest way to fix this problem is by restarting the Windows File Explorer. Follow the steps detailed below in order to restart the Windows File Explorer,

  • Open the Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Click on more details
  • Right-click on the Windows Explorer process and select “Restart”

Once the Windows File Explorer is restarted try clicking anywhere on the Desktop, the Taskbar should now hide automatically. Please ensure that the mouse is not on the taskbar while clicking.

Taskbar Preferences


If the above steps don’t solve your issue its time we employ some advanced tactics.

In rare cases, the Taskbar not hiding issue is also caused by programs that are not displayed directly on the Taskbar but are within the arrow icon. In order to set this straight, we need to head over to the Taskbar preferences by following the steps detailed below,

  • Head over to Personalisation>Taskbar in the Settings
  • Under the “Notification Area” header Choose “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”

Now you can figure out which application is causing the issue by toggling “Always show all icons in the notification area” to off position.

In the meanwhile, you can disable apps that you think beam notifications unnecessary. The Notification can be disabled in entirety by heading over to “Notifications & Options” and toggling “Get Notifications from apps and other senders” to an off position.



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