How To Hide Taskbar in Windows 10 for Cleaner Look

To increase the overall screen space and make the desktop look cleaner, you can hide the Taskbar in Windows 10. Here are the steps to do so.

For almost any Windows user, the taskbar is one of the most valuable and used parts of the operating system. The taskbar is only second to the File Explorer and Start menu when it comes to usability and versatility.

You can pin your favorite apps on the taskbar and switch to already opened applications with just a single click. Not to mention, the included jump lists allow you to access an application’s previously used files, locations, or events directly. If needed, you can also add custom taskbar widgets like network monitor, quick links, weather reports, etc.

Though the taskbar is hugely helpful, you might want to hide it from plain sight. This is especially true if you think the taskbar is in the way. The benefit of hiding the taskbar is that it will increase the overall vertical screen space and makes the desktop look clear without that thick bar at the bottom.

The good thing is, Windows 10 has an option to hide the taskbar. All you have to do is enable the auto-hide taskbar option. In this short and straightforward guide, let me show you how to hide Taskbar in Windows 10.

Steps to Hide Taskbar in Windows 10

From the Windows 10 settings app, you can auto-hide the taskbar. The good thing about following this method is that you get the best of both worlds. i.e., you don’t lose any taskbar functionality, and the taskbar is hidden from plain sight.

Follow these steps to hide Taskbar from Windows 10 Settings app.

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar.
  2. Select the “Taskbar settings” option.
  3. Turn on the “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” option.
  4. Turn on the “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode” option.
  5. Close the Settings app.

First, right-click on the taskbar and select the “Taskbar settings” option. Next, turn on the “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode” options. After that, close the Settings app.

turn on auto-hide to hide taskbar in Windows 10

From now on, the taskbar won’t appear on the screen. To show or unhide the taskbar, move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen. To hide it back, move the mouse pointer away from the taskbar.

hidden taskbar in Windows 10

Use registry to hide taskbar

Back up the registry before making any changes.

To hide the taskbar using registry editor, follow these steps.

First, search for “Registry Editor” in the Start menu and open it. In the registry editor, paste the below path in the address bar and press Enter. This will take you to the “StuckRects3” folder.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects3

Double-click on the “Settings” value on the right panel.

open taskbar settings registry value

In the “Edit Binary Value” window, modify the second entry of the first column to “02” and click “Ok.” Refer to the below image.

use registry to hide taskbar in windows

Next, close the registry editor and restart Windows 10.

After restarting, the taskbar will auto-hide.

To disable auto-hide, follow the same steps but in step 3, change the value to “03” and click “Ok.”

use registry to unhide taskbar in windows

That is all. It is that simple to hide the taskbar in Windows 10.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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