How to Automatically Hide Taskbar in Windows 10 (and More)

In this post, we'll see the following:

Lock and Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10

By default, the taskbar is locked.

When the taskbar is locked, you can't resize or change its position (if you use the first method in the "Change Position of Taskbar in Windows 10" section of this post)).

You can unlock taskbar using two different ways. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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    Right-click on the empty area of the taskbar.
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    Hit "Lock the taskbar" option, and it unlocks the taskbar.
Unchecked Lock the taskbar

If you want to lock taskbar, then follow the above steps.

Checked Lock the taskbar

Method #2

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    Open Run. Type "ms-settings:taskbar" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."
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    Hit the toggle beneath the "Lock the taskbar."

If you want to lock the taskbar, follow the above steps.

Resize Taskbar in Windows 10

Unlock the taskbar (need help? see the above section). Now, hover your mouse over the top of the taskbar and begin dragging it.

Once the taskbar size is as you prefer, stop dragging. That's it. All done.

Lock the taskbar if you wish.

Change Position of Taskbar in Windows 10

Windows 10 taskbar, by default, located at the bottom of the screen. If you wish, you can change its position to top, left or right.

Here, we'll see two different ways to do this task. You can pick a method you want. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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    Unlock the taskbar (Need help? see the "Lock and Unlock Taskbar in Windows 10" section of this post).
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    Now, drag the taskbar and place it in your desired position (top, left or right). In this instance, my desired position is "right."

That's all. You can see the taskbar on the right side of the screen.

The taskbar at the right side of the screen

If you wish, you can lock the taskbar now. Keep in mind that as long as the taskbar is locked, its position cannot be changed using this method.

In case, if you want to get back taskbar in its default position, follow the below steps:

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    Unlock the taskbar if it isn't already.
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    Drag the taskbar and drop it in the bottom.
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    Check "Lock the taskbar" option if you wish.

Method #2

Note: You can follow this method without unlocking the taskbar.

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    Press Windows + R, and it will open Run Command Box.
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    Type the command "ms-settings:taskbar" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key to open "Taskbar settings."
Run Command to open Taskbar settings
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    Find "Taskbar location on screen." Open the drop-down list beneath it.
Drop-down list options
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    Choose the location you want from the drop-down list. In this instance, I am choosing "Top." 
Chosen Top from the drop-down list

That's all. The taskbar will be moved to the top.

The taskbar at the top of the screen

If you want to have taskbar in its default position, open the drop-down list beneath "Taskbar location on screen" and then choose "Bottom."

Drop-down list beneath Taskbar location on screen option

Note:

If you are moving taskbar with Cortana Search Box from its default position to another position, then you can see that the Cortana Search Box is replaced by Cortana icon.

If you bring back taskbar to its default position, then the Cortana icon will be replaced with Cortana Search Box.

Automatically Hide Taskbar in Windows 10

By default, taskbar always stays at its position, and if you wish, you can automatically hide it. Let's see how to do this task.

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    Open "Taskbar settings" (You can do that by right-clicking on an empty area of the taskbar and then selecting "Taskbar settings").
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    Find and click the toggle underneath "Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode."
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    If you wish to automatically hide taskbar in Tablet mode, then click the toggle underneath "Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode."
Turned on both the taskbar auto hide options

That's it. Now, you can see that the taskbar is hidden from the view.

When you need the taskbar, you can bring it back to view by moving the cursor pointer towards its position or by pressing Windows key + T.

After your work is done with the taskbar, move the cursor from the taskbar, and it will automatically hide.

Keep in mind that the taskbar may automatically popup itself when any one of the opened applications or Notification Area icons needs your attention.

If you want to revert, follow the below steps:

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    Open "Taskbar settings."
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    Find and click the toggle underneath "Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode."
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    If you want to turn off automatically hide for Tablet mode, click the toggle underneath "Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode."
Both the taskbar auto hide options are turned off

Pin Shortcut to Taskbar in Windows 10

If the shortcut that you want to pin to the taskbar is on the Start menu - Right-click on it, hover your mouse over "More," and then click on "Pin to taskbar" option.

If the program or its shortcut is on the File Explorer - Right-click on it and then hit "Pin to taskbar." Alternate way - Select the shortcut, click on "App Tools" in the Ribbon, hit "Pin to taskbar" option.

If the program or its shortcut is on the desktop - Drag it and drop on the taskbar. Alternate way - you can right-click on it and then hit "Pin to taskbar" option.

If the program is the currently running, then you can see its icon in the taskbar. To pin, right-click on it and then click "Pin to taskbar."

If you want to pin a website to the taskbar, check out this guide.

"Pin to taskbar" option is not available for a file and folder.

However, you can try the "drag and drop" method.

If you drag the file and drop it on the taskbar, then the program's shortcut will be added there (if it isn't there already), and you can see that the file gets pinned to that shortcut's "Pinned" section (Right-click on the taskbar shortcut to view this section).

The pinned file is in the Pinned section of Notepad taskbar shortcut

Keep in mind that the above one doesn't work for all file types (For instance: PNG).

In the case of drag and drop of the folder on the taskbar, the folder gets pinned to the File Explorer shortcut's "Pinned" section.

The pinned folder is in the Pinned section of File Explorer taskbar shortcut

Moreover, if you want to pin the file or folder on the taskbar directly, follow the below steps:

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    Right-click on the file or folder that you want to pin. Hover your mouse over the "Send to" option and then hit "Desktop (create shortcut)."
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    Now, you can see the shortcut in the desktop. Rename and change the icon of it if you wish. Now, right-click on the shortcut and then hit "Properties."
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    In the "Target" field, type "explorer" (without double quotes) at the beginning and then hit "Space" key (see the image below).
Properties popup of an image file
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    Hit the "OK" button.

Now, right-click on the shortcut and then hit "Pin to taskbar" option. That's it. All done.

Pinned image file to the taskbar

If you wish, remove the shortcut from the desktop.

To Unpin Shortcut from Taskbar

Right-click on the shortcut that you want to unpin and then hit "Unpin from taskbar" option.

Unpin from taskbar option

To completely remove the "folder" pinned directly to the taskbar, you need to do this additional step too - restart the File Explorer, and that's all.

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