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Why is Taskbar Showing Full-screen? How to Fix it

Is your taskbar shows in full screen? This is a very common problem for Windows 10 users for the taskbar to not hide in full-screen mode, making it inconvenient to use full-screen programs. Sometimes, the default option for a program in full screen is to show the taskbar. You may need to manually adjust this.

Windows 10 is the most advanced version of the Windows operating system, but even advanced programs have faults of their own. An example is a taskbar in full-screen that hinders its users. The taskbar staying on your screen while trying to accomplish certain tasks can be a distraction at best and a slight setback at worst.

Luckily, there are quick and easy solutions that will hide your taskbar while you are in full-screen mode. Follow these simple steps for each method in order to restore a new level of convenience to your computer use.

Solution 1: Check your Taskbar Settings

One of the easiest ways to hide your taskbar is to change your taskbar settings. To achieve this, follow the below steps: 

  1. Press your Windows key + I together to open your settings
    taskbar showing in full screen
  2. Next, click Personalization and select Taskbar.
    personaliztion and taskbar
  3. Choose the options “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and “automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode”.
    automatically hide taskbar in desktop
  4. Close the tab.

Solution 2: Restart Windows Explorer

 To use this method, follow the below steps:

  1.  Press Ctrl + Shift + Escape to open Windows Task Manager
    task manager
  2. From the pop window, locate Windows Explorer.
  3. Next, left-click on the Windows Explorer process and click on Restart. 

This process should help you hide your taskbar showing in full-screen.

Solution 3: Turn off Visual effects on Windows

Sometimes turning off the visual effects on your computer will help solve the problem of the taskbar showing in full-screen. To turn off visual effects;

  1.  Press Windows + R 
  2. In the “Run” section of the dialogue box, type  Control Panel, and hit enter.
    control panel
  3. Next, select the “System and Security” option.
  4. From the left-hand pane, select the “Advanced system settings” 
  5. From the “Settings” option in that section, you will then have the option to choose “Adjust for Best Performance”.
  6. Click that option, save your changes, and exit from the screen.

Once done, consider restarting your PC. Restarting usually solves many other issues as well, so this may be one of the best methods to follow.

Solution 4: Override High DPI behavior in Chrome

Overriding the high-DPI scaling behavior in Chrome is a quick and easy solution to the problem the taskbar presents in full-screen mode. You can achieve this by:

  1. Right-click on the Google Chrome icon located on your taskbar. 
  2. Select "Properties
  3.  Next, select "Compatibility" and click on the checkbox that says, "Override high-DPI scaling behavior".
    override high DPI behavior in chrome
  4.  Save your changes and exit the settings.

Following this method will require you to restart Google Chrome. Make sure your issue has been resolved after changing your settings. If it works, you should not have to encounter this issue again.

Solution 5: Make Sure Auto-Hide feature is On

Choosing to auto-hide the taskbar will provide a good full-screen viewing experience. It allows you to keep the taskbar from appearing during full-screen mode without having to select any further options. Auto-hiding a taskbar is a temporary solution to the taskbar showing in full-screen. To auto-hide, the taskbar in Windows 10, follow the steps below.

  1. Press your Windows key + I together to open your settings
  2. Next, click Personalization and select Taskbar.
  3. Next, change the option to automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode to "ON"
  4. After your changes have been saved, the taskbar will disappear from your screen until you move your mouse to any part of the desktop that will cause the taskbar to reappear.

If none of these methods work for you, you can use the Reimage Repair Tool in order to restore corrupted or missing files and increase performance. 

Scenario 1: Taskbar showing in Full-Screen During a Game

Taskbar showing in a full-screen game? Many avid gamers have complained about the taskbar showing in full-screen games.

This hinders their progress in games that usually require the full-screen mode to function properly. For many games, there are some essential functions of games that are hidden and unreachable by the taskbar.

Even selecting “auto-hide” while in full-screen is only a temporary solution. This is because the taskbar still tends to appear again when you move your mouse to the edge or bottom of the screen. There are a couple of ways to solve this issue and improve your gaming experience.

You can start by unpinning the program icons from your taskbar, beginning with Google Chrome.

In some cases, unpinning programs will prevent the taskbar from appearing at the bottom of your screen while you are gaming. You will be able to pin the programs back onto the taskbar once your issue has been resolved.

Another method of solving this issue is to:

  1. Open the task manager, go to the “Details” tab, and click “End Task” on explorer.exe. This will cause your desktop to disappear.
  2. After this, enter File > Run New Task, and choose explorer.exe to bring your desktop back.

Scenario 2: Taskbar Showing in Full-Screen on Google Chrome

Is your taskbar showing in full-screen Chrome? The issue with the taskbar remaining on your desktop during full-screen can also happen while you are in Google Chrome. This can occur when you are watching a video in full-screen mode, which can block a section of your video and become a distraction. The way to solve this issue is quite simple, once you get the hang of it.

  1. First, you must close all browsers. Then, simultaneously press Ctrl+Alt+Del to access Task Manager.
  2. In the “Processes” section of Task Manager,
  3. Right-click on “Windows Explorer” and
  4. Click on the “Restart” option.

To confirm that this issue has been resolved once following these steps, try playing a video from any website from Google Chrome in full-screen mode.

Scenario 3: Taskbar Showing in Full-screen On YouTube

Just like any other video viewed on Windows 10, the taskbar will tend to show in full-screen YouTube videos. This can be detrimental to your video-watching experience and become an inconvenience. Fortunately, the resolution to this issue is similar to many other solutions that have already been discussed within this article.

This issue mostly goes hand-in-hand with removing the taskbar from Google Chrome, so you will basically be following the same steps. Restarting the Windows Explorer program on your laptop should suffice as a resolution for this issue, just the same as any other video on Google Chrome.

When it comes down to it, restarting Windows Explorer is one of the most commonly mentioned solutions to the issue of the taskbar showing in full-screen. After following any of the methods listed previously, saving your changes and restarting may be your best bet.

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