How to Hide the Windows 10 Taskbar

The Windows 10 taskbar might seem an essential part of the desktop, but you can always replace it with a third-party software dock. For example, you could add the Aqua Dock to desktop, covered in this Tech Junkie article, to replace the taskbar. Then it might be better to remove the taskbar, and you can do so with default options and extra software.

To remove the taskbar without any extra programs, right-click it and select Properties. That opens the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window in the snapshot below. The window includes an Auto-hide the taskbar option.

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So click the Auto-hide the taskbar setting on that tab. Then click Apply > OK to close the window. The taskbar will disappear from desktop as below.

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However, as this is an auto-hide option you can quickly restore the taskbar. The taskbar reappears when you move the cursor to the bottom of the desktop. As such, you can still switch between software windows.

You can also remove the taskbar with a hotkey with third-party software. Hide Taskbar is one program that enables you to remove the taskbar by pressing a keyboard shortcut. Click the Download button on its Softpedia page to save its Zip. Open the compressed folder, and click Extract all to unzip it. You can run it by selecting its exe in the extracted folder.

The program doesn’t have a configuration window, but has an icon in the system tray when up and running. Now press the Ctrl + Esc hotkey to remove the taskbar. You can only restore the taskbar by pressing the same keyboard shortcut again. To close the software, you should right-click its icon and select Exit.

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Hide Taskbar doesn’t include any hotkey customization options. An alternative program that you can customize and remove taskbar keyboard shortcut with is Taskbar Control. You can add it to Windows 10 from this Softpedia page much the same as HT.

When the software’s running, you should right-click the Taskbar Control system tray icon and select Settings to open the window directly below. Press a new hotkey that will remove the taskbar. Click the OK button, and press the new keyboard shortcut to hide and restore the taskbar.

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So that’s how you can remove the taskbar with or without hotkeys if ever required. Note that the programs covered here are compatible with all the more recent versions of Windows and are also portable apps you can store on USB stick. 

Posted by Matthew on August 5, 2016

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