The taskbar is usually located at the bottom of the desktop. It looks like this:

Picture of the taskbar
Taskbar

You can hide the taskbar to create more space. If you don't see the taskbar anywhere on the screen, it might be hidden.

Watch this video to learn how to show or hide the taskbar (1:04)
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To show the taskbar

  • If the taskbar is hidden, point to where you last saw it to show it again. If you can't remember where you last saw it, try pointing to the bottom of the desktop first, and then to the sides or top of the desktop, if necessary. You might need to move the pointer almost off the desktop to show the taskbar.

To hide the taskbar

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. On the Taskbar tab, under Taskbar appearance, select the Auto-hide the taskbar check box, and then click OK.

    The taskbar is hidden from view. You can see it again by pointing to the place where you last saw it.

To turn off auto-hide

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. On the Taskbar tab, under Taskbar appearance, clear the Auto-hide the taskbar check box, and then click OK.



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