If you want to maximize the amount of screen space available when you are working on your PC, it is possible to make the taskbar at the bottom of the screen automatically hide when you don’t need it.

To make the taskbar automatically hide, follow the instructions below for the specific version of Windows that you are using.

If you are unsure which version of Windows is installed on your PC, follow the instructions in the article “What Windows version am I using?” to help you find out.

Windows XP

Move your mouse so that it is located over the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. (The taskbar is the bar that runs the full width of the screen and contains the windows start button) It looks something like this.

Windows XP tasbar.

Right mouse click and a window will appear.

Windows XP taskbar popup window.

Click on the line that says “Properties”.

Windows XP taskbar popup with properties circled.

A window will appear.

Windows XP taskbar properties window.

Click the tick box for “Auto-hide the task bar”.

Windows XP taskbar properties window with autohide circled.

Now click on the “OK” button to close the window.

Windows XP taskbar properties with OK button circled.

When the window closes, you will notice that the taskbar will disappear from the bottom of the screen, giving you more screen space to work with.

If you want the taskbar to appear, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will appear again.

Windows Vista

Move your mouse so that it is located over the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. (The taskbar is the bar that runs the full width of the screen and contains the windows start button) It looks something like this.

Windows Vista taskbar.

Right mouse click and a window will appear.

Vista taskbar popup window.

Click on the line that says “Properties”.

Vista taskbar popup window with properties circled.

A window will appear.

Vista taskbar properties window.

Click the tick box for “Auto-hide the task bar”.

Vista taskbar properties with auto hide circled.

Now click on the “OK” button to close the window.

Vista taskbar properties with OK button circled.

When the window closes, you will notice that the taskbar will disappear from the bottom of the screen, giving you more screen space to work with.

If you want the taskbar to appear, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will appear again.

Windows 7

Move your mouse so that it is located over the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. (The taskbar is the bar that runs the full width of the screen and contains the windows start button) It looks something like this.

Windows 7 taskbar.

Right mouse click and a window will appear.

Windows 7 taskbar popup window.

Click on the line that says “Properties”.

Windows 7 taskbar popup window with properties circled.

A window will appear.

Windows 7 taskbar properties window.

Click the tick box for “Auto-hide the task bar”.

Windows 7 taskbar properties with auto hide circled.

Now click on the “OK” button to close the window.

Windows 7 taskbar properties with OK button circled.

When the window closes, you will notice that the taskbar will disappear from the bottom of the screen, giving you more screen space to work with.

If you want the taskbar to appear, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will appear again.

Windows 8 / 8.1

From the Windows 8 / 8.1 start screen, tap or click on the Desktop tile.

Windows 8 desktop tile.

This will take you to the windows desktop. Now move your mouse so that it is located over the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. The taskbar is the bar that runs the full width of the desktop screen and looks something like this.

Windows 8 taskbar.

Right mouse click and a window will appear.

Windows 8 taskbar popup window.

Tap or click on the line that says “Properties”.

Windows 8 taskbar popup window with properties circled.

A window will appear.

Windows 8 taskbar properties window.

Tap or click the tick box for “Auto-hide the task bar”.

Windows 8 taskbar properties with auto hide circled.

Now tap or click on the “OK” button to close the window.

Windows 8 taskbar properties with OK button circled.

When the window closes, you will notice that the taskbar will disappear from the bottom of the screen, giving you more screen space to work with.

If you want the taskbar to appear, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will appear again.

Windows 10

Move your mouse so that it is located over the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. (The taskbar is the bar that runs the full width of the screen and contains the windows start button) It looks something like this.

Windows 10 taskbar.

Right mouse click and a window will appear.

Windows 10 taskbar popup window.

Click on the line that says “Properties”.

Windows 10 taskbar popup window with properties circled.

A window will appear.

Windows 10 taskbar properties  window.

Click the tick box for “Auto-hide the task bar”.

Windows 10 taskbar properties window  with auto hide circled.

Now click on the “OK” button to close the window.

Windows 10 taskbar properties  window with OK button circled.

When the window closes, you will notice that the taskbar will disappear from the bottom of the screen, giving you more screen space to work with.

If you want the taskbar to appear, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will appear again.

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