How to Fix Windows Taskbar Not Hiding On Full Screen

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Many PC users have reported that the Windows taskbar isn’t hiding when on full-screen. Should you be worried? Well, you shouldn’t but the Window taskbar is an important part of your system.

It accrues a lot of features in it; you can view the time and battery percentage, check your internet connection status, search for files, change your language settings and start a program from the windows icon. Speaking of preference, some persons want it visible almost every time, while others want it hidden when not in use (you can achieve this by making sure your mouse pointer isn’t moving around the window taskbar.

Automatically, tablet mode on your PC will hide your taskbar making your desktop look unobstructed.

If you are part of the tiny percentage that has issues with the taskbar not hiding when streaming your favourite movies or watching a video on YouTube or interference with the tablet mode when performing a task, then it does calls for wide attention.

Occasionally, few users have shared comments about simply rebooting their PC and the window 10 taskbar resumes back to normal, we have also given this tip to people and it worked out. But a larger percentage of these users have reported that restarting their desktop computer has never worked for them.

How to fix Windows taskbar not hiding

We know how frustrating it can be, and that is why we have come up with tips that will guide you step by step on how to resolve window taskbar not hiding in full-screen. Though, there are cases whereby your taskbar isn’t hiding because you have an application running in the background.

Once you click on the “show hidden icon,” there is a tendency that you have a new message on Facebook or a pending update. You just need to click on the icon to stop it from running. If you are having this issue, the above instruction should fix it easily. However, if you can’t see an icon on your screen, then you should follow these guidelines and we are sure it will be of great help.

Step 1: Reboot windows explorer

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This simple step has helped millions on people. We have mentioned this earlier, but now we will initiate you with the steps to follow.

  1. Click Ctrl + Shift + Esc together on your keyboard.
  2. Find the windows explorer app in the task manager.
  3. Right-click on it and tap restart.
  4. After it has rebooted, check if the problem is gone.

Another simple step on this is to go to the window taskbar, click on start. It will pop up and tell you to select a program. On the right side, you will see shut down and an arrow box beside it. Click on the box, a list of options will pop out (switch user, log off, lock, restart, sleep and hibernate) Click on the restart and check if the issue is fixed.

Step 2: Enable the Auto-hide setting

It is possible that your auto-hide for windows taskbar will reset after updating windows or changes occur on your PC. To check your taskbar setting, follow these steps:

  1. Still on the Windows taskbar, right-click on start and go to settings.
  2. Click on personalization, and then taskbar.
  3. You will see the box to enable Auto-hide the taskbar in desktop on the right side, click on it.

Well, it is different for others. Click on start. On the right side of the programs, tap on the control panel. You will see appearance and personalization, when you click on it, you will find the taskbar and start menu, and then you can enable your auto-hide taskbar in desktop under it.

Step 3: Remove all app notifications

As mentioned earlier, app notifications can also cause taskbar not hiding in full-screen. But you can surely disable it by following these instructions:

  1. Well, we are still going back to start, then tap system.
  2. Click on notifications and actions.
  3. When you find Get notifications from apps and other senders, disable it.

For the old windows version, you might not see the system on your PC. Simply click on start, search for notifications. Click on notification area icons, then you will find the apps you want to disable.

Note: if it just one app that is causing this distress, you can click on the app options and disable notifications on the Windows taskbar.

Step 4: Reset local group policy

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This is one different solution many people are not aware of. You can fix your taskbar issue by editing local group policy, but if you want the notifications back, you have to go back and enable all the settings. Follow very carefully.

  1. Locate the Cortana’s search bar
  2. Input gpedit.msc and click enter.
  3. From there, tap on user configuration, then administrative templates, and lastly, start menu and taskbar.

In this part, you will find various configuration policies, but the ones you need to check are: Turn off all balloon notification, lock all taskbar settings, and hide the notification area. You can disable this policy by double-clicking on the settings you wish to configure. Tap on disabled > apply > Ok.

Lastly, you can repair your PC problems automatically by downloading and installing Reimage PC repair software. If you find these instructions helpful, do well to share your experience in the comment box.

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