The Taskbar is a powerful part of Windows 95/98/ME/XP. It provides access to nearly every part of your system as well as providing information about what is running on your system. But it can get in the way. Fortunately, you can move it out of your way by moving it to another edge of your screen or you can hide it altogether.

First, you can move the Taskbar to any side of the screen simply by dragging it to a different side of the screen. This allows you to get it out of your way while still keeping it visible. When you click and drag the Taskbar, be sure to click on the Taskbar itself and not on an icon.

Second, you can hide the Taskbar by

  1. Right-lick on the Taskbar - not on an icon.
  2. Click on Properties.

  1. The second item is Auto-hide the taskbar. Click the left mouse button on this item and a check mark will appear in the box to the left of it.
  2. Now click the OK button at the bottom of the Window. The Window closes and your Taskbar goes away.

Now that your Taskbar is gone, don't panic. It's still available when you need it. All you need to do is move your mouse down to the bottom of your screen. As you touch the bottom of the screen, the Taskbar will pop up for you to use. When you move off the Taskbar, it will hide again.

 Hughes Glantzberg

Last Revised: 03/13/2005

Created by
The PC Help Desk
(Hughes Glantzberg)