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How To Show or Hide Task View Button in Windows 11 (3 Ways)


The Task View in Windows is an efficient way to organize multiple tasks at a same time. It provides an overview of all open applications and allows you to switch between them by creating virtual desktops, which are collections of virtual screens that can viewed on the screen at the same time.

It appears that you either don’t use Task View very often and hence want to remove the Task View button from your taskbar, or that you want to start utilizing it to better manage your projects and want to display its icon on the taskbar. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to remove task view button from the taskbar in Windows:


Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Personalization” tab from the Start menu and click the “Taskbar” option from the right pane.

click the personalization option and select the taskbar option
Taskbar option

Step 3: To hide the task view icon from the taskbar, toggle off the “Task View” button. To unhide it, toggle on it.

toggle on or off the task view button in taskbar settings in personalization section in windows settings
Toggle On or Off Task View

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + R” key combination on the keyboard, type: regedit and hit the enter key.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced and double-click the “ShowTaskViewButton” value.

navigate to show task view button value in registry editor
“ShowTaskViewButton” Value

Step 3: To hide the task view icon, set the “value data” to 0. Set the value data to “1” to show the task view icon.

set value data to 0 to hide task view button from the taskbar in registry settings
“ShowTaskViewButton” value > Set Value Data to 0

Step 4: Reboot the computer to make changes take effect and the next time you sign-in, the task view (virtual desktop) will be disabled.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Suggested Article: Backup Registry Editor in Windows.


Step 1: Right-click and create a new text document file.

right click mouse button and create a new text document file
Create New Document

Step 2: To remove the task view icon from taskbar, copy the script below and paste it into the newly created text document.

@echo off
REG DELETE “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MultiTaskingView\AllUpView” /V Enabled /F
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced” /V ShowTaskViewButton /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

batch script to disable task view icon in windows
Batch Script To Disable Task View Button

To show the task view icon on taskbar, copy the script below and paste it into the newly created text document.

@echo off
REG DELETE “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MultiTaskingView\AllUpView” /V Enabled /F
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced” /V ShowTaskViewButton /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F

batch script to enable task view icon in windows
Batch Script To Enable Task View Button

Step 3: On the top left side, click the “File” button and click the “Save as” option.

click the file button and select the save as option
Click File Button > Save As

Step 4: Rename the file, change the file extension from “File_Name.txt” to “File_Name.bat” and save it.

choose the desired location and save the file in bat format
“File_Name.txt” to “File_Name.bat”

Step 5: Double-click the newly created BAT File to execute the script.

Note: On some devices, you might need to restart the computer to reflect changes.
Note: If the script doesn’t work, manually type it into the text document.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to show or hide Task View Icon from taskbar in Windows 11.

The Task View can help you manage tasks while working on numerous desktops at the same time and keep them organized. However, if you don’t use this feature often, you can prevent it from appearing it on the taskbar by following any one of the methods listed above.

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