How to Hide & Unhide the Taskbar

While Windows 8 looks quite different from earlier Windows operating systems -- for example, there is no Start button -- some things have remained the same, such as the taskbar and its configuration options. Like in past Windows operating systems, you can elect to auto-hide the taskbar in Desktop view to free up screen space -- when you move your cursor away from the taskbar, it will hide, and when you mouse over the taskbar's location, it will show up on the screen again.

  1. 1.

    Click the "Desktop" tile from the Windows 8 Start screen to launch Desktop view.

  2. 2.

    Right-click the taskbar and choose "Properties" from the context menu.

  3. 3.

    Click to put a check mark in the box next to "Auto-hide the taskbar," located in the Taskbar tab.

  4. 4.

    Click "OK" to save your changes.