We recently showed you how to optimize your screen's real estate by using Task View and other multitasking tips for Windows 10. We have another tip that's especially handy if you have a smaller screen. We'll show you how to automatically hide the taskbar.

1. Right-click on the taskbar, and tap or click Properties

Taskbar properties

2. Check the box, Auto-hide the taskbar

Auto-hide taskbar

3. Tap or click Apply

That's it! The taskbar hides and automatically pops back up when the mouse pointer is near the bottom of the screen. It also shows up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

One downside to enabling auto-hide for the taskbar is that it requires an additional action to view Start, access Cortana, or other items in the taskbar. However, it is still a nice option to have. Will you use auto-hide on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments!

If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page.