Most users don’t use this feature. But people who are good with keyboard shortcuts, power users and designers like to use the Auto Hide feature of taskbar to make sure there are no other distractions on the screen. But sometimes, the auto hide features may not work for multiple reasons.
Here are detailed instructions to diagnose and fix auto hide taskbar not working
Restart Computer or restart explorer.exe
- The first step to fix this problem is simply by restarting computer. Restart the computer and check if the problem is fixed.
- If you are in a situation where you cannot restart computer, then restart Windows Explorer.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager. Click Process Tab -> Right click on Windows explorer -> Click Restart.
In Win 7 and below, instead of Windows explorer it will be explorer.exe. Right click on it and select End Process. This will close all programs except task manager. Now click on File on the top -> Click New Task -> type explorer.exe -> Press OK.
Cause: There might be too many programs interfering or clogging up OS preventing it from applying the changes. Restarting computer or explorer allows the OS to clean up and apply the OS settings.
Check if the problem is caused by a third party program
- Restart the computer in safe mode
Safe mode prevents third party programs interfering with OS. If the autohide feature works fine in safe mode, you need to find out which program is conflicting with OS. You need to suspect programs that were recently installed, programs that got installed without your knowledge and programs whose expiry date is over. After removing the program or App, restart computer and check if the problem is fixed.
- Shut down or restart third party processes
You can also open task manager, go to processes tab, shut down third party services one at a time, restart explorer.exe and then check if the problem is fixed. If you find out the problem is fixed after disabling any third party program, then that is the culprit. Now uninstall the program. You may re-install the culprit, but make sure you install it properly and keep it updated.
Presence of corrupted third party icons listed in taskbar
Remove all third-party icons from taskbar. Check if the problem is solved. You can put it back once the problem is fixed.
Hopefully this help you in fixing auto hide taskbar not working problem. Use the comment section for feedback. You may also contact Microsoft Tech Support to get this fixed.