Windows 11 taskbar wont autohide unless the windows (start) button is used

nathan cole 1 Reputation point

only by clicking the windows button and opening the start memu will the taskbar actually autohide. closing any other program or even moving my mouse off it wont work. is this a known issue or is there a fix for it? thank you :)

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  1. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,401 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    One common cause for the issue is that programs may block the functionality because it requires user interaction. This may happen when an UAC prompt is displayed during installation, but it may also happen when you receive calls, new emails, chat messages, or when program operations complete. The program icon flashes, usually, when that is the case.

    All it takes to resolve this is to interact with the program. Click on the program icon and interact with the prompt that is displayed. Once done, the taskbar should hide again automatically.

    In addition, you can also try to solve it by restarting the resource manager process on the windows11 system. The operation steps are:

    1. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc to bring up the Windows Task Manager.
    2. Select "more details" if the basic version is displayed.
    3. Switch to the Details tab.
    4. Locate the process explorer.exe.
    5. Right-click on the process and select "End task" from the context menu.
    6. Select File > Run new task.
    7. Type explorer.exe.
    8. Select OK.

    Best Regards,
    Wesley Li