Hide Cortana in Windows 10 to free up space on the Taskbar

Last week we looked at how to free up space on the Taskbar by hiding the Task View button.  Continuing the theme of decluttering, this week we are going to look at how you can free up space on the Taskbar by hiding Cortana.

Cortana is a digital assistant that was introduced with Windows 10.  It’s similar to Siri or Google Assistant.  In the default Windows 10 setup, there is a Cortana search box next the Start button.

If you use a PC in an office you are unlikely to use Cortana and so you could free up a lot of space on the Taskbar by hiding it.

To hide Cortana:

  1. Right-click on an empty part of the Taskbar
  2. Point to the Cortana menu at the top
  3. Select Hidden