Tablet Mode is a special touch screen oriented mode in Windows 10. When enabled, it changes the behavior of the Start menu and turns it into a fullscreen Start experience. Universal apps also open full screen and desktop apps open maximized in Tablet Mode. With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has added the ability to auto hide the taskbar in Tablet mode. Here is how to enable this useful feature.
Starting with the recently released Windows 10 build 14328, it is possible to make the taskbar auto hide when in Tablet Mode. This can be done by turning on the appropriate option in the Settings app. Do the following.
Note: when the taskbar is hidden, swipe from the bottom corner of the screen to the middle of the screen to make it appear. the same gesture will make it disappear.
- Open Settings.
- Go to the following Settings page:
- On the right, locate the option called Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode. Enable it to activate taskbar auto hiding.
The same can be done with a Registry tweak.
Enable or disable taskbar auto hiding in Tablet Mode using a Registry Tweak
This can be done as follows.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.
If you don't have such a key, then just create it.
- On the right side, create a new 32-bit DWORD value named TaskbarAutoHideInTabletMode. Set its value data to 1 to enable taskbar auto hiding. A value data of 0 will disable taskbar auto hiding. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
- To apply changes made by editing the Registry, you will need to sign out from your Windows 10 account and the sign in back.