taskbar stays visible when too many programs/windows/tabs open

I set
hide taskbar windows 10
using control panel

usually works

but then if I have too many programs (firefox, chrome, skype, notepad)
and too many windows

then taskbar stays and does not hide

So then I need to close programs/windows

I hope I dont have to close all the programs/windows

I try one at a time then hope taskbar disappears

Is there an easier way

Like a shortcut to force hide taskbar
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Andrew LeniartEE Senior Editor & Independent IT ConsultantCommented:
Hi rgb192,

The issue you are having is discussed in depth on this article at ghacks.net

In a nutshell, ensure you have selected;

Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode - to On
Use Small Taskbar Items - to On

Taskbar settings
The article goes on to explain what causes the taskbar to re-appear and workarounds to stop it happening, or correcting it.

Give it a look - should help you.

Regards, Andrew

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also make sure taskbar icons stack (default setting) so that all Word icons stack, all Edge icons stack and so on. That limits the number of icons.

I have small icons on, they stack and I have oodles of spare space.

Look farther down the Settings and select Combine Taskbar buttons, Always, and Hide labels.
rgb192Author Commented:
Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + R to open the runbox.
    Type cmd.
    Type taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
    Type explorer
    Type exit

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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