Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Windows 8/7

3 Options to Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Windows 8/7

Jul. 9, 2014 11:26 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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We know the taskbar is by default located at the bottom of your desktop in Windows. But if you don't want to see Taskbar in your computer, you can turn on Auto-hide taskbar in Windows 8/7. You may need to hide the taskbar because you need more space on your desktop, or maybe you fell that it just gets in the way and you want it to appear only when you need it. In any case, you can set it to automatically hide the taskbar in Windows.

This article features in introducing how to turn on or off Auto-hide Taskbar in Windows 8/7 by 3 handy ways. Note that automatically Show the taskbar in Windows is in default setting.

Way 1: Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Taskbar Properties

1. First open Taskbar and Navigation Properties.

  • a. Open the Control Panel, click or tap on the Taskbar and Navigation icon, and go to next step.
  • b. On your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, click or tap on Properties, and go to step 2.

2. Turn On Auto-hide Taskbar

In the Taskbar tab, check the Auto-hide the taskbar box, and click or tap on OK. Then it's set to automatically hide taskbar in Windows 8 and 7.

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3. Turn Off Auto-hide Taskbar

Note that this is the default setting.

In the taskbar tab, uncheck the Auto-hide the taskbar box, and click or tap on OK.

You will now see that the taskbar recedes and hides automatically when not in use. To make it appear, when you want it to, you then have to move your cursor to the bottom of the screen or the taskbar area – or you could press Win + T.

Way 2: Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar in Registry Editor

  • 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click or tap on OK.
  • 2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StuckRects2
  • 3. In the right pane of StruckRects2, double click or tap on the Settings to modify it.
  • 4. Turn On Auto-hide Taskbar
    Change the value highlighted in yellow below to 02, click or tap on OK.
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  • 5. Turn Off Auto-hide taskbar
    Note that this is the default setting.
    Change the value highlighted in yellow above to 03, click or tap on OK.
  • 6. When finished, close Registry Editor. Either to restart explorer, log out and in, or restart the PC to apply.

Way 3: Turn On or Off Auto-hide Taskbar using Group Policy

  • 1. Run gpedit.msc to open Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:
    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Task Bar
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  • 2. Turn On Auto-hide Taskbar
    In the left pane, double-click Lock all taskbar settings, and Enable it. This will prevent users from making any changes to the Taskbar.
  • 3. Turn Off Auto-hide Taskbar
    It's by default to automatically show the taskbar in Windows 8 and 7.
    Just disable Lock all taskbar settings.

Either one you choose you can turn on or off Auto-hide Taskbar in Windows 8 and 7 successfully.

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