How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Not hiding in full screen

The iconic Windows taskbar comes with the auto-hide feature, but sometimes taskbar won’t hide in fullscreen, and that’s a problem. Many Windows hide the taskbar so, they can make more room for another task, and it is an amazing feature for content creators and video editors because it helps them to add one more layer at the bottom.

Due to some unknown reasons taskbar won’t hide in fullscreen, and we are going to take you through the working troubleshoot methods that can fix the problem, and you don’t have to download any additional tool or software to fix the issue.

1. Reconfirm In the Settings

First, you have to reconfirm whether you have turned on auto-hide or not. And turning off, and turning on can fix the issue in a simple step.

Step 1: Right-click mouse on the desktop, and click on Personalize to open the settings.

reconfirm the settings

Step 2: Now, scroll down until you find “taskbar” and the taskbar options shows up on your screen.

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Step 3: Windows taskbar auto-hide is not on, so turn on. In case, if your desktop or tablet auto-hide feature is on, then turn it off, then turn on after a couple of minutes again.

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I have made this mistake before, so always re-check if you have turned it off in the settings.

2. Apps

Do you know that there are many customization apps available in the web market that tampers with your Windows 10 taskbar? Example: Themes, and Windows third-party customization tools.

In my case, it was the Rainmeter, and I added a home screen to replace the default the Windows 10 theme.

Step 1: Go to settings and click on “apps.”

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Step 2: Now, you have to select “start-up” and look for the apps that starting up with the Windows 10.

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You have to turn off any program that is related to the third-party Windows customization tools like the Rainmeter and its tools.

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3. Restart Explorer.exe

I have used this feature many times to fix a bug on Windows 7, and it solves it. I will show you how you can resolve the issue in a few seconds, and it will work every time you have the issue.

Step 1: You need a program called “CCleaner,” and you have to clean the registry.

restart explorer.exe

Step 2: Scan for the registries and clean the unnecessary keys. You will find one unnecessary explorer.exe file, and it can be the cause.

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Step 3: Now, open task manager, and look for explorer.exe. In case, if you cannot find one, then open any folder in your drive, and then you will find it in the task manager.

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Step 4: You have to select it, and click on “restart” located at the right bottom of the task manager.

restart explorer.exe

Do not panic when your computer taskbar disappears and don’t use any keyboard keys while the explorer is restarting.

I hope that this solution fixes your problem, and in case, if it doesn’t, then you can try the next solution.

4. Interruption

We have several programs available on the platform, and many programs cannot be tested for bugs and counter interruption issues because it’s impossible until people report it to the developer’s team. If you don’t know about programs interrupting each other, then let me tell you that there are programs that utilize a feature, while the other program goal is to interrupt it.

It is extremely difficult to identify the program that is interrupting the taskbar process, but it’s worth a shot.

In such cases, you can disable the notifications for the problem, and it might get resolved.

Step 1: Click on the “start button” to view the settings option, and click on the gear icon that leads you to the settings.

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Step 2: You have to click on the “system” and view the options.

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Step 3: Now, you have to click on the “notifications & actions” and scroll down until you find the apps.

Notifications and actions

Step 4: Now, you have to turn off the app’s notifications, and it is extremely difficult to identify the apps are interrupting, but you can resolve it by giving it access to the notification area.

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In this case, you have to give notification bar access to every program because it alerts you when there is a problem with the program or any other program is creating the problem for you.

Many programs don’t have access to the notification bar, so it can alert you that some changes on your Windows PC are creating this issue.

5. Group Policy Editor

Microsoft added Group Policy for Windows, so you can set and remove to control notifications. It is an advanced method, but you can carry out the task without help.

Note: The group policy feature is not available on Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Pro edition.

Step 1: Now, click Windows key, then type “gpedit.msc” and click on the first result to open it.

Step 2: Now, you have to click on User Configuration, then select Start Menu and Taskbar, and click on Lock all taskbar settings. Keep in mind that it will lock everything on the taskbar, and you can disable it anytime you want without any errors.

Step 3: Now, you have to turn off all Turn off all balloon notifications by clicking on User Configuration folder, then Start Menu and Taskbar and Turn off all balloon notifications.

Step 4: Follow the same step, and click on User Configuration, then Start Menu and Taskbar, and Turn off automatic promotion of notification icons.

Step 5: Follow the User Configuration, then click on Start Menu and Taskbar, and go to Notifications & turn off calls during Quiet Hours.

Step 6: Follow the User Configuration, then click on Start Menu and Taskbar, and Notifications & Turn off toast notifications.

I know that it might look like an advanced task, but once you do it, then it should not bother your taskbar with errors again.


You should also prepare for the worst case scenario, and you can RESET your Windows 8 and Windows 10 machine anytime you feel like the files have corrupted. Let us know which taskbar won’t hide in fullscreen solution worked for you in the comment section.

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