How to Fix Local Taskbar Showing on Remote Desktop

In this post, we mainly demonstrate 3 solutions to help you fix local taskbar showing on Remote Desktop and also explain the possible reasons.


By Ellie / Updated on May 23, 2023

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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 after connecting to a remote computer over the internet. 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 “Processes”, and then scroll down to find “Windows Explorer”. Right-click on it and then select “Restart”. After that, the issue "Local PC taskbar showing on Remote Desktop" would be fixed easily.

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 view the remote desktop in full screen

According to the feedback of some users, they found that the issue "Local taskbar showing on Remote Desktop" can’t be fixed permanently 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 with one click, 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/Server
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Step 1. Install and fire up it on the host computer and client computer. Create an AnyViewer account and sign in to the same account on the two computers. Once you've logged in, the device will be assigned to the account automatically.

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. On your local computer, click "Device" and click the computer that you need to control. Then, click "One-click control" and you can get unattended access with one click from one computer to another computer. Apart from that, you are able to only view the screen of the remote computer, lock it, and so on.

Remote Control

✍ Note: If you upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan, you can get access in privacy mode and enjoy other privileges, including high-quality image, assigning more devices for one-click secure unattended access, managing the power of more remote computers, etc.

If you don't sign in to the same account on the two computers, you can get access by following these steps:

Step 1. On the remote computer, go to "Settings" and enable “Set my security code” to input the security code.

Set my Security Code

Step 2. On the client computer, click “Connect”,  enter the ID of the host computer, and click “Connect”. 


Step 3. To achieve unattended access, choose “Input security code” and type the security code of the host computer. Finally, click “OK” and the remote connection will be established.

Security Code

After connection, you can access the desktop of the remote computer, view files and run apps on the remote PC. 



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.