In Windows 10, you may encounter a problem where even with the automatic hiding of the taskbar enabled, it does not disappear. This can be especially unpleasant when using full-screen applications or while playing games.
Often, when you open a video file in full-screen mode, the taskbar remains visible and does not hide. This hides a small part of the content and at the same time spoils the whole experience of watching the video. Not only that, the problem can occur when watching full-screen video online. For example, on YouTube or on Netflix. When starting a game, a part of the navigation menu becomes inaccessible due to the Windows 10 taskbar. This results in a lack of operation in that particular area.
This article explains in detail why the taskbar may not disappear and some simple methods to fix the problem. If you encounter a problem with an undisclosed taskbar, then the following measures should be taken sequentially.
Method #1: Restart The Computer
To get started, just try restarting the computer. In most cases, this is quite enough. The main reason for this behaviour is the incorrect operation of the “Windows Explorer” process, which is responsible for the operation of the Windows interface. Therefore, restarting your system will provide a fresh start to the explorer and might fix the problem.
Method #2: Restart the process in Task Manager
If you do not wish to reboot the system, you can simply reboot the process from Task Manager. The easiest and most effective way to hide the taskbar when watching full-screen video is to simply restart the “Windows Explorer” service from task manager.
Follow these steps to restart the “Explorar” from task manager:
1. Press the key combination “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” to open the task manager.
2. Now, click on the “More Details” arrow to expand the task manager.
3. After that, you’ll be looking at the “Processes” section of the task manager.
4. Here, you can see all the processes which are running in your system in real-time.
5. Look for “Windows Explorer” in the list of active processes. The quickest way to locate Windows Explorer in the task manager is to keep taping “W” key on your keyboard until you see the process highlighted in the list.
6. Now, right-click on the process.
7. Here, you will see a drop-down menu with certain actions. Click on “Restart” to restart the Windows Explorer process.
8. In general, everything should work as expected by now. But, in many cases, the explorer process does not reboot until the system is rebooted. Therefore, if this does not solve your problem, try rebooting the system.
Method #3: Uncheck “Lock the taskbar” option
The Windows 10 Taskbar is highly customizable. You can change the width, position and colour of your taskbar. But, some application might take control of the taskbar and reset it to its default settings. Therefore, Windows 10 gives you the option called “Lock the taskbar” which prevents changes in the appearance of the taskbar.
But, Sometimes this option prevents the taskbar from hiding automatically.
1. To uncheck this option, simply right click on the taskbar.
2. A menu will appear on the top of the taskbar. Here, you can see the option “Lock the taskbar”.
3. If the option is checked, uncheck it. Now, see if the problem is resolved or not.
Method #4: Enable Auto-hide taskbar option
You can also use the option to automatically hide the taskbar to fix this problem. This option automatically minimizes the taskbar whether you’re in full-screen mode or not. In simpler words, the taskbar will be hidden all the time except when you hover your cursor in the lower portion of the screen. The taskbar will reappear when your cursor is in the taskbar zone and will minimize again when you’re done with it. This is a very convenient option as it allows you to expand the working space of the screen.
To enable this feature, follow these steps:
1. Press “Win key+I” combination to open the Windows settings window.
2. Now, click on “Personalization” option as shown in the image below.
3. From here, you can customize your operating system inmany ways.
4. On the right side of the window, you’ll find the“Taskbar” option at the end of the list. Click on it to open the “Taskbar” section.
5. Here, Turn on the “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” option. This will allow the taskbar to get minimized when not in use.
6. You can also change the location of the taskbar as well as multiple features related to the taskbar from here.
7. As soon as you enable the feature, the taskbar will be minimized.
Method #5: Use third-party applications
Finally, if none of the above methods have worked out, and you don’t want to reinstall the system, try the third-party Hide Taskbar applications. There are several applications which can customize the taskbar in several different ways. For example, you can hide the taskbar on will by using keyboard shortcuts such as “Ctrl+Esc”.
We will recommend you “FalconX” application. You can download the application from the link given below:
This application is probably the simplest application to understand and configure. Once you open the application, you’ll see the following window.
From here, you can decide which aspects of the taskbar you wish to change. If you are unable to hide the taskbar, you can simply make it transparent alongside the application shortcuts so that it will become invisible.
We hope that one of the above solutions have worked out for you. If you have any query regarding this problem, you can reach us via the comment section below.