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How to Fix the Windows Taskbar when it’s not hiding in Full Screen

Windows Taskbar will not hide?

Many PC users would fancy some additional monitor space on their windows screen. For windows 10 particularly, the taskbar is relatively large. It takes up a chunk of this space, and if you were able to remove it and only have it when needed, it would free up some real estate.

It can also make your desktop look cleaner and tidier. Many people are unaware that the taskbar can be hidden or even made more dynamic using the auto-hide feature. Lucky for us, windows 10 taskbar hiding options are somewhat similar to those of earlier versions of windows.

Should you be worried?

Though there have been several cases of windows taskbar not hiding, it should not be a case of great concern to you. We will outline several fixes for you to help your windows 10 taskbar auto-hide.

It should be noted that even though these fixes apply directly to Windows 10 version, they can relate to other windows’ versions as well. Where there are differences, they will be pointed out.

Simple, quick Fixes to start with

Before digging deeper, try clicking randomly on the desktop to see if the taskbar responds. Sometimes, the taskbar insists on being visible until you trigger an action on the screen.

Other times, the cursor may have rested on the taskbar preventing it from dropping into hiding. It’s important to start with these two simple checks first before troubleshooting any further.

Restart

Restarting the PC has always been a viable solution. It wouldn’t be such a popular option if it never worked. Well, it does.

restart the pc

Step #1

Right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager,” or use the keyboard short-cut CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.

windows explorer on task manager

Step #2

Select Windows Explorer under processes and click on it.

Step #3

Click Restart.

Command Line Prompt

You might prefer using a command line to restart, or you might want to create a script for future use.

Step #1

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + R

Step #2

Type cmd on the run box.

Step #3

Type Taskkill /im explorer.exe /f

Step #4

Type explorer

Step #5

Type exit.

Background Apps

When a regular application needs your attention, its icon will start flashing, and the taskbar will intentionally remain visible until you take action. An example is when you have a skype notification.

background apps icon

For such cases, click on the icon and address the issue or remove the icon from the taskbar.

Step #1

Open “Taskbar preferences,” by right-clicking on the taskbar

Step #2

Select “Preferences”

preferences on taskbar

Step #3

On the “Settings panel,” locate the “notification area.”

Step #4

Click to “Taskbar” and choose “select which icons appear on the taskbar.”

icons app on taskbar settings

You can remove all icons or any icon that has a recurring issue and solve the problem at a later time.

Step #1

On the “Settings” panel, go to the “select which icons appear on the taskbar.” There’s an option to turn off icon notification on the taskbar.

taskbar settings panel

Otherwise, it could be a background application. Background applications start automatically during normal startup operation.  If there’s an issue with such applications, a notification balloon pops up to inform you. This action also causes the taskbar to remain visible.

notification balloon

You can choose to close the popup, which will only procrastinate the issue to another time, or you can address the problem.

Verify Taskbar Settings

It is quite unlikely that taskbar settings would reset on their own, but after a windows’ system upgrade, it is possible that this might happen. The next step will therefore be to verify if the taskbar settings are set for automatic hiding.

Step #1

Right-click on an empty spot on the taskbar.

Step #2

On the menu that will pop up, select “Settings.”

settings on list

The settings panel will appear. There are two taskbar options that concern us; automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode and automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

taskbar options

Step #3

If you toggle with these options, the taskbar stays hidden and only appears when you move the cursor to the bottom of the screen.

Step #4

If you’re using a tablet device, choose the second option. The taskbar will only be visible when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Step #5

If you’re using Windows 8 or 7, right click on the taskbar and select “Properties.”

Step #6

On the Taskbar tab, check “Auto-hide the taskbar.”

taskbar and start menu properties

Group Policy

If a system administrator made changes to group policies, whatever changes you make on an individual computer level will always be overridden by these policies. To check whether the policies have been tampered with;

Step #1

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + R to open the run dialog.

Step #2

Type “gpedit.msc” to open the group policy editor.

Step #2

Navigate to the entry, “User Configuration\administrative tools\start menu and Task Bar.”

group policy editor

Step #3

When the right-hand window expands, look for the entry “Lock all Task Bar Settings” and double-click it to open.

The window that opens has three options, Not Configured, Enabled and Disabled.

Lock all Task Bar Settings

Enabled means all Task Bar settings for your systems are locked, so you disable it.

You can now head on to your PC, make your preferential changes and auto-hide the taskbar.