Windows taskbar is a way for the user to communicate with Windows. It keeps a tab of every open and running application on your computer, and you can skip from one window to another with just a single click. Users also pin application shortcuts in this taskbar to open up an application with just a single click. By default, the Windows taskbar is set to show up at the bottom of the screen as a single tray.
But there is an option to hide this taskbar. You can either set it to hide completely and click on the taskbar and drag it up to use it. Or you can allow it to show up when you hover your mouse cursor over the taskbar area. But for some reason, recently, many Windows users have not been able to hide their taskbar properly. If you are one of those users, this article will you out. Here, we have listed down the solutions that you can try to fix this issue. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.
How to fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not Hiding Properly?
Hiding the taskbar gives power users the ability to make the most of the entire screen real estate. The applications running on the computer then takes up the entire screen.
But this hiding feature does not always work perfectly. Let’s take a look at what we can do to fix this.
Click somewhere else:
As minimal as it may sound, simply clicking anywhere on the desktop sometimes helps with this error. But it would be best if you minimized everything running on your computer before trying this out. Once you have minimized everything, click anywhere but the taskbar area and that should solve the taskbar problem.
Make sure Autohide is turned on:
The next thing that you should do is check whether the autohide feature is turned on or off. You might think that it is on, but for some reason, it might be turned off.
- Click on the Windows search bar and look for “Taskbar.”
- Taskbar Settings will show up in the results. Here, click on Open to open up the Taskbar Settings window.
- Check whether the toggle for “Automatically hide the taskbar in the desktop mode” is turned on or off in the Taskbar settings window. If it is set to off, turn it on.
- As an added precaution, turn on the toggle for the setting “Automatically hide the taskbar in the tablet mode” as well.
If you are still facing problems hiding the taskbar, try the next solution.
Restart Windows explorer:
When multiple Windows applications run simultaneously, the computer might have issues running simple Windows tasks, like the Windows explorer. If the Windows Explorer is acting up, you will face issues hiding your taskbar. So you should try restarting this application and check whether that solves the problem or not.
- Click on the Windows search bar and look for “Task Manager.”
- Task Manager will show up in the results. Here, click on Open to open up the Task Manager window.
- Now, click on the processes tab of the Task Manager window.
- In the list below, you will find Windows Explorer. Click on it and choose the Restart button in the bottom right corner of the task manager window.
This will restart the windows explorer, and that should help with the taskbar problem. If it still resides after this, try the next solution mentioned below.
Any application requires your permission:
Applications get notifications from time to time which does not go away until the user checks it. When there is a notification from an application, the application icon will pop up in the taskbar. And the taskbar won’t go away until you check it.
- Click on the Windows search bar and look for “Settings.”
- Settings will show up in the results. Here, click on Open to open up the Windows Settings window.
- In the Windows Settings window, click on the “System” icon.
- In the left pane, click on “Notifications & Actions.”
- In the right pane, you will see a setting called Notification. Under it, there will be a toggle. You can turn off this toggle to prevent any app from showing any notification to you.
- If you want some applications to show notifications, you can selectively pick out the apps you want notifications for. For that, scroll down on the right pane and look for the section called “Get notifications from these senders.” Here, you will see a list of all installed apps with toggles next to them. You can use these toggles to turn notifications on or off for a particular application selectively.
Check System tray icon:
Just like the usual apps running in the foreground showing notifications prevents the taskbar from hiding, the apps running in the background also does the same. These applications can be accessed from the system tray located in the bottom right corner of your taskbar.
To solve this problem, you can either check the notification of the background application or disable it entirely. To check the notification, click on the system tray icon in the right corner of the taskbar. It will be a small upward arrow icon. That will display the applications running in the background. Click on the application that is showing a notification.
You can also force quit this application by right-clicking on the icon in the system tray and choosing Exit or Quit.
So, this should solve your problem with the Windows Taskbar not hiding properly. If you have any questions or queries about this article, then comment below, and we will get back to you. Also, be sure to check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more helpful information.