Windows XP: Enable/Disable the Auto-hide Taskbar

Posted November 20, 2005 by gouthro in Windows

You can configure Windows to hide the taskbar automatically so that you gain more screen space for your applications.


If you choose to “auto-hide” the taskbar, it will minimize itself out of sight until you bring your mouse to it. Use the following directions to turn this feature on or off:

    1. Go to the Start menu.

    2. Select Control Panel.

    3. Click Appearance and Themes.

    4. At the bottom, there will be a choice called Taskbar and Start Menu. Click on that.

    5. Under Taskbar, there will be an option entitled Auto-hide the Taskbar.

    a. To disable the Auto-hide, uncheck the corresponding box.
    b. To enable the feature, check the box.

    6. Click OK.

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