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Windows 10 users can now get an app that hides the taskbar in tablet mode

Windows 10 allows users on tablets to switch between desktop mode and tablet mode. While there is a way to auto-hide that taskbar in desktop mode by going through a couple of menus, there's no way Windows 10 allows users to do the same thing in tablet mode, which has been a sore subject for many people. Now, a small company called Nibbler Apps has launched a product, Auto-Hide Taskbar, that fixes this issue.

Auto-Hide Taskbar

Once the app is downloaded and installed, users can quickly click on it in Windows 10's notifications area. Then they have the choice of whether or not to hide the taskbar for both tablet mode and desktop mode in Windows 10 and can even make it auto. At least until (or if) Microsoft adds the feature, this may be your best bet to improve the tablet mode experience in Windows 10.

The app comes with a free trial, but the full version costs $1.35. If you do try or buy the app, let us know what you think about Auto-Hide Taskbar in the comments!

Get Auto-Hide Taskbar from Nibbler Apps ($1.35 with free trial)

168 Comments
  • OK, a workaround. Very good.
  • Tablet mode seems worst than win 8 metro.... Everything so small for touch and can't swipe pages anymore. Step backwards so far.
  • indeed. Tablet mode in win10 is a mess and awkward to use especially on a tablet, a huge step backward than win8.1 metro mode. MS did it purposely to please those lovely desktop users.
  • Yes, they totally enjoy making changes that disadvantage their users just for the hell of it. /s
  • I can't figure why then MS purposedly removed any "switch user account" picker in the Picture Password login screen. They really care their tablet users by forcing them to pass to the text-password screen everytime, then.. /s ..Or maybe are they pushing you to buy a RealSense-camera-Hello-enabled SP4 in the immediate future? Who knows.. Tin foil..
  • I have to agree. Everything is made for desktop now. Everything is vertical vs horizontal like windows 8. Seems more of a chore. It's cool in desktop but tablet seems like an inconvenience.
  • Logical I think...MS rather lose 15% W8/8.1 user than losing 70% W7 and XP user. If I am MS I will do the same. Later bring what best in W8.1 tablet friendly feature one by one.
  • Ironically the Windows 8.1 desktop once you replaced the start menue is identical to the Windows 7 desktop for all intents and purposes - very unlike the Windows 10 desktop, where Metro design paradigms are pushed into the users face.
  • I agree, they should really do something for the tablet experience. W8.1 is so much nicer on tablets. That is why I gave my 3  points to this user voice feedback:  https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/... Please vote to get some improvements.
  • Alrighty then, we should go express our concerns regarding Windows 10 Tablet Mode on Windows Feedback app once more!
  • Worse? Not so much, you can customize the tablet mode, then it is a bit better
  • Then please help me customize my Picture Password login experience with Win10 with different user accounts. I need to switch user while this feature is turned on. Oh you can't. They had the perfect multi-user tablet experience with 8.1 and apparently ruined it for no reason. Stuck with 8.1 until they iron it out. :\
  • Or tell me where I can find a full screen gesture based Web Browser in Win 10? Oh that's right their isn't one, you can;t even hack Firefox/Opera/Chrome to work like Metro IE did.
  • you can. Click on Sign-in options and select password type, then you can see other accounts 
  • I hoped I hadn't to specify "you can't without leaving the Picture Password login, defeating entirely the purpose of Picture Password itself"...  Because if you believe my 5 years kid everytime should: - click on a semi-transparent Sign-in options text - click on a small icon meaning "text based input" - click on her account picture - do viceversa until her text-based input becomes her Picture Password login screen ..well, I'll stick with Win 8.1 and its darn BACK button MS silently removed from the Picture Password screen without thinking what to offer as an alternative instead: for example the Other account picker, so much wasted space in the left! Thank you very much. Win8.1 could even restore the vanilla "all user picture accounts page" by setting a single registry setting, so I hadn't even to press back: I was presented with every user account in ONE page. Needless to say, this registry setting does nothing now in Win10. I shall wait and see what MS does to improve tablet experience. PS: and no, PIN solution is not a solution. I want to use what MS has offered and still offer as a login option.  
  • believe me, your child is able to do it better than you
  • ...  but I did not write, it is easy. I found this kind of problem in Feedback app and clicked on upvote. Do the same.
  • Likely it could be MY Feedback. Thus, thanks for upvoting then. ;) There is a uservoice as well: so far got just 6 votes: http://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/suggestions/9444732-windows-10-picture-password-let-pick-different-a. I start thinking my family and I are the only ones using multi-account tablets with Picture password logins at this point.. ^^
  • Now we just need onedrive placeholders / smart files for all and the following for tablet mode users: horizontal start screen scrollling in tablet mode, swipe through tasks from left, swipe up to show all apps on full screen, full screen modern ie11 style browsing for Edge.
  • You're in luck! All of that is already available, it's called Windows 8.1!
  • In one way the vertical scrolling isn't so bad. If you've got the tablet in two hands, it's possibly even easier to scroll vertically without moving them. Scrolling horizontally on most tablets would mean lifting your hand off the sides. I didn't like the vertical scrolling at first, but I loved Windows 8.1 on tablets. I have a Surface Pro 3 and don't really use it often as a pure tablet (Smaller tablets are definitely better for that imo) but I want to get another Dell Venue 8 Pro or similar, as I only got rid of it due to thinking the Surface Pro 3 could fully replace it - Maybe when I get it and use the tablet mode extensively I'll agree more with the people who say tablet mode has been ruined. The swiping back and forth in Edge isn't a Windows problem but an Edge problem. It would be simple for them to implement and people are screaming out for it, so I don't see why we haven't had an update yet - Almost as if Edge can't be updated independently of the OS, which isn't supposed to be the case - I've never seen an update for it in the store once though, only through new builds of Windows 10.
  • Completely agree that tablet mode is a mess. Windows 8.1 was definitely superior for tablets. Also the hamburger menu on the Windows 10 Start "screen" is a useless waste. The Start button feels like it was purposely half featured just to give the hamburger menu a reason to exist.
  • I too hate the hamburger menu. It's redundant and I think the Start Menu looks better with the list out. It's hilarious to me that there would be a menu within the Start Menu. I wish they would give users the choice to have the hamburger menu there. It's functional at least, just nowhere near the level of ease-of-use that Windows 8.1 had.
  • I think it's for the IT and consumer old schoolers. To make it look familiar because they are stuck in the "going into a menu, to go into a menu, to into a folder, to go into a folder" as opposed to just using Tiles as short cuts. Even doing a search in Cortana is quicker.....type task and task manager appears....oh no, cant do that... I want to go into a menu, to.....well you get the point :)
  • I do think the "All Apps" should be accessed by a gesture (Similar to how Windows 8.1 was, but obviously not a vertical scroll since that...scrolls now) which would remove the need for the Hamburger, but I don't think that menu on the left is better when it's fully out - During Insider Preview it used to be that, and wasted loads of space, where you can now show more tiles (Something you would want in a Tablet really). This is coming from one of the massive fans of Windows 8 and 8.1, I embraced the change in that OS right from the Developer Previews and up until Windows 10 Insider Preview was good enough to use daily, there are good changes in Windows 10 too, but improvements should be made to tablet mode in the next milestone release, I'm hoping to see some of this coming through in the Insider Preview builds soon
  • I dont want to hide it, just let me change the color and i'd be happy
  • You can do that.
  • In tablet mode?
  • Nope, sorry, only desktop mode.
  • It would be awesome if we have the customizations of WP navigation bar
  • Same here. Actually I don't understand why it has to be different in the first place. The desktop taskbar is beautiful and functional, even when the device is used as a tablet. My gripe is that I want to have the start menu permanently in full-screen (like it is in tablet mode) AND a nice taskbar (desktop mode).
  • You can do this. To put the start menu is permanent full screen for desktop mode just go to personalization -> start -> use full screen start all the time. And you can also change the task bar in tablet mode to show all icons. This should get you very close to what you want.
  • I know the start menu can be full screen in desktop mode but it still closes as soon as you open an app or do something else and you have to press the start button to re-open it. Also, the start menu is closed when I'm booting my computer. That's actually when I most miss this feature, I would want to boot my computer and immediately have all my live tiles visible. If you on the other hand mean that there IS a function where start can be 'locked' into full screen, that's awesome! Need to check this on my W10 computer when I get home.
  • Don't understand why auto-hide in Tablet mode was not available from day one. I have sent feedback requesting this!
  • Many have and it fell on deaf ears. At least they redesigned the recycle bin several times because of feedback!! Because that's important. /s
  • An improperly designed recycle bin could bring about chaos leading to the end of the known universe, that's why......
  • True, never thought of that.
  • It is a pretty sexy looking recycle bin though...
    :/
  • Since no one corrected you, I am going to. Your comparison ain't right. Reworking/changing the Recycle Bin is a lot more easier and less time than doing the auto hide thing for tablet mode. Literally, all ot would take from Microsoft to change the look of the Recycle Bin is just go to Photoshop and come up with a new icon. Or tweak the current one. There's hardly any coding (if any) needed to change an icon. The auto-hide thing although doesn't require so much coding compared to some more complex things in the OS. Is still takes more time and resources than making a new icon. Not only that but there's a big chance that doing coding for the auto-hide will undoubtedly make some new bugs.
  • But, strangely an app developer managed to write an app that does this? Surely this is something Microsoft is capable of with ease considering an app developer can do it?
  • It is there for me at least. switch to desktop mode, select auto hide the taskbar from options and then switch back to tablet mode. Swipe up to access the taskbar.  
  • That's not what we are asking for.
  • We want to show the taskbar in desktop mode, and hide it in tablet mode.
  • That would not be coherent.
  • Same here. Every app that allows it: I immediately toggle full screen to "On" to best emulate the 8.1 experience (Even though you can't Snap full screen apps, which is so frustrating).
  • Replying to your comment so people see this. Vote for it if you want to see it. I did. https://windows.uservoice.com/forums/265757-windows-feature-suggestions/...    
  • Does it really bother anyone?
  • Actually it does, for me I like when I'm in tablet mode for my 2-in-1 to be a clean interface and computer to be desktop and efficient. It's part of my workflow/relaxing time
  • I'd like to be able to swipe up from the bottom to hide/show the taskbar...means you can press buttons and stuff when you want
  • Yes, you need to access the buttons sometimes, since it now uses the taskbar back button like the phone's back button.
  • It bothers me (And clearly several others if there was enough demand to make an app for it). I loved the truly full-screen look of 8.1. It pains me to see such a massive number of pixels go to waste on the bottom of my Surface Pro 3. Microsoft should definitely make it an option in the settings.
  • I've also experienced one app that is touch heavy and does not provice the full screen option get foweled up by palm strikes against the task bar.
  • of course. to the complainers that just want to say how Windows 8 was better than Windows 10, even if Windows 10 brings really good things but Windows 10 tablet mode sucks. you know pathetic people who think they are too tech but in the end they are no better than a grandpa using Windows 95. Also yes, lazy pathetic complainer people who can't just autohide it but then complain how on desktop they want it to show. so they complain how if they autohide they have to give 3 clicks to make it permament again. so yeah there are people like that on Internet. it's internet after all ;)
  • As a UX developer I would consider 3 clicks for something like this 3 clicks too many. Continuum is supposed to be seemless and responsive.  It's not about going into settings every time a keyboard is attached or flipped around. With that kind of thinking we should have to manually toggle tablet mode as well to bring it up to 5 clicks. You could probably aregue it the other way and then say people are too lazy to set it one time as default behavior and then swipe up whenever it is needed. It's not a matter of being a pathetic complainer.  It's about reducing effort of human interaction.  Extra steps such as these can become very distracting an interfear with creativity and thought patterns. It's just how human brains respond to little distractions like this.
  • http://forums.windowscentral.com/windows-10/360184-tablet-phone-bringing... I like my idea as an overhaul of the whole issue... But to me it is frustrating that the task bar doesn't go along with the switch modes.
    But really, I haven't seen much complaint about how small the title bars are and their touch points... Way too small. Lots of little nags about WX's tablet mode though.
  • Why not disable tablet mode, right click in the taskbar and choose Properties, check the "Auto-hide the taskbar" and finally go back to tablet mode?
  • Exactly. This works without the need for a 3rd party app.
  • This really works. I don't know why people would buy an app for this purpose.
  • because they might switch between tablet and desktop. And they want to have the taskbar visible in desktop mode.
  • This
  • OK, but Olsson's comment still stands. The article is wrong to flatly state that you can't auto-hide task bar in tablet mode.
  • Yes...Agreed. When you choose auto hide it works perfectly in tablet mode as well as desktop mode I have no use for a third party app, but people may want to have auto hide disabled in desktop, but work in tablet
  • You can't auto-hide the Taskbar on the Start screen in Tablet mode. It does auto-hide once an app is opened. What I'm asking for is once auto-hide is selected, it will auto-hide on the Tablet start screen.
  • Not working on my Surface 3 on build 10240.
  • An evidence that W10 is full of bugs and even simple things like auto hiding task bar are not working. Btw, my taskbar does not even hide in desktop mode even if I tell it to.
  • Every software released, ever, is "full of bugs" when it launches. You say that like it is some kind of unusual occurence with software.
  • Works on my venue 8 pro build 10240
  • Because there are situations when you don't want autohide in both desktop AND tablet mode
  • Bingo!
  • Lets see.... Swipe in/click for action center Click to disable tablet mode Tap/click screen to get focus back Right click/tap and hold taskbar Select properties Check auto hide taskbar Click ok Swipe in for action center (or move your mouse down and wait for taskbar to reappear, click action center) Select tablet mode Finally have taskbar auto hiding in tablet mode. Repeat steps in reverse to disable auto hide for desktop mode Yep, seems way easier than just installing this app that does it automatically......
  • This does NOT auto-hide the Taskbar on the Start Screen in Tablet mode. It works only when an app is open! Auto-hide should work everywhere!
  • why would you want it to hide on the start sceen. the start screen is a place to get to all of your apps so it makes sense that the system buttons are visible there
  • Aesthetically, the screen looks better and also there is more screen estate. Especially when using a smaller screen like the SP3. In fact, if the action/notification centre contained a bit more info there would be no need for the taskbar, unless you prefer to use it. System buttons could easily be added to the notifications centre along with the time, as per 8.1. With the options to use pen, touch, mouse & keyboard and precision keypad, the option to have an auto-hide taskbar as an option is a no brainer, imo anyway. And the option to auto-hide the taskbar in desktop is available, so why not in tablet mode. This makes no sense.
  • Until recently, this did not work. MS have not mentioned it, so many don't realise. Especially as it seems not to work initially, as the taskbar shows on the start screen even when it should be hidden which makes it look like nothing's changed. This trick does now work, though it still needs tweaking (start screen and different setting from desktop mode). What we need now is an option for setting TRUE full screen apps for ALL touch apps as default, with snap. And boot to start screen. And true full screen Edge. And the T650 touch pad properly detected as a precision (the MOST precision in fact) touch pad. And the ability to pull the full apps list out to full screen. And a full screen of tiles in portrait mode instead of a thin strip down the middle (Seriously? That got past QC?). And... well you get the point. Umm, still some way to go, but hopefully the message is now being received.
  • because people are plain lazy. 3 clicks seem too much for them. they seem to think it's useless a taskbar on tablet mode but on desktop they need it always on....
  • Any why is that wrong to think that way?  On a desktop people can be heavily multitaking and likeley using a mouse.  Auto hiding taskbars can become very annoying.  They slow you down when trying to switch apps and often accedentally bounce open when the mouse gets too close.  There is a reason only 0.5% of users autohide the taskbar. In tablet mode people are not using a mouse and probably are not multitasking to a great degree.  In this mode of operation it becomes very natural for your hands to swipe in from the edges to perform tasks while maximizing screen realestate and preventing accidental touches of taskbar elements.  Think about why "hide running programs" is the default option in tablet mode.  Without that tablet mode would become a nightmare to someone using it flat on a desk.
  • Beware that this setting syncs between devices if you don't change the default sync settings. And the taskbar is always visible on the start screen, but it disappears as soon as you open an app.
  • Actually in 10525 tablet mode, you can swipe down a little from the top for a makeshift full screen option
  • Continuum is supposed do away with extra steps in making the ui different between form factors.
  • That had been there for a while.
  • That's in the RTM Build also, and also works in desktop mode as well. Still not a full solution..
  • Its subtle - it basically 'hides' the taskbar and all apps run full-screen when in tablet mode - and then it's back to normal in desktop when I reconnect my type cover - it's automatic - you might want to hide it on tablet and show it on desktop and not have to go through the hoops of hiding/unhiding all the time - I like this, but to be honest, this should be baked into windows already i wonder how much someone will need to spend to 'fix' features that should already be in the product.  
  • If software was held back from release until every feature request, every bug, and every minor defect was implemented/fixed, then the software would never ever get released, and we'd all be complaining that it had been in development for much too long. I'd much rather have the new stuff sooner, perhaps unfinished and missing a few things, then watch as it evolves and improves over time. Those that do not want this are not forced to buy the product, and can exercise their God given free will to not buy it (or get a free upgrade in this case) for 6 months.
  • why should it be baked? I don't see why Microsoft had to spend time on that only for couple windows tablet users that aren't happy and are L-A-Z-Y. They made it this way because they wanted to, they know taskbar is useful for multitasking, why should they waste time on it while they can bring better and useful features? They might bring it later, I don't care. but I don't get why it had to be baked for RTM when it works fine the way it is.
  • Ease of use and laziness are not the same issue. Please, never design a UI. You really don't get the concepts. You see, tablets require different considerations. These things have already been considered and developed (see W8). The only reason they are not present is sloppy design and thinking from MS.
  • If I had to guess I would think MS forced the task bar because they added the back arrow and wanted to keep consistent with the phone design.  Which is why the option to hide running apps is by default as well.  But IMHO, this wasn't such a great decision for tablets.  I'm sure in a future build we will see either independent settings or universal full screen support from the title bar on apps.
  • Why is this not an option in windows
  • My tablet has Auto Hide enabled.
  • Has anyone checked the feedback on this to see if it's a feature people want?
  • Yes. Many tablet mode features seemed to have been ignored or put on the backburner to get the desktop mode working the way people want it. Makes sense given the number of desktop users but I sure hope the next big update in October brings tablet mode features on par with Windows 8.
  • It also makes sense given the amount of flames and vitriol Microsoft receive the last time around (Windows 8) by being perceived to be ignoring desktop mode and focussing on tablet mode instead. "We" can't really have it both ways it seems, and it'll take time to get the balance right.
  • MS was stupid then and is stupid now. With win 8 they pissed off Desktop users by not giving them options to use the GUI in an effiecent manner for Desktop. In Win 10 they piss off Tablet users by not giving them enough options to use the GUi in an efficent manner for Tablets. Did MS learn nothing? MS could have tweaked a few thing and added a few optional setting for Tablet mode in win 10 that would allow users to use Win 10 on a tablet as effecinetly as they use Win 8 on a tablet while not cuasing any harm to Desktop mode users. It's like they wanted to spite Tablet mode users on purpose just to when the favor back of Desktop users.  
  • Except, W8 did give us both ways. All it needed was a start menu. Not an enema.
  • Or just tap the full screen button on the title bar of the app (the icon looks like a diagonal double-headed arrow) you want full screen while using that app... or right click (or tap and hold) the task bar to enable auto hide so it's always hidden. Is this not available to everyone on Windows 10?
  • We want taskbar to hide in tablet mode and show in desktop mode or at least an option for it. I don't want to go to task bar properties to set this as I switch between the two modes all the time. I use the modes interchangeably and switch often, I'm sure others do also.
  • Not all apps have that feature.  For some reason ones that should have it don't have it enabled.
  • and there does not seem to be a way to 'remember' the setting between subsequent launches of the app - i already posted feedback
  • $1.35 for an app that hides a taskbar?
  • You could buy the app and easily get rid of the taskbar or-upthread-you could see how long it would take otherwise.
  • Application.   Apps target the Windows Runtime and run as such. This is a System Tray (Notification Area) Windows Application. If this were XP there would be NO WAY I'd install this.   Likely this is just toggling a registry setting on continuum event.  
  • You can hide it tablet mode, but you have to switch to desktop mode to do it as auto-hide.
  • This.
    But its impossible to unhide unless you go back to start
  • It appears if you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • No, you can't. It will still be visible om the start screen. It will only hide once you open an app.
  • Sorry to be off topic but can someone friendly send an invite to Xbox One Preview Program? Name tag 'Vanamilia'.
  • There's a forum for that, but better be quick cause MS will start to lower the number of people to be admitted.
  • I'll wait for MS to finish Win10. Im sure they'll add it by then. Right?
  • Great work, dev. Now if only someone can release an app that brings back Onedrive placeholders, a Metro full screen gesture browser we'd be golden!
  • yes, if they just fix the start screen in tablet mode as well, so we get the look and feel of Windows 8.1. in that mode. All apps list for instance suck in Windows 10 , great in Windows 8.1.  User switching as well , and power off/restart   and i still want the charms bar, not the "activation center"
  • I managed to hide it on mine. Auto hide in desktop mode then it hides in tablet mode as well
  • It helps to read the earlier comments before posting. The issue is not a problem for those that stay in tablet mode 100% of the time. As you say, you can then set it to auto-hide and leave it set that way permanently. No, the issue is for people who switch back and forth and only want it to hidden while in tablet mode. Having to change the setting manually every time you attach or detach a keyboard and a Surface Pro 3 for example, is a PITA. This app seems to solve that problem.
  • Well for me the issue is that it won't hide on the start screen in tablet mode. It will only hide when I open an app.
    I always hide the taskbar in desktop mode as well (which by the way also doesn't work on my work PC).
  • Nice, just remember to swipe down to get access to the back arrow.
  • Oh, it also swipes back up for temporary use.  This is how the OS should be.
  • This app just automatically enables and disables the OS' built in taskbar autohide setting depending on if you are in tablet mode or not. It's not the app doing the actual hiding of the taskbar and the swiping up to show it temporarily. That's the OS itself.
  • First drawback I found is your desktop will sync to the Surface taskbar settings.  This appears to toggle the hutohide depending on the tablet mode.  One would probably want to stop syncing settings.
  • I submitted a feedback about thinks like taskbar autohide settings being synched to request that they are not synched by default, so I hope it gets some good votes. I like settigns sync, but I'd like it to be a bit more granular, and I cant seem to find a way of turning off JUST taskbar settings sync. There's just the extremely vague "Other Windows Settings" option.
  • You have to turn off theme syncing to stop this taskbar autohide setting from syncing to other pc's
  • Thank god!!!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Which one?
  • The great and holy Sir Clive Sinclair of course. The god of IT.
  • the built in Windows Auto-hide taskbar work perfectly fine in tablet mode when I open apps the taskbar is hidden and swipe at the bottom of the taskbar to make it show. the only problems seem to be in desktop mode when taskbar is hidden I can't swipe up at the bottom of taskbar to make it show.  anyone notice this problem on touchscreen device?
  • I dont believe all of the edge swipe gestures are enabled while outside of tablet mode. I would guess this includes the bottom-upwards swipe.
  • Swipe up to reveal the hidden Taskbar works perfectly on my SP3 in both Tablet and Desktop mode.
  • Wait, the auto-hide baked into the Windows preferences definitely works in tablet mode, I'm using it right now.
  • SIGH
  • Also on the start screen??
  • Yes, it works when apps are open but not on the Start screen in Tablet mode. For me anyway.
  • Exactly. I have no use for it on the starts screen, I find it ugly as well.
  • Can I get an app that forces my SP3 to consistenly open up in tablet mode? When I upgraded I set all of the settings needed so that my SP3 will start in tablet mode, and this happend maybe 70-80% of the time. The rest of the time I get a blank screen and I have to either keeping selecting the Windows logo (on keyboard or side or tablet or taskbar) many, many times before tablet mode loads. I did call Windows 10 support....two times. I would've been better off taking it to an Apple store as these poeple, where english is a not their native language, knew nothing other than the lame scripts in front of them! I like Windows 10 a lot....heck I broke out my 1520 and 1020 and loaded Insider Preview 10512 I like Windows 10 so much (but that fiasco is a different story). BUt I am getting tired of the bugs and inconsitencies with things like table mode. I'm going to reset back to Windows 8.1 because it was rock solid......oh and I bought a table because I wanted a tablet and the experience of a tablet, not a PC that also has touch.
  • I have my SP3 enabled to open in Tablet mode always and it does 100% of the time. There are times it opens in Tablet mode and it does not show the Tiles and I need to touch or click on the screen, anywhere, and the tiles appear.
    I have sent feedback on this and hope this is fixed very soon. But, I do love W10 and keeping it on my SP3. Guess the next major update will fix these types of bugs.
  • nice!
  • Since I don't have Windows 10 is there a way to buy the app as the web store was abandoned? This is one app dev I want to support.
  • Would be nice to just be able to hide it in metro apps. Really dumb that the only way to watch Netflix without the toolbar is to go to desktop mode and press the full full screen mode (the two arrows). Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I have auto-hide taskbar enabled ao never see the Taskbar in Tablet or Desktop mode. Except on the Tablet mode Start screen.
  • Having the maim buttons (start, back, Cortana and task view) in the middle of the task bar would be very nice! ... Almost like on phones...
  • Can someone tell me if where i can get a browser that give me full screen like old faithful IE in modern metro UI mode?  I do not want scroll bar on the side of those so called full screen mode in edge, or firefox.
  • Like this? (didn't realize i can't attach an image from a local file)
  • Sad you need a app to do this. Something Microsoft could add easily with "Windows as a service"....
  • Oh sweet jesus thank you, this app works great. So ridiculous MS ignored us in the Tech Preview, I bugged devs and submitted a ton of feedback through offcial means during the entire tech preview program. Now I just need a full screen web browser that works as well on amTablet as Metro IE. I've tried tweaking Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Edge and cannot simulate the Metro IE touch experience with no luck.
  • Not working on my linx 7.. taskbar just pops back up as soon as you exit to startmenu.. It also causes my desktop PC to switch on autohide on the taskbar in desktop. Seems like they fiddle with the registry.. I send them a message on this and they quickly refunded, leaving the license key active.. We'll see what happens next and whether they fix this.
  • Auto hide is activating on your desktop because settings are being synced, blame Microsoft for not allowing individual sync settings to be selected. And at less than $1.50 this is hardly a money grab......
  • Provide feedback for this feature, it'll get there eventually.
  • Just right click the taskbar and make it auto hide. This works in tablet mode. The app this article is referring to is pointless and the author should have researched the auto hide ability of Windows 10 a bit more.
  •  I don't know what your experience is but my Dell Inspiron 7000 on build 10240 and Surface Pro on build 10525 both works with hidden task bar in *both* Desktop and Tablet mode.
  • Does the taskbar auto-hide on the Start screen in Tablet mode. Mine does not, but it does auto-hide once an app is open. I want it to auto-hide on the Start screen too in Tablet mode.
  • why do you need it to hide when on the start screen? Are you there for very long?
  • Since Windows 7 I always auto-hide the taskbar and as it also works in Windows 10, except on the Tablet start screen, which makes no sense. Especially as an app developer can make it work yet Microsoft have not. More screen space and looks better ascetically, which are both important to me.
  • Windows 10 is obviously still such a work in progress.
    Maybe I'll update in November, or possibly next year.
  • I have a surface pro 3, and use it as a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop.  This is exactly what I wanted.  Having to manually change settings all the time when flipping between desktop and tablet mode is obnoxious. No extra steps should need to be taken when I want to read my kids a book on Kindle, or get Edge full screen when I leave my desk, or the opposite when I hook back up to my docking station. I have to manually toggle this setting 10x per day. 
  • Seems like a lot of design elements in Windows 10 are unfinished or simply not polished. Formatting in the Start menu alone is atrocious, and that's supposed to be the main selling point for 10! I can imagine all the designer teams at Microsoft in agony, waiting for their chance to push their updates through.
  • Anybody in the US selling a surface 3 keyboard for $50 or less?
  • Odd, in win 10 on my surface 3 the taskbar autohides in tablet mode and I must swipe up to reveal it. I am using the official bits so not a beta thing...
  • Auto-hide works fully in Desktop but in Tablet mode the taskbar will not auto-hide on the Start screen but does auto-hide once an app is open. Unless your taskbar auto-hides on the Start screen in Tablet mode, you have the same functions?
  • Purchased, loving it!
  • Cool
  • It is possible to autohide taskbar in system, without any app
  • not properly no .. 
  • Auto-hide is nice, but is there a way to play Netflix in fullscreen (tablet mode) without the taskbar, not using this app?
  • Netflix is one of the apps that supports full screen.  However, it needs to be toggled every time. One approach MS could use is give every app full screen (not just developer choice) and remeber the last used setting.  If that were the case this wouldn't even need to be a setting.
  • I don't mind it.  i like it so far as I have quick info on the time and other stuff. 
  • I like the fact that every writer at windowscentral is now deleting my comments from all posts. This shows the respect and power of truth. Truth wins
  • How do I navigate "Back" without the Back button on the taskbar then?
  • The problem with ALL of this is that Microsoft stupidly killed almost all the touch-like gestures the MOUSE has in Windows 8.  I could use the mouse to swipe from the left or right to bring up the running apps or Charms.  You can't do that in Windows 10.  The mouse is virtually useless in Windows 10.  I have all my test devices permanently in Tablet Mode, so even if I were to use the above mentioned app to get rid of the annoying Task Bar, it doesn't fix the bigger issue of not being able to use the mouse as fully as I can in Windows 8.  Microsoft fails again.
  • Gestures using mouse were problematic, they are good for touch only.
  • I absolutely hated those gestures and I'm glad to see them die. Mouse is pixel-accurate and meant for clicking, not wiggling around randomly. I can't even count how many times I've accidentally opened that stupid charms bar.
  • No thx, I like having a taskbar in tablet mode.
  • The biggest problem with tablets and tablet mode in windows 10 is the HUGE battery drain in connected standby. If MS don't fix this any tablet which supports connected standby is useless with windows 10.