Windows 10 Taskbar Won’t Hide – Solved [7 Ways To Fix It]

This tutorial explains what is a Taskbar and seven step-by-step methods to fix the Taskbar Won’t Hide error in Windows 10 with screenshots:

Many users face issues while hiding the Windows taskbar and they have to look over the taskbar on the screen, which creates a distraction.

A new feature has been introduced in the later version after Windows 7, and now users can hide their taskbar and enjoy the entire screen.

In this article, we will discuss the taskbar and the ways to fix the taskbar hiding feature, thereby making it easier for the users to hide the taskbar and utilize the entire screen, and thereby allow gamers to prevent the taskbar from showing in the game.

Windows 10 Taskbar Won’t Hide – Solved

Windows 10 Taskbar Won't Hide_ Fixed

What Is Taskbar

What is Taskbar

A taskbar is a graphical element present at the bottom of the screen and it reflects the applications active in the system. The taskbar in Windows 10 constitutes various key features as given below.

#1) Start Button: The start button is the button that allows users to access various applications from the drop list provided directly.

#2) Search Bar: The search bar looks for applications in the system and also provides web searches over an active internet connection.

#3) Pinned Applications: The pinned applications are the applications that are pinned to the taskbar by the user for easy access.

#4) Active Applications: The taskbar displays the apps that are currently active and used by the user.

#5) Network and System Notifications: The rightmost block on the taskbar indicates the various network-based notifications as well as the system notifications like system update or low battery.

#6) Clock: The clock is present on the taskbar, thereby making it easier for the users to keep track of time while working.

How To Hide The Taskbar

Windows 10 provides its users with the feature to hide the taskbar during an active window, and this makes it easier to utilize the entire screen. So here are step-by-step screenshots on how to hide the taskbar.

This feature by Windows can be enabled by following the steps mentioned below.

#1) Right-click on the taskbar and click on the “Taskbar settings”, as shown below.

lock taskbar

#2) Toggle on “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”, as shown in the below image.

Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

Ways To Fix The Error – Taskbar Won’t Hide In Fullscreen

Hiding the taskbar provides the user with the opportunity to utilize the entire screen. Many gamers complain that their taskbar won’t go away in fullscreen during games and it creates a distraction while playing games. There are various ways mentioned below, using which a user can fix the error – taskbar showing in fullscreen in his/her system.

#1) Using Task Manager To Fix Windows Taskbar Won’t Hide

The Windows Explorer may look like a standard software in the system, but the taskbar won’t hide error occurs due to abnormal functioning of Windows Explorer. The Windows Explorer manages all the tasks and notifications in the system. Thus it controls the taskbar to provide the user with updates and notifications.

Sometimes the Windows Explorer freezes, and this results in the bug that causes the taskbar won’t hide the error. Restarting Windows Explorer is one of the quick fixes that help in the easy fixing of the bug.

The steps to restart Windows Explorer are as follows.

  • Right-click on the taskbar, from the list of options, click on “Task Manager”, as shown below.

task manager

  • The task manager window will be visible. Scroll down and look for the Windows Explorer icon, Right-click on the “Windows Explorer” icon and then click on “Restart” as shown in the image below.

restart new

This is the easiest and the quick fix, that allows the user to fix the error the taskbar doesn’t hide. We can say that this method is the hidden taskbar Windows 10 shortcut, and if the fix doesn’t work out and still the taskbar won’t hide, then refer to the upcoming techniques.

#2) Using Taskbar Settings To Fix Windows Taskbar Not Hiding

Windows allows the user to customize the taskbar and make respective changes in the settings. If the system shows the error – taskbar won’t hide, then the user must first verify that the taskbar isn’t locked at the taskbar settings. Also, the taskbar has an automatically hide taskbar feature enabled in the settings.

To check the mentioned settings in the taskbar settings option, follow the steps below.

  • Right-click on the taskbar and a dialog box will appear. From the drop-down list, select the “Taskbar Settings” option as shown in the below image.

taskbar setting option - Taskbar Won't Hide

  • Make sure that Lock the taskbar setting is turned off. Now, turn on the setting “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode”, as shown in the image below.

Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

By following the steps mentioned above, the user can easily enable the taskbar auto-hide feature in Windows, and it won’t show an error.

#3) Fixing Taskbar Won’t Hide In Fullscreen From Notification Settings

Another big reason for the taskbar won’t hide errors is notifications. Various apps show different notifications, like if you are downloading a file from Chrome, then its icon will show the progress in the taskbar – this keeps the taskbar active and doesn’t allow it to hide.

Taskbar showing in the fullscreen game is the biggest issue that creates a distraction for the gamers. To fix this error, notifications must be disabled and this will allow the taskbar to hide.

Follow the steps mentioned below to fix the error – taskbar that won’t hide in the fullscreen game.

  • Click on the “Start” button and click on the “Settings” icon, as shown below.

settings icon

  • A settings window will open. Search for “Notification & Action Settings” in the search bar as shown in the image below.

Notification & Action Settings

  • Notification & Action settings will open, as shown below.

Notifications & actions option

  • Scroll down and look for “Get notification from these senders”, as shown in the below image.

Get notification from these senders

  • Now, toggle off all the options under this heading, as shown in the image below.

Notification from these senders Option

By following the steps mentioned above and turning off all the apps notification, the taskbar won’t hide error can be fixed.

#4) Customizing Group Policy To Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Won’t Hide

To facilitate and manage the easy functioning of Windows, there is a feature termed group policy. It is a feature that provides users centralized access to make changes in various settings. There are different group policies linked to multiple settings in the system.

By following the steps mentioned below, the user will learn about various group settings and make changes accordingly in the system.

  • Click on the “Start” button and search for “gpedit. msc” in the search bar, and press “Enter”, as shown in the image below.

gpedit

  • The group policy window will open and now click on the “User Configuration” option as shown in the image below.

User Configuration

  • A window will appear as shown in the image below. Click on the “Administrative Templates”.

administrative 1

  • A window will open, as shown in the image below. Click on the “Start Menu and Taskbar” option.

start menu

  • A list of group policies will be visible, as shown in the image below. Now double click on the group policies and make the respective changes to enable or disable the policies.

group policies

  • When you click on any policy, the description of the policy and its features will be visible on the left-hand column. User can look for the changes that he/she wishes to make and can make the changes in the respective settings.

Policy Description

#5) Update System

Another possible way of fixing the taskbar that won’t hide errors is by updating your system. Updating the system to the latest version may contain the fixes to the error – the taskbar won’t hide.

Follow the steps mentioned below to update your system.

  • Press the “Windows” button and click on “Settings”, as shown in the image below.

Settings

  • The settings window will open. Click on the “Update & Security” option as shown in the image below.

Update & Security

  • A window will open, as shown in the image below.

Windows Update

If updates are available, then update the system as it might contain the fix to the error – the taskbar won’t hide.

#6) Hiding Taskbar In Chrome Full Screen

Sometimes, when a user uses a chrome player and switches to full screen, then the taskbar doesn’t hide, and it does not allow the user to utilize the screen. Therefore, by following the steps mentioned below, the user can fix this problem.

  • Right-click on the Chrome icon on the desktop and click on the “Properties” option from the list of options. A window will open as shown in the image below. Now, click on the “Compatibility” option.

Compatibility Option

  • Check the “Override high DPI scaling behavior Scaling Performed by” option if it is unchecked and click on the “Apply” and “OK” buttons as shown in the image below.

System Enhanced

#7) Restoring Chrome To Default

The change in settings or some extension may be a reason for the error – the taskbar won’t hide in Chrome, so restoring the Chrome to default settings is a way of fixing this error.

Follow the steps mentioned below to restore Chrome to default settings.

  • Open your chrome browser, click on the “Menu” option and a drop-down list will be visible, as shown in the image below. Now, click on the “Settings” option.

Menu Option

  • The settings dialog box will open, as shown in the image below.

settings dialog box will open1111

  • From the list of settings, click “On Startup”, as shown in the image below.

On startup

  • A screen will be visible, as shown in the image below. Click on the “Advanced” button.

Advanced button - Taskbar Won't Hide

  • Please scroll down to the bottom of the screen, click on restore settings to their original default settings, as shown in the image below.

Restore settings to their Original defaults - Taskbar Won't Hide

  • A dialog box will prompt. Then click on “Reset settings”, as shown in the image below.

reset settings - Taskbar Won't Hide

Frequently Asked Questions

Q #1) Why is my Windows taskbar not hiding in fullscreen?

Answer: Make sure that the option – “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” in the Settings is enabled.

Even after that, if the taskbar is not hiding in fullscreen, then it’s probably because of some app that is providing notifications that do not allow the taskbar to hide during the full screen. Malfunctioning of Windows Explorer, latest updates not installed in the system, etc., can be the other reasons.

Q #2) How do I fix my taskbar that won’t hide?

Answer: Follow the steps mentioned below to fix the error – the taskbar won’t hide.

  • Right-click on the taskbar.
  • From the list of the drop-down menu, click on the taskbar settings.
  • A window will open; now look for the option – Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.
  • Enable the option.

Q #3) Why can’t I see system icons on the taskbar?

Answer: It might be possible that icons would be disabled in the settings, so you cannot see them. The system icons can be enabled easily using the steps mentioned below.

  • Click on the “Start” button and navigate to settings.
  • Look for the taskbar settings and open taskbar settings.
  • Scroll down the screen further and click on the option “Turn system icons on or off”.
  • Enable the options that you wish to view.

Q #4) How to restore the taskbar to the bottom of the screen?

Answer: By default, the taskbar is located at the bottom of the screen, but if the taskbar isn’t located at the bottom and if you wish to place the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, then follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Right-click on the “Taskbar”.
  • Click on “Taskbar settings”.
  • Click on the “Taskbar location on screen” option.
  • Click on the option, and a drop-down list will be visible with the options Left, Top, Right & Bottom.
  • Click on the “Bottom” option, and the taskbar will be visible at the bottom.

Conclusion

The error taskbar won’t go away in fullscreen may seem like a simple and small issue, but it is a grave problem as it does not allow the users to utilize the entire screen.

It also becomes the reason for distraction on the screen. Gamers do not prefer the taskbar showing in the full-screen game Windows 10, as it becomes a distraction for them while focusing on the gameplay.

In this tutorial, we discussed various methods to fix this problem and we also talked about multiple adjustments that can be made in the settings to fix this problem in Windows 10.

By using the above methods, the user can fix the taskbar that won’t go away in full-screen error and he/she will certainly find the taskbar showing in fullscreen.