How to Hide the Taskbar Automatically in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to automatically hide or make the taskbar disappear in Windows 11 to make the screen bigger.

The new Windows 11 comes with many cool features and refreshing new graphical interface, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded windows corners, themes and colors that make the OS look more modern and cohesive.

One setting that Windows has always have is to configure the taskbar to automatically hide or disappear when out of focus to make the screen look bigger. This setting can come in handy especially on smaller screens.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with auto hiding the taskbar in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

Auto hide Windows Taskbar

Hiding or making the taskbar to disappear when out of focus isn’t new. In fact it has been there since Windows XP.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, then select Taskbar on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 taskbar settings

On the Taskbar settings pane, click on Taskbar behaviors, then check the box under that reads “Automatically hide the taskbar“.

windows auto hide taskbar

This setting will automatically hide the taskbar when it’s out of focus. When you want the taskbar to reappear, simply hover the bottom of your screen to bring it back into focus.

If you decide you don’t want the taskbar to disappear, simply reverse the changes above. Go back to the System Settings –> Personalization –> Taskbar –> Taskbar behaviors and uncheck the box to automatically hide the taskbar.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to make the taskbar automatically hide in Windows 11. If you find any errors above please use the comment form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. Michael Chernock

    Now my taskbar will not re-appear when I hover over it.

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