How To Fix: Windows 10 Taskbar Not Hiding [Solved]


Under Windows 10, if you display the entire screen, you can hide the taskbar. You can hide the taskbar automatically. But what is frustrating is that the taskbar is not hidden, even if the automatic hide function is enabled. If you are not hiding the Windows 10 taskbar problem, follow the instructions to fix it.

METHOD 1 - Restart the Windows Explorer process


A reliable option to hide problems in the Windows 10 taskbar is to restart the Explorer process.

  • Use Ctrl-Shift-Esc to open Windows Task Manager.
  • If you only see the basic interface, click on more details.
  • Locate the Windows Explorer process under Process and click on it with the left mouse button.
  • Click the Restart button to restart the process.

You can also quit and restart the Explorer from the command line if you prefer (or create a script from it for even faster access). Thanks Anatoly for the tip.

  • Use the Windows + R key combination to open the runbox.
  • Type cmd.
  • Enter taskkill /in explorer.exe /f.
  • Explorer Type
  • Type Output

METHOD 2 - Open the hidden symbols and right click.


In some cases, the problem that the taskbar is not automatically hidden is caused by icons in the taskbar that indicate when you need your attention but are not visible.

Here, for example, the slack application wants to attract attention, but its icon is hidden on the side of additional applications that you can only see when you click the small up arrow on the left side of the taskbar. All you have to do in this case is open this page and see if any applications need your attention. Right-click and the taskbar should hide again. You can also help solve this problem by dragging icons for applications that occasionally require special attention into the main taskbar area where you can see them.

Occasionally, you have a taskbar icon that keeps the taskbar open, even if it doesn't attract your visual attention. If you do not see an obvious notification from one of the applications, simply right-click on each application to see if the problem is solved. If you find one that does, you can disable notifications for the application or at least drag them to the taskbar area where they are easier to find.

METHOD 3 - Checking the taskbar settings


Step 1 Press Windows + I to open the settings.

Step 2 Click Customize and then Taskbar.

Step 3 There are two options that handle automatic hiding of the Windows 10 taskbar: "Automatic hiding of the taskbar in desktop mode" and "Automatic hiding of the taskbar in tablet mode".

Step 4 Select "Automatically hide taskbar in desktop mode" and the Windows 10 taskbar disappears automatically.

METHOD 4 - Use the search bar to refresh yourself


Another small workaround solution that worked for the majority of users was the ad hoc use of the Cortana search field and its reclosing. Indeed, each time you access the search bar, the entire search bar appears and when you close it, the task bar updates and the countdown starts, after which it should automatically disappear.

Press the search field (or button) and enter something. After typing, click anywhere on your desktop. Let's hope the taskbar should hide automatically in a few seconds.

We hope this article has helped you solve the problem. If you have any doubts or concerns, please let us know in the comments field below.