How to Fix Taskbar Showing in Fullscreen

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The taskbar is an inseparable feature of Microsoft Windows that’s been around since Windows 1.0. It hosts most of the functions you need on hand while using your PC. However, the taskbar overlaying on top of full-screen applications, such as games and YouTube videos in full-screen mode, is nothing new. This issue has been around since the days of Windows 7. The taskbar remaining visible when it shouldn’t is an inconvenience. In this article, we will address the issue of the taskbar remaining visible.

As previously mentioned, the first iteration of the taskbar appeared with the release of Windows 1.0 in 1985. The Start button did not appear in the taskbar until the release of Windows 95, which marked the beginning of the taskbar as we know today.

How to fix visible taskbar in fullscreen mode

Since the beginning, the default setting for the taskbar in windows was at the bottom of the screen. Today, the taskbar is still located at the bottom of the screen spanning the entire bottom of the screen. It accommodates not only the Start menu button but also the taskbar buttons and notifications area. It also used to have a Quick Launch bar, which was removed with Windows 7 in favor of pinning applications to the taskbar.

The taskbar is an integral part of Windows as it holds the most important and most commonly used features, such as the Start Menu, volume manager, network settings, time and date, network settings, battery percentage, language settings, and so on. Moreover, it can hold shortcuts set by the user. It also performs the important task of showing which applications are running and/or folders are open.

If everything works as it should, then the taskbar should hide when you launch a video game, watch a YouTube video in full-screen, watch a movie on Netflix, or watch a video using applications such as Windows Media Player, VLC media player, and so on.

When it comes to web browsers, Google Chrome stands above the competition. It has been the most popular web browser for many years now, which isn’t surprising since Chrome has built a reputation for reliability and speed. Chrome is very much a part of the Internet, and many people go out of their way to get Google Chrome instead of using Microsoft’s default Internet Explorer or Edge browsers. Nevertheless, Chrome also comes with its own set of issues. Many users experience the taskbar showing in full-screen, especially when watching YouTube videos.

Some have suggested that this bug can start occurring due to a third-party party application. Others say it might have something to do with Windows visual effects, in which case they should be disabled. In general, however, no one knows the root cause for the visible taskbar in full-screen mode.

Nevertheless, the Internet has provided the larger community with several potential fixes. Take a look at the methods for fixing the taskbar showing in full-screen. Be sure to check out our video below about fixing this bug as well.

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Method 1. Turn on the taskbar auto-hide

If you want a quick solution for the moment, this is the method you should opt for. Windows features a feature allowing you to hide the taskbar temporarily. The taskbar pops up when you move your mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen. By enabling the taskbar auto-hide feature, you won’t have to see the taskbar while doing something in full-screen mode.

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start Menu button and select Settings.

Click Personalization

2. Select Personalization.

Click Taskbar

3. On the left side of the window, select Taskbar.

Turn on the Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode setting

4. Find the Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode toggle.

5. Toggle the slider on.

For permanent fixes, we recommend trying the methods found below.

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Method 2. Update Windows

Updating your operating system looks like a no-brainer, but the easiest thing you could do is update Windows, especially if you have disabled automatic updates. Microsoft periodically releases updates to patch bugs, so if your taskbar is giving you issues, try updating it and seeing if it works.

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start Menu button and click Settings.

Select Update & Security

2. Select Update & Security.

Click Install now to update Windows 10

3. Click Check for updates or Install now in case Windows has already checked for the most recent updates. If updates on your PC have been paused, click Resume updates. Windows Update may ask you to restart the PC to install some updates.

Click Restart now

4. Click Restart now once all of the updates have been installed.

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Method 3. Restart File Explorer

The File Explorer (explorer.exe) is a GUI program that allows you to navigate your Windows operating system. Restarting the File Explorer is has fixed the issue for the taskbar showing in full-screen for many users. See the steps on how to restart it.

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

type in taskmgr in Run and click OK

2. Type in taskmgr in the dialog box and click OK to launch Task Manager. Alternatively, simultaneously hold down Shift+Ctrl+Esc keys to launch Task Manager.

3. In the processes tab, locate Windows Explorer. Note that you might have to open File Explorer first for Windows Explorer to appear in the Task Manager.

Right-click Windows Explorer and click Restart

4. Right-click Windows Explorer and click Restart.

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Method 4. Disable hardware acceleration in Google Chrome

If your taskbar is showing while you’re watching a YouTube video in full-screen on Chrome, then you can fix it by turning off Chrome’s Hardware Acceleration feature.

1. Open Google Chrome.

Click the ellipsis and click Settings

2. Click the ellipsis at the top right of the Chrome window and click Settings.

Click Advanced and click System

3. Then, click Advanced and select System.

Turn off Hardware acceleration and click Relaunch

4. Click the Use Hardware Acceleration when available toggle off.

5. Then, click Relaunch.

Select Restore settings to their original defaults

6. If turning Hardware Acceleration off doesn’t fix the issue, select Restore settings to their original defaults.

Click Reset settings

7. Then, click Reset settings.

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Method 5. Turn off Visual Effects

Windows incorporates several visual effects to make the interface more aesthetically appealing. If Windows visual effects cause the visible taskbar issue in full-screen, then you can disable them using the guide below.

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start Menu button and click Settings.

Click System

2. Select System.

Click About

3. Then, select About on the bottom left of the window.

Click Advanced system settings

4. Click Advanced system settings on the right side of the System window.

Click Settings

5. Click Settings under the Performance section of Advanced settings.

Select Adjust for best performance option and click Apply

6. In the Visual effects tab, select the Adjust for best performance option.

7. Click Apply and click OK.

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Method 6. Run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe)

Users have attested to fixing the taskbar in full-screen by running the System File Checker tool. If you’re running Windows 10 or Windows 8 or 8.1, we recommend running the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool first before running the System File Checker.

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Type in CMD in Run

2. Type in CMD and hold down Shift+Ctrl+Enter keys to launch elevated Command prompt.

Run Dism Restore health command and SFC ScanNow command

3. In the Command prompt window, type in DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and hit Enter to execute the command.

4. Then, type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

5. Wait for the verification process to complete.

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