How to Remove a Windows Task Bar

by Bradley Tammen

While the taskbar is useful for navigation in Microsoft Windows, it can be hidden or removed in both XP and Vista if desired.

Moving the task bar: (XP & Vista). Right click on an empty space on the task bar and verify "lock toolbar" is not checked. Drag your cursor to the edge of the task bar until you see a double-sided arrow. With your left mouse button depressed, you'll now be able to drag the task bar out to make it larger.

Auto-hide the taskbar: (XP and Vista). Right click on an empty space on the task bar and select "Properties." (note: it does not matter whether or not you have "Lock Toolbar" checked for this feature to work) Check the "Auto-hide" box, hit apply, then "OK." Your taskbar will now automatically hide itself unless your mouse hovers over the original taskbar location.

Remove the task bar permanently by editing the registry: (Windows XP). Before altering the registry, it's a good idea to create a backup in case something goes wrong. Go to "Start," "Run," "Type" and "Regedit." Go to "File," "Export," type "backup," and save to a location you'll remember. Navigate to the following directories: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace Delete the following subkey: {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1} HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace Delete the following key: {0DF44EAA-FF21-4412-828E-260A8728E7F1}


  • close Use caution when making changes to the registry. If you attempt to remove the taskbar in XP and you experience errors, you'll need to restore the registry using the backup file.

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About the Author

Bradley Tammen has more than 13 years experience as a professional voice talent, writer and director. Previous and current clients include Yelp, Microsoft, Current TV, TruTV, Everyday Health, National Library of Medicine, American Heart Association, Web 2.0 Expo, Pandora and The Art of Living Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in broadcasting and communications.

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