Microsoft heard the myriad of complaints from users when it released Windows 8 with the Start button missing. That’s why when it rolled out Windows 10, it brought the good ol’ Start button back. Never satisfied, we’re now complaining about the taskbar that we so badly wanted back. Fortunately, there is an easy way to get the taskbar out of the way and reclaim some of that wasted screen space. In addition to that, there are other useful taskbar tips you might want to check out while banishing the taskbar from your screen completely.

Hide the Taskbar When Not in Use

Find an empty space on the taskbar, right-click on it, and a menu will pop up. Click on Settings down at the bottom to open the Settings window. You will see two options: Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode and Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode. When you hide the taskbar in desktop mode, the taskbar will only be visible when you move your mouse down to the bottom of the screen.

 

Opting to hide the taskbar in tablet mode is handy if you have a hybrid tablet or laptop, such as the Microsoft Surface. When the tablet is detached from the keyboard, the taskbar will only show up if you swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen.

 

If you’re computer is on Windows 7, select Properties instead of Settings when you do a right-click on the taskbar. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties box will pop up. Under the Taskbar tab, you will see a box labeled Auto-hide the taskbar. Simply click the box to check it off. Your taskbar should slink off the bottom of the screen. To make it re-appear, you just need to hover your mouse down at the bottom of the screen and your taskbar will pull up in an instant.

Disabling Notifications

Programs or system notifications will make the taskbar pop up again. While simply closing the notification bubble will result in an easy fix, it is still an ongoing issue. Go to Settings then click on Notifications & actions in the left panel. Use the toggle switch on the right of the Settings window to disable notifications from the programs that won’t stop bugging you. Or, if you really can’t stand those annoying and intrusive notifications, you can disable all of them.

 

Changing the Position of the Taskbar

Traditionally, Windows situates the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. But are you looking for a new twist for your taskbar’s location? Perhaps you just want to change up the aesthetics or replicate an OS like Ubuntu where the taskbar is on the left side of the screen. Whatever your reason may be, it’s pretty easy to reposition the taskbar in Windows 10.

Find an empty space on the taskbar, right-click on it, then select Settings. In the Settings window, scroll down until you see a drop-down box labeled Taskbar Location on Screen. From there, choose your preferred location for your taskbar.

 

Fit More Items in the Taskbar

If you feel like it’s more convenient if your programs are within easy reach, then the simple solution is to have program icons pinned to the taskbar. Space on the taskbar can fill up quickly, which can be quite frustrating. Well do not fret because you can make those icons smaller so you can fit more.

As usual, find an empty space on the taskbar, right-click on it, then select Settings. Once you’re in the Settings window, look for the slider labeled Use small taskbar options, then click on the switch to enable it. You will notice that the icons are now significantly smaller, which will allow you to add more of them in your taskbar.

If you never use Cortana, you can use a little bit more space on your taskbar by hiding it. Right-click on the taskbar once more, highlight Cortana, then click Hidden. You may not save a huge amount of space, but if you’re not using this feature on your Windows PC, then might as well get rid of it.

 

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:16:52 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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