Windows 10 Taskbar Not Hiding in Full Screen

Fullscreen mode is a great way to get a little more picture out of your movies and video games. Unfortunately, the Windows 10 taskbar doesn’t always hide when you enter fullscreen mode. How do you fix such an issue? Believe it or not, there’s several ways to the Windows 10 taskbar hiding again the next time you enter fullscreen mode.

Sign Out of Your Account

This is a very simple and easy way of fixing the Windows 10 taskbar and by far the first move you should make, provided you can actually sign out of your account.

Windows Startup Menu

1. Start by opening the Windows Startup Menu either by pressing the Windows key or clicking on the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen, along the taskbar by default.

Windows Startup Menu

2. In the lower left corner of the Windows Startup Menu, you’ll see a profile icon. Go ahead and click it. Doing so will open a menu. In the menu, choose Sign Out.

3. Sign back into your account, provided you know the password and can.

Enable Taskbar Autohide

Windows 10 has a lot of customization. One such option is hiding the taskbar when it isn’t in use. It will automatically hide if you don’t mess with it. When you move your cursor to where your taskbar should be, it will reappear once again to assist you.

1. Start by opening the Windows Startup Menu either by pressing the Windows key or clicking on the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen, along the taskbar by default.

2. In the bottom left corner of the Windows Startup Menu, there’s a small gear icon. That’s Settings. Go ahead and click it.

Personalization

3. In the Settings window, choose Personalization.

Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

4. In the left hand column of the Personalization menu, choose Taskbar. Then turn ONAutomatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and turn ON the option “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.”

Change Settings While Program is in Use

Obviously, providing steps for every single program in existence would be, well, impossible, there does exist a general step-by-step that you can perform. Depending on the program, it’s possible that fullscreen mode hasn’t been enabled or perhaps the program itself is having issues. Generally speaking, you can go into the settings of the program and refresh your display settings.

For example, let’s say you’re using a web browser. In that case, you can press the F11 key or, depending on your computer, press FN + F11 and enable fullscreen mode. Some programs, like web browsers, rely on specific keyboard shortcuts to enable and disable fullscreen mode.

If you’re playing a video game, check inside your display settings.

Disable Notification Badges On Your Taskbar

Badges appear on your taskbar when an application gets a notification. Usually this doesn’t cause any problems, but “usually” is the keyword here. While it doesn’t affect fullscreen mode directly, it indirectly unhides your taskbar should you receive a notification.

1. Start by opening the Windows Startup Menu either by pressing the Windows key or clicking on the Windows logo in the bottom left corner of the screen, along the taskbar by default.

2. In the bottom left corner of the Windows Startup Menu, there’s a small gear icon. That’s Settings. Go ahead and click it.

3. In the Settings window, choose Personalization.

Show badges on taskbar buttons

4. In the left hand column of the Personalization menu, choose Taskbar. Scroll down to “Show badges on taskbar buttons” and turn it OFF.