In Windows 10 and earlier versions, the taskbar is visible by default and takes about 5% of the screen. If you are on a laptop or small screen PC, you might want to hide the taskbar when a window is maximized to get more screen real estate.
For instance, you might want to automatically hide the taskbar when you maximize the File Explorer.
Windows 10, like its predecessors, automatically hides the taskbar when you open a window in full screen. It’s worth noting that full-screen window mode is different from maximized window mode (you can see the title bar in maximized window mode by default).
Not all programs out there support the full-screen mode, but most web browsers such as Edge, Google Chrome, and Firefox support the full screen. But what if you want to automatically hide the taskbar when a window is maximized?
SmartTaskbar for Windows 10
SmartTaskbar is a little utility designed to automatically hide the Windows 10 taskbar (supports earlier versions of Windows as well) to give you more screen real estate.
If you want to get more screen space without hiding the taskbar, SmartTaskbar can help you there as well. When the adaptive mode is turned on in SmartTaskbar, it makes the taskbar buttons smaller to get you more space without hiding the taskbar.
There are two modes in SmartTaskbar. The first is, Auto Mode. And the second is, Adaptive mode. In the Auto Mode, SmartTaskbar automatically hides the taskbar when a window is maximized. When in Adaptive mode, it reduces the taskbar buttons’ size to free up more screen space. Yo can select a mode by right-clicking on its tray icon.When you close or minimize the window, it automatically restores the taskbar.
Please note that SmartTaskbar is designed for single monitor PCs. So, it might not work well on multi-monitor setups.