Fix: Taskbar not hiding in Windows 10

The Windows Taskbar is one of the most useful part of UI that we have been using. Not many of us have fiddled around with settings when it comes to the taskbar, however, the fact remains that you can Auto-Hide the Taskbar and this is something that you may want to do if you prefer the uncluttered look. Without the Taskbar, perhaps you would like the extra space the desktop has to offer.

Just like the previous iterations Windows 10 v1703 Creators Update is also offering the feature to hide the taskbar and the same can be found by heading over to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. Here you will find an option that will let you “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and the other which reads “Automatically hide the taskbar in the tablet mode.”

Taskbar not hiding in Windows 10

In case you use the Windows 10 device as a tablet by switching on the tablet mode you can choose the second option. On the other hand, if you want the Taskbar to automatically hide when in Desktop mode you can select the first option.

After enabling the hide taskbar feature one can bring up the taskbar by simply hovering the mouse over the same and this feature has worked flawlessly for me until now. Recently I have made an observation that the Taskbar refused to hide!

Taskbar not hiding in Windows 10

If this happens to you first, please check if any of the app icons is flashing, if yes close the app completely. The same applies for apps running in the background. However, in my case, the issue persisted and needed further troubleshooting.

If you face the issue of Taskbar not hiding on your Windows 10 PC, here are a few things you could try:

1] Open Windows Task Manager, identify the process by the name “Windows Explorer” and right-click on the same and then cick on Restart and ensure that the explorer.exe process restarts.

The above step ensures that all the duplicate instances of the Windows explorer is killed and in the meanwhile.

2] Yet another anomaly I observed is that background apps prevent the Taskbar from hiding. So set which icons should show in the Taskbar. It is for this reason that I would personally suggest you go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and click on “Which icons appear on the taskbar.” After this we recommend you to choose “Always show all icons in the notification area.” By enabling this option you will be able to zero in on the troublemaker pretty easily and can remove the same from the taskbar.

3] If this does not work for you, again head over to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. From here toggle off the “Get notifications from apps and other senders” – or else try ticking off individual programs from the list.

The bottom line is that you can hide the taskbar in several ways and the latest Windows version also gives you a better control over how the notifications can be handled.

4] It could also be some desktop software which may be programmatically making the taskbar visible. See if any 3rd-party software is preventing this. If so, disable this icon from appearing on the taskbar. Disable showing of notifications for such problematic taskbar icons.

5] If nothing helps, see if it occus in the Clean Boot State. If it does not, you may have to manually troubleshoot and identify the offending process that is causing the Taskbar to not auto-hide. If id happens even in Clean Boot State, you may have to Run DISM to repair your system image. The easiest way to do this is to download our freeware FixWin and click on the Repair Windows System Image button.

Do note that auto-hiding of the taskbar is not supported on Windows Tablet PCs where only touch or pen screen input is being utilized with no keyboard or mouse.

The Auto-hide taskbar feature will hide the taskbar and the start button. If you want to hide only the taskbar, and not the Start Button, use our freeware Hide Taskbar. It lets you hide or show the taskbar with a hotkey.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Windows enthusiast, a blogger & a keen follower of everything Microsoft. He loves to keep a track of the Windows ecosystem and enjoys covering Windows 10 features & freeware.