How To Fix Taskbar Not Hiding In Fullscreen Mode Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How To Fix Taskbar Not Hiding In Fullscreen Mode Windows 10

Using fullscreen mode in Windows 10 is simple. You don’t want any distractions and want to focus on the thing in front of you. People usually go for the fullscreen mode while playing games or watching videos. You can do both the activities inside your favorite browser like Chrome, or some video player like VLC on your PC.
Several users are facing this issue where the taskbar is not hiding in fullscreen mode. That ruins the experience, especially when you can see all those icons with constant notifications that make them blink. In either case, we don’t want that.
Let’s see how we can resolve the Windows 10 taskbar not hiding in fullscreen error.
Method 1. Verify The Taskbar Setting
If you have verified the taskbar is set to be hided automatically, skip this instruction. If not, follow steps below to verify the taskbar setting.
1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Settings on the context menu.
2. If you are using a desktop, make sure Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode is on. If you are using a laptop, make sure Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode is on.

Method 2. Use F11 Keyborad Shortcut
If you are looking to for a quick solution, here is a simple trick. Simply press the F11 key on your keyboard, and the window of the app you're using will go into fullscreen mode immediately.

The F11 shortcut works on all Windows versions. So if you have VLC and File Explorer open, both will go fullscreen hiding the taskbar. On some keyboards (especially laptops), you will have to press Fn+F11 keys. It depends on your keyboard layout and the make and model your PC.
Method 3. Restart Windows Explorer
Restarting Windows Explorer will restart all of your Metro applications. This solution may solve the issue temporarily. If the issue continues, read on and try the next solution.
1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager. You can also try the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC shortcut.

2. Scroll a little to find Windows Explorer under the Apps column. Right-click on it and select Restart. When you do that, your windows will disappear momentarily, and some apps will shut down. That's fine. Windows Explorer provides a GUI (graphical user interface) to help us navigate and interact with the filesystem of Windows.
Method 4. Close Running App Pinned to Taskbar
Many a times, the problem is not with the Taskbar but with background running apps. For instance if an app is trying to get your attention recently by sending you constant notification, and you are avoiding, that will conflict with the taskbar hiding feature. You will enable the app notification pinned to the Taskbar. If not, then immediately enable the "Show hidden icons" option. Pick that app and click on the notification and get done with it.
1. Try to right-clicking on the taskbar and open Taskbar preferences, Select Preferences in the drop-down menu.
2. On the Settings panel, go to the notification area.
3. Open the Taskbar and click the option select which icons appear on the taskbar. Here you have a chance to clear all icons or specific  App icon that has a recurring issue,
You need to konw that an app notification will pop up to inform you, this action also causes the taskbar to appear again, so try to remove or disable always show all icon in the notification area. Now try to hide the Taskbar again. And this time you will surely find it successfully working as expected.
Method 5. Use following Workaround that May Work Like a Charm
This would be a trick to fix Windows 10 taskbar not hiding issue. It has worked for many uses who had encountered this issue. 
1. Click on SEARCH button on taskbar.
If you have SEARCH box on taskbar but not SEARCH button, click in the search box. 

2. When search window pops up, click somewhere on desktop so search window disappear. After that, the taskbar should auto-hide normally.

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