How to fix Auto-Hide Taskbar not reappearing in Windows?

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Issue: How to fix Auto-Hide Taskbar not reappearing in Windows?

Hello. The auto-hide taskbar is not appearing for me. I heed to minimize all windows or hit the Windows key on the keyboard. I don't think that this is the feature that should be like this, so I would like to fix this properly. Can you tell me about the options or solutions here?

Solved Answer

Auto-Hide Taskbar not reappearing in Windows issue occurs on Windows 10 or Windows 11.[1] The feature is a way to add more space to the desktop, but the function sometimes fails, as the reports[2] from users show. It can be stubborn and refuse to hide or reappear when it is supposed to. Throughout the years users got accustomed to seeing the taskbar on the desktop, so it seems weird when there is none.

Many users experience these issues with the taskbar when some of the settings get changed. Taskbar settings include the auto-hide preference when the mouse cursor is on it. There are instances when only these preferences should be checked to see why the issue appears and annoys you.

There are particular troubleshooting for such issues like Auto-Hide Taskbar not reappearing in Windows. Restarting or ending background processes, and checking third-party programs that can cause some of the issues. These particular programs can cause issues with machines and functions too.

Often these applications are PUPs or malicious apps that leave particular files hidden.[3] Such virus leftovers or third-party programs that interfere with the system can cause file damage and lead to system crashes and failure of particular features. It is common for altered files to cause system problems.

Auto-Hide Taskbar not reappearing in Windows?

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1. Restart the File explorer

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  • Go to Task Manager > press CTRL+ ALT+ DeleteTask Manager.
  • Switch to the Details tab at the top.
    Tasks running
  • Now find the following running services and select them by clicking on them.
  • Hit Delete on your keyboard and confirm your choice by selecting End Process.
  • Then restart Windows Explorer.
    Restarting processes
  • Click on File in the top left corner and select Run new task.
  • Type explorer.exe click on Ok.
  • Once explorer is restarted, restart the PC.

2. Stop programs from residing in the tray

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  • Open the Settings app.
  • Go to System.
  • Then Notifications and actions page.
    notifications
  • Under the Get notifications from these apps section, make sure that the program is not configured to show notifications. If enabled, please turn it off here.
  • Navigate to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.
  • Click Select which icons appear on the taskbar link and then turn off the icon of the program.
    Icon preferences

3. Try the particular auto-hide option properties

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  • Right-click on Taskbar.
  • Click on Properties
  • Check the box Auto-hide the taskbar.
    Task manager
  • Click on OK.

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