How To Fix Taskbar Showing In Fullscreen in Windows 10

The Taskbar by default is usually located at the bottom of the screen on Windows. Whenever Windows user is watching a YouTube video in full screen, opening a document, playing games in full screen and or browsing websites on Google Chrome or Firefox on full screen the taskbar should normally hide. However, in this case there have been reports wherein issues with taskbar showing in fullscreen on their Windows PC. It can be frustrating for some as it can be distracting to whatever it is you are doing in full screen mode. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series, we will talk about the recommended troubleshooting methods that you can try to fix taskbar showing in fullscreen on Windows 10.

What to do if Taskbar Showing In Fullscreen mode

If Taskbar is showing on fullscreen mode when it is not supposed to be there, try the following methods below to hide the taskbar.

Method 1: Disable Lock Taskbar

Lock Taskbar is a new feature in Windows operating system that locks that taskbar in place to prevent it from moving unintentionally or accidentally. Although it is a useful feature, it can also cause taskbar not hiding but stays in place even in Full screen mode. To fix this, you may need to disable Lock Taskbar feature.

To do this:

  1. Right click anywhere on the taskbar

    Taskbar Showing In Fullscreen

  2. Click Taskbar Settings.

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  3. At Taskbar window under Taskbar, toggle OFF the option “Lock the taskbar”

    Taskbar Showing In Fullscreen

  4. Exit Settings window.

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After Lock taskbar feature is already disabled, enable full screen mode on any application and then check is taskbar showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

Method 2: Restart Windows explorer process in Task Manager

There are instance where a corrupt system file on File explorer can cause issues with the computer, in this case Windows 10 taskbar not hiding while on fullscreen mode. Try to restart windows explorer process as restarting fixes corrupt files on file explorer and then check if the issue will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box. (Alternate step: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager)
  2. At RUN dialog box, type “taskmgr” and press Enter or click OK to open Task Manager
  3. Inside Task Manager window, click Processes tab
  4. Right click on Windows Explorer and click Restart from the drop down menu. or click on the restart button at the lower right.

After restarting windows explorer in task manager, enable fullscreen mode on any application and then check if taskbar in windows showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

Method 3: Enable Auto-hide Feature

To temporarily fix Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue on Fullscreen, you can try to enable auto-hide taskbar in desktop mode and tablet mode. This means that taskbar will be hidden not until user brings the mouse pointer to where the taskbar is being placed.

To do this:

  1. Click Start or Press Windows button
  2. Click Settings, an icon that looks like a gear. This will open Windows Settings.
  3. At Windows Settings section, click Personalization.
  4. At left pane, click Taskbar
  5. At right pane, toggle ON both the options “Automatically hide the taskbar in Desktop mode (Normal mode) and “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

After enabling auto-hide taskbar, enable fullscreen mode on any application and then check if Windows 10 taskbar showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

Method 4: Turn OFF Visual Effects

There are instances where visual effects can sometimes cause conflict with applications on your computer and can cause issues. Try to disable visual effects and then check if taskbar not hiding issue will be resolved.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type “Control Panel” and press Enter or click OK to open Control Panel.
  3. Inside Control panel, make sure View by is set to Large icons.
  4. Click System
  5. Click Advanced System Settings located at right pane.
  6. At System Properties, click Advanced tab
  7. Under Performance section, click Settings tab.
  8. Choose the option ” Adjust for best performance”
  9. Click Apply to apply changes made
  10. Click OK to exit System Properties.

After Turning off visual effects, enable full screen mode on any application and then check if Windows 10 taskbar showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

Method 5: Override High DPI scaling behavior in Google Chrome

There are some users claimed that overriding high DPI scaling behavior on Chrome fixes this issue. Try this method to confirm.

To do this:

  1. Right click on Google chrome shortcut usually located on your desktop
  2. Click Properties from the drop down menu.
  3. Click Compatibility tab.
  4. Click Change high DPI settings under Settings section
  5. At new window, click to check the option “Override high DPI scaling behavior”.
  6. Choose application at the drop down menu.
  7. Click OK to exit.
  8. Click Apply to apply changes made.
  9. Click OK to exit Chrome Properties.

Method 6: Disable Chrome Hardware acceleration

Since the issue usually occurs and experienced by users using google chrome browser, try to disable hardware acceleration on chrome and check if taskbar in windows not hiding issue will be resolved.

To do this:

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Click on the three vertical dots located at the the upper right
  3. Click Settings from the drop from the drop down menu.
  4. Scroll down and click “Advanced”
  5. Scroll down and locate System section
  6. Toggle OFF option “Use hard acceleration when available” to disable it.
  7. Exit Settings

check if Windows 10 taskbar showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

Method 7: Check for Windows update

If none of the above mentioned methods did not fix taskbar not hiding in fullscreen mode issue, you may need to check for updates and download updates if available. Updating fixes bugs that may have caused this issue to occur. Updating also ensures computer has the latest features and enhanced security as well.

To do this:

  1. Click Start or Press Windows button
  2. Click Settings, an icon that looks like a gear. This will open Windows Settings.
  3. At Windows Settings section, click Update & Security.
  4. Click Windows update at left pane
  5. Click Check for updates tab at right pane. Windows will now check for available updates and automatically download it if there are any. Wait for it to complete.

After installing updates (if there are any) or windows has the latest version, enable full screen mode on any application and then check if Windows 10 taskbar showing in fullscreen issue still occurs.

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