410 Hide the taskbar for full screen display

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Some Windows users like to have every square inch of their screen available. One way to get more usable space is by hiding the taskbar when you’re not using it.

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In Windows 10, the taskbar is the line of icons that’s usually located along the bottom of your screen. It goes from the bottom left corner, where the Start button is, to the bottom right corner where you see the row of icons that includes the date and time.

I wrote “usually” because the taskbar can actually be placed at the top of the screen, or even on the left or right side. When that happens, it’s typically because it got put there by accident. But for most people, it’s on the bottom edge.

If you want to be able to use your whole screen, and only have the taskbar show up when you need it, you can do that. Here’s how:

On the taskbar itself, do a right click and in the menu that comes up, click on “Taskbar settings” –

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The next thing you’ll see is the Taskbar Settings menu. Near the top, find the one that says “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and click so that the switch is in the “On” position.

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When you do that, the taskbar will immediately disappear. Now you have your whole screen available.

And whenever you need something that’s located on the taskbar, just move your cursor to the bottom of the screen and it will magically reappear. When you move the cursor away from the bottom of the screen, it disappears again.

In my own computer use, I prefer to not hide the taskbar. I use the stuff on there way too often to have to keep making it reappear and disappear. And I have big monitors with lots of screen space anyway. But for some people, it’s a handy feature to implement. As always, it’s whatever your personal preference happens to be.

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