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In Windows 11, the taskbar takes up a small portion of the screen. Luckily, it’s easy to reclaim that space by configuring the taskbar to hide itself automatically. Here’s how.

First, you’ll need to open Windows 11’s Taskbar settings. To do so quickly, right-click the taskbar itself and select “Taskbar Settings” in the tiny menu that pops up.

(Alternately, you can open Windows Settings and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar to reach the same configuration menu.)

In Taskbar settings, click “Taskbar Behaviors.”

When the Taskbar Behaviors menu drops down, check the box beside “Automatically Hide the Taskbar.”

In Taskbar Behaviors, check "Automatically Hide the Taskbar."

As soon as you check the box, the taskbar will disappear. But if you look closely, you’ll still see a small line at the bottom of the screen letting you know that it’s ready to pop up at a moment’s notice.

In Windows 11, when the taskbar is hidden, you'll see a tiny line at the bottom of your screen.

Close the Settings window. To make the Taskbar reappear temporarily, just move your mouse cursor to the very bottom edge of the screen. As soon as it touches the bottom edge, the taskbar will pop up so that you can use it.

The Windows 11 desktop and taskbar.

When you move your mouse away from the taskbar, the taskbar will hide itself again automatically. Pretty handy!

If you want to always show the taskbar again, open Settings (Windows+i on the keyboard pulls it up quickly.), navigate to Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behaviors, and uncheck “Automatically Hide the Taskbar.” Have fun!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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