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

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

/ Shayne Sherman

Using the full screen mode of your PC is a great and useful feature when you need to do specific actions. For example, fullscreen mode is wonderful feature when playing games, watching movies, or other desktop mode software. Most of the time, you only need to press several buttons to enjoy the full screen. Unfortunately, there will be times when your Windows 10 taskbar will not automatically hide.

In this article, you’ll find solutions on how to automatically hide the taskbar. The solutions here will fix any Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issues.

Windows 10 Taskbar will not hide on Full screen mode?

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 you will be able to enjoy full screen mode better.

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 if I can’t Automatically Hide the Taskbar?

Though there have been several cases of Windows being unable to automatically hide the taskbar, 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 especially when you need to access full screen mode.

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.

Why is the taskbar showing in Fullscreen?

Windows 10 is one of the most advanced OS in the market today. Unfortunately, Windows users are not guaranteed to always have a smooth experience. In some situations, you’ll experience issues like Windows 10 taskbar not hiding in fullscreen mode. There is a range of reasons why you might encounter this.

  • Multiple full screen mode apps – A common reason is when multiple apps are all on full screen mode, this may cause the Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue. You’ll need to select task manager to restart windows explorer and fix the issue.
  • When Auto Hide is Enabled – You will experience Windows 10 taskbar not hiding if the “Automatically Hide the Taskbar” option is enabled. As a result, whether on tablet mode or desktop mode option, you will experience this issue. Perhaps when playing games or watching movies, each time your mouse pointer goes to the taskbar, you will see the taskbar appear.
  • When notifications are displayed – Sometimes app notifications are displayed to inform you of the status of an application. Therefore, even when using full screen you will likely see that taskbar.

Simple, quick fixes to start with

Before digging deeper, try clicking randomly on the desktop to see if the Windows 10 taskbar responds. Sometimes, the Windows 10 taskbar insists on being visible until you trigger an action on the screen.

If you have multiple full screen apps on, you should turn them off. Right-click on your task manager and select task manager. In the processes tab, turn off the full screen applications. The processes tab will show you all that is currently running on your system.

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.

Fix #1: Use the Advanced Repair Tool (Restoro)

The easiest way to solve any issues with the Windows 10 Taskbar not hiding is to use Restoro. This program will help you scan, update, and fix any system issues within your Windows explorer, including the ones connected to the Windows 10 Taskbar.

Follow these steps to download and install Restoro on your PC:

Step #1

Download Restoro for free.

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Wait for the download to complete, then open the file to start the installation process.

Step #2

Begin the installation process by clicking on the file, accept the license agreement by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” marks, and click on the Install and Scan button.

restoro scanning

Step #3

Once installed, Restoro will scan your entire Windows explorer system for errors & issues such as outdated drivers. It’ll also track down the error that caused your Windows 10 taskbar to stop working correctly. Once complete, you will get a detailed view of any errors found, and an option to fix them automatically. While the program works for many issues, you might need a full version to get the full benefits from it.

Step #4

Once the full scan is complete, select the green “Clean Now” button to fix your issues.

restoro scan

Restoro will proceed to fix all errors found on your PC. Once complete, restart windows and check to see if everything works fine. Your sound should now work just fine, and the program should be accessible from the Start menu and taskbar.

If you prefer to manually fix your Windows 10 Taskbar, follow the steps below.

Fix #2: Restart Windows Explorer by Rebooting PC

Known as File Explorer in Windows 10, you can restart your Windows explorer to fix issues with your taskbar. Windows Explorer provides a graphical user interface to allow users to access file systems. In addition, it is also the part of the operating system that shows different interface items on the screen including the taskbar and desktop. Sometimes, Windows explorer can slow down or get stuck. Restarting the PC is always a viable solution.

Here you can find two ways to restart your PC. You can choose task manager or use the command prompt to completely turn off your computer. Turning off your PC is a good way to help your Windows Explorer reboot.

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

Scroll to find Windows Explorer under processes and click on it. Close the task manager and restart your PC.

Aside from the task manager, you can also use the command line to restart, or you might want to create a script for future use.

Step #1

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + R. Type cmd on the run box.

Step #2

Type Taskkill /im explorer.exe /f. Next, type explorer.

Step #3

Type exit.

Turning off your Windows Explorer using the task manager or the command prompt is a good way to fix a range of errors including a seemingly stuck taskbar even when using full screen mode.

Fix #4: Check Background Apps

When restarting Windows explorer task manager did not work, you can check on certain settings that may be affecting your taskbar. You can reset settings with the taskbar in desktop mode to fix the issue.

Whenever a regular application needs your attention, its icon will start flashing, and the taskbar will not automatically hide even when using full screen mode until you take action. An example is when you have a skype notification. In this fix, you need to access your taskbar to fix the issue.

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 settings,” 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 an icon that has a recurring issue and solve the problem at a later time.

Step #5

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. Restart Windows explorer by rebooting your PC.

Fix #5: Verify the Taskbar Settings

It is quite unlikely that taskbar preferences 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 settings in your taskbar 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. Turning auto hide functions in the tablet mode and desktop mode will ensure that your taskbar remains hidden at the appropriate times.

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.” In the end, be sure to restart Windows explorer by rebooting your PC.

taskbar and start menu properties

Fix #6: Check the Group Policy Settings

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. You can also right-click on the Windows logo and select Run.

Step #2

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

Step #2

Navigate to the entry, “User Configurationadministrative toolsstart 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. Restart your Windows Explorer by rebooting your PC and see if it fixes the Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue.

Fix#6: Use The F11 Shortcut To Enter Full Screen Mode

One quick and reliable fix for Windows users is to simply press F11 on your keyboard. If you are experiencing Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue, your function keys may do just the trick to get it fixed. F11 key allows the window of the app that you are using to go into fullscreen mode.

The good news, the F11 shortcut keys works on all Windows versions. Therefore, if you are using VLC and File Explorer, these two will go into fullscreen mode and hide the taskbar. Take note, on some keyboards especially laptops, you may need to press Fn+F11 keys. It would be good to become familiar with your keyboard layout and function.

Fix#7: Override High DPI settings in Chrome

Even Google Chrome users can also experience issues with the taskbar too. For example, while watching YouTube in fullscreen mode, Windows 10 taskbar not hiding is still an issue.

Step #1

Access the Chrome browser menu and click settings.

Step #2

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Advanced.

Step #3

In System heading, uncheck ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’. You will be asked to relaunch your Chrome browser after.

See Also: Steps to Fix the Windows 10 Taskbar

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.