Windows 7 allows users customize the taskbar in a number of ways. One can auto-hide the taskbar to improve screen area, show small icons on taskbar buttons to accommodate more programs, move taskbar to the top, left or right of the screen, and labels on taskbar buttons.
Users who need more power to customize the default look and behavior of the taskbar have plenty of free programs to choose from. Some time back, we compiled a list of 7 best free tools available to tweak and customize Windows 7 taskbar. In our 7 free tools to customize and tweak Windows 7 taskbar article we have covered some of the best free tools available to personalize the taskbar in the latest version of Windows client.
There are several other standalone tools available to hide Windows taskbar and we have covered a few good tools in the days gone by. While all tools that we reviewed work as advertised they don’t allow you hide the taskbar buttons. Users who always use keyboard shortcuts to launch programs and switch between open windows might like the idea of hiding taskbar buttons.
For users who would like to hide the taskbar buttons, here is a portable tool for your job. The tool we are talking about is HideAndShowTaskbarContents. This tool also lets you hide taskbar in Windows, in case if you want to hide full taskbar with all contents. Note that you can’t use this tool to hide notification area and start orb.
As you can see in the above picture, when you hide the taskbar contents, only Start orb, date and time appear on the taskbar. All pinned program icons and running application icons aren’t hidden by HideAndShowTaskbarContents tool.
Also note that this tool works fine on both x86 and x64 versions of Windows. You might also like to know to how to hide only notification area (system tray) in Windows 7.