The Windows 10 taskbar is a pretty useful tool, but it's also one you might not want to see on your screen all the time. Whatever the reason, you can make it come and go as you please in the Anniversary Update with a few simple steps.

Hidden taskbar

This works for both desktop PCs and tablets, the method is exactly the same. Here's what you need to do.

  1. Right-click on an empty area of the taskbar. If in tablet mode, hold your finger on the taskbar.
  2. Click on Settings.

    Taskbar settings

  3. Toggle Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode to on. You can also do the same for tablet mode.

Taskbar settings

That's all there is to it. The taskbar will now disappear unless you move the mouse to the appropriate area of the screen, when it'll magically just pop back up before your very eyes. On a tablet you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen at any time to make the taskbar re-appear.

There are a few other taskbar related goodies in here you can experiment with too, such as moving its position on the screen or making the icons much smaller. Many will be happy with the default look but there are some good options here to customize it to your own tastes.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update tips, tricks, and how-tos!