Windows Tip: Auto Hide Taskbar

You can find the Windows taskbar at the bottom of your screen (unless you've moved it). It stores your start menu, buttons for open programs, system tray icons, and clock. If you have a small monitor, you might want to hide the Windows taskbar to free up valuable monitor real estate.

To auto hide the taskbar, follow these directions:

  1. Right-click any blank portion of your taskbar.
  2. Click on Properties from the menu.
  3. The Taskbar Properties box will appear. On the Taskbar tab check the "Auto hide" box.
  4. Hit the Apply button at the bottom right.

You just selected to auto hide your taskbar. This will make your taskbar disappear until you mouse over its location.