If you didn’t know, the “taskbar” is the bar that stretches across the bottom of your Windows 10 screen. It is typically visible, no matter where you are in Windows; but did you know you can make the taskbar “auto hide” itself? In other words, if you are not using it, the taskbar will drop down out of view, but if you want to make it re-appear you simply move your mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen and the taskbar will reappear. I currently have all of my PC’s to auto hide the taskbar to give me that extra screen space or view.
To activate “auto hide” in Windows 10″:
- Place your mouse pointer in a blank area of the taskbar and right mouse click.
- When the menu appears, click on “Taskbar settings” and the “Taskbar” settings window will appear.
- Toggle the switch “on” for “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”, then simply close the Window (and the “Taskbar” should now auto hide).
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“What’s On My PC“
I like to keep the desktop on my Windows 10 computer pretty much clear of any icons. Typically, if a program icon shows up on the desktop that I need to use frequently or get to quickly, I will pin it to the taskbar (the bar located at the bottom of the screen); then, once I know the program icon is on the taskbar, I will delete the program icon on the desktop. I do this so that I can access the program from anywhere on the computer without having to go back to the desktop or go to the Start Menu. So, how do you pin a program icon (or folder, etc…) to the taskbar?
It is actually pretty basic. If you “right mouse click” the icon item, you will see an option to “Pin to taskbar”. Click on that option and the icon item will then be seen on the taskbar. To delete a pinned item on the taskbar, “right mouse click” the icon and click on “unpin from taskbar”. This same process will work on many program items that are on your Windows “Start Menu”, as well.