Manage Taskbar Visibility and Location in Windows 8

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What Is Taskbar Visibility?

Although by default the taskbar is configured to stay always on top of all the application windows and interfaces, this configuration might not be appropriate for the users who use applications with large interfaces. Managing taskbar visibility means making the taskbar available to the users whenever it is required, and making it unavailable in case users are working on any other interface.

How to Configure Taskbar to Auto-hide

To configure Windows 8 taskbar to hide automatically when it is not required, steps below must be followed:

  1. Use the user account to log on to Windows 8 computer on which taskbar is to be auto-hide.
  2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to reach the desktop.
  3. From the desktop screen, right-click the taskbar.
  4. From the context menu that appears, click Properties.
  5. On Taskbar Properties box, make sure that Taskbar tab is selected.
  6. On the selected tab, check Auto-hide the taskbar checkbox to make the taskbar hide automatically when it is not required.

    Check Auto-hide Taskbar Checkbox

  7. Once done, click OK to apply the changes.

Managing Taskbar Location

By default taskbar in Windows 8 is located at the bottom of the screen and, as discussed above, it is configured to remain always on top. In many scenarios, users configure the taskbar to hide automatically in order to make some extra room for the applications that have large interfaces. However this approach might not be useful every time. When this is the case, users can change the default taskbar location and place it to any of the four sides of the window.

Users can change the taskbar location either by dragging the taskbar manually to either side of the window, or they can choose the appropriate location from the drop-down list available in the Taskbar tab of Taskbar Properties box.

How to Change Taskbar Location?

To change taskbar location in Windows 8, steps below must be followed:

Drag the Taskbar Manually

  1. Use the account to log on to Windows 8 computer on which taskbar location is to be changed manually.
  2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to reach the desktop.
  3. From the desktop screen, right-click the taskbar.
  4. From the context menu that appears, click to uncheck Lock the taskbar option in order to unlock the taskbar.

    Unlock the Taskbar

  5. Once unlocked, drag and drop the taskbar to the desired location on the desktop screen to change its location.

    Drag and Drop the Taskbar

Select Location from List

  1. Use the account to log on to Windows 8 computer on which location of the taskbar is to be changed automatically.
  2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to reach the desktop.
  3. From the desktop screen, right-click the taskbar.
  4. From the context menu that appears, click Properties.
  5. On Taskbar Properties box, ensure that Taskbar tab is selected.
  6. On the selected tab, choose the desired taskbar location from Taskbar location on screen drop-down list.

    Choose Desired Location

  7. Click OK to apply the changes when done.
Vivek Nayyar

Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platforms. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations. Technical Writer and Author.
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