By Vivian / Last Updated January 21, 2022

My Windows 10 local taskbar showing on Remote Desktop

“When I make a Remote Desktop full-screen connection between Windows 10 and Windows 7, the local taskbar is not covered by the RDP window and the remote PC’s taskbar as it used to be. How can I make the local taskbar hide behind the RDP full-screen window?”

Why is my taskbar showing?

It’s kind of annoying and irritating if the local PC taskbar is showing on Remote Desktop. The reason for this is partly because of Windows Explorer. The taskbar is an extension of Windows Explorer. If the “Explore” is been freezing, then the taskbar will not be hidden.

Another reason is the application’s fault. If the app status changes frequently, then the taskbar will stay open. Check the running apps and closing them may help.

How do I hide the local taskbar in Remote Desktop?

Here we summarize 3 fixes together to guide you to fix Remote Desktop show local taskbar on Windows 11, 10, 8...

Fix 1. Restart the “Explorer” process

Step 1. On the local PC, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open “Task Manager”.

Step 2. Locate on “Processes”, and then scroll down to find “Windows Explorer”. Right-click on it and then select “Restart”.

Restart Windows Explorer

Fix 2. Disable programs on the Startup tab

Step 1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to open Task Manager.

Step 2. Locate on “Startup” and then find some programs you don’t need autorunning.

Startup Disable

Fix 3. Reset the taskbar

Step 1. Press Win + I and then open Settings.

Step 2. Click on Personalization.


Step 3. On the left pane, click on “Taskbar”. And then select “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”.

Taskbar Hide

AnyViewer: Easily realize Remote Desktop fullscreen

According to the feedback of some users, they found that the issues can’t be fixed permanently and the local taskbar remains to show on Remote Desktop after trying several times. At this time, it’s strongly recommended to use a third-party remote access software-- AnyViewer.

With the icon shown, AnyViewer can realize full screen without the showing of the local taskbar. Moreover, the easy operation, the fast connection, and the free charge make AnyViewer be of significantly popular. AnyViewer is not only supporting Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 but also Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. Follow me and look at how it works.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Step 1. Download and install AnyViewer on both two computers, find Settings on the interface on the host PC and then click on it.

Temporary Code

Step 2. Then click on “Recipient”, choose the third option “Set my security code”, type the security code you want and then click on “OK”. Return to the main interface.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the client PC, input the device ID of the host PC in the Partner ID box, click on “Connect”.


Step 4. On the client PC, a pop-up window will appear, choose the 2nd option and then input the security code and click on “OK”. Then the connection is successful.

Security Code

Step 5. Click on the square icon and then you can achieve full screen without the taskbar showing.

Full Screen Icon

Note: For the attended access, “Send control request” can be a nice try.


How to fix the local taskbar showing on Remote Desktop? We mainly illustrate 3 methods to help you out of the problem. However, if the solutions are not working for you, it’s wiser to use remote access software-- AnyViewer.