Taskbar on any windows system is a thin platform, usually placed at the bottom of the screen. This gives the users to pin their favorite application icons on it to open/launch apps very easily. There is an option in Windows 11 settings app where you can enable Taskbar hiding automatically when cursor is away from it. Many windows users have reported that Taskbar does not hide on their Windows 11 system even if they have enabled the auto hiding option and no matter what they do. There might be several reasons behind it and we have come up with some of solutions which might help other users who are also facing this same issue. In this post, you will find a few fixes which might help you in resolving this issue.
Fix 1 – Restart Windows Explorer after Enabling Auto Hide option for Taskbar
First, lets enable the auto hide option in Settings app for Taskbar.
Step 1: Press Windows + I keys together on your keyboard to open Settings app.
Step 2: Then, go to Personalization option on the left pane of Settings app.
Step 3: Then scroll down the page, Click on Taskbar option at the bottom of the Personalization page as shown in the below image.
Step 4: Click Taskbar behaviors option in the Taskbar page as shown below.
Step 5: Under the Taskbar behaviors section, Make sure Automatically hide the taskbar checkbox is checked. If not, then please click on it to enable it.
NOTE:- You can also change the Taskbar alignment to Center or Left side of the screen as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: Now, Close the Settings window.
Step 7: Open Task Manager app by pressing CTRL + SHIFT +ESC keys together on your keyboard.
Step 8: If the Task Manager opens in a compact view, then Click More details button at the bottom of the window as shown below.
Step 9: Then, Select the Processes tab and Right click on Windows Explorer app under the Apps section on the left side.
Step 10: Once done, Click Restart option from the context menu as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 11: Now the windows explorer along with taskbar has refreshed once.
Step 12: Check now if the issue is resolved or not.
Hope this should fix the problem. If not, then try our other solutions given below.
Fix 2 – Check for Any Application’s Notifications on Taskbar
Step 1: Go to Taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2: Check for any applications that has notifications alert on the app icon in taskbar.
Note: Some users stated that Right click on Notes and Closing it fixeed the issue.
Sometimes, what happens is even after the auto hide option is enabled for taskbar, any application’s notification alert in the taskbar does not allow the taskbar to hide. So it is always better to give attention to the notifications alert on the taskbar and clear it by viewing it. Once all the notifications are cleared, you can see the taskbar hides automatically and it again appears whenever there is a notifications for apps on the taskbar.
Hope this should fix the issue. If not, then try our another solution explained below in this post.
Fix 3 – Disable the Show Badges on Taskbar option Using Settings app
Step 1: Press Windows key on your keyboard and type settings.
Step 2: Select the Settings app from the search results as shown below.
Step 3: Click Personalization on the left side of the Settings window.
Step 4: In the Personalization page, Scroll down and click Taskbar option as shown below.
Step 5: Then, Select Taskbar behaviors in the Taskbar page as shown below.
Step 6: Under the Task behaviors section, Uncheck Show badges (unread messages counter) on taskbar apps checkbox to disable the notification alert for any app on taskbar.
Step 7: Also make sure the Automatically hide the taskbar option is enabled as shown in the below image.
Step 7: Close the Settings app window.
Hope this should fix your problem and taskbar hides automatically on your windows 11 system.
That’s it guys.
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