A crossed-out Task View button on the Windows 11 taskbar.

The “Task View” feature in Windows 11 lets you quickly view open windows and virtual desktops, but not everyone needs a dedicated button for it on their taskbar. Here’s how to get rid of the Task View button—and bring it back if you change your mind later.

How to Hide the Windows 11 Task View Button

It’s easy to disable the Task View button in the Windows 11 taskbar. First, right-click the Task View button (which looks like two overlapping squares). In the tiny, one-choice menu that pops up, select “Hide From Taskbar.”

Right-click the "Task View" button and select "Hide From Taskbar."

The Task View button will vanish instantly. Told you it was easy!

You can also turn off the Task View button from Windows Settings. To do so, open Settings (press Windows+i) and navigate to Personalization > Taskbar. In the “Taskbar Items” section, set the “Task View” switch to “Off.”

Flip the "Task View" switch to "Off."

After that, close Settings, and you’re good to go. You can still view Task View any time by pressing Windows+Tab on your keyboard.

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How to Show the Windows 11 Task View Button

If you’d like to enable the Task View button on the taskbar again later, it’s a little bit trickier than hiding it. First, right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings.”

In Windows 11, right-click the taskbar and select "Taskbar Settings."

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Windows Settings will automatically open to Personalization > Taskbar. Find the “Taskbar Items” section and switch “Task View” to “On.”

Flip the "Task View" switch to "On."

When you flip the switch, you’ll see the Task View button back in your taskbar immediately. If you click it, you’ll find a handy way to manage your open windows as well as to switch between virtual desktops. Have fun!

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