Every bit of monitor space is precious, particularly vertical space. But in Windows 10, the fairly large taskbar takes up real estate even when you don’t need it.

It’s easy to hide the taskbar when not in use. First, right-click an empty place on the taskbar. A menu will pop up.

Click the bottom option, “Settings.” (If you’re using an older version of Windows, you might need to click “Preferences” instead; more on that below.) The appropriate panel in Settings will open.

You’ll see two options: hiding the taskbar in desktop mode, and hiding the taskbar in tablet mode. Toggle one or both of these options. If you opt to hide the taskbar in desktop mode, it will only appear if you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen. Like this:

If your Windows 10 device is a detachable tablet, you may also want to enable hiding the taskbar in tablet mode. When you do, your taskbar will only show up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, this process may look a little bit different. When you right-click the taskbar, you’ll see a window that looks like this:

Check “Auto-hide the taskbar” and you’re done! Your taskbar will now hide until you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen, as shown below.

If the taskbar doesn’t hide consistently, here’s some tips for fixing when the taskbar won’t automatically hide.

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