How to Hide a Taskbar on Windows CE

Updated April 17, 2017

Windows CE is an open, scalable, 32-bit operating system designed to run on small devices like mini computers and PDAs. Because Windows CE runs on small devices, there are times when you may want to hide the taskbar to make more room on the screen. You can autohide it by clicking on the “Start” menu, selecting “Settings,” then “taskbar” and “Autohide.” If the autohide function is not available, you must activate it in the Windows CE registry.

Close all active programs and back up your data. Click on the Windows “Start” menu. Type “regedit” in the “Run” field. The registry editor will launch.

Click the toggle arrow next to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE." Click the toggle arrow next to “SOFTWARE.” Scroll down and click the toggle arrow next to “Microsoft.” Scroll down and right-click on “Shell.”

Single-click on “Shell” to view the contents. If “AutoHide” exists, skip the next step.

Right-click on “Shell,” select “New,” then “Key” and name the new key “AutoHide.” The new key should now appear in the “Shell” folder.

Right-click on the “AutoHide” key, select “New” and click on “DWord.” Name the new DWord “Default.”

Right-click on “Default” and select “Modify.” Set the value data to “0” to enable the Autohide function. Close out of the registry and restart your computer.


If not done properly, editing the registry may render your operating system inoperable. Always back up all data prior to making any changes to the registry. It is also recommended that only advanced users make changes to the registry.

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