The taskbar on Windows 10 can be used to open the attached apps, switch between the apps and files currently open, open the Start menu, and inter- operate with the system tray.
The Taskbar is important only when you can hide it until needed. If you need to focus on something, you can change app to full screen and the taskbar will be hidden by default.
Windows 10 taskbar not to hide
The taskbar can be automatically hidden when not in use ie, when you are actively working in an app. To hide;
- Right-click on the taskbar and select Taskbar Options.
- Turn the ‘Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode.
- Turn the ‘Automatically set taskbar to table mode’ if you use a 2-in-1 tablet or laptop.
Taskbar No Hiding – How to hide Taskbar
If the above taskbar does not get the Taskbar to automatically hide or will not hide when you switch an app to full screen mode, try the following solutions.
1. Restart Explorer.exe
Taskbar seems to be a separate GUI component but functionally, it is linked to File Explorer, or more precisely, the explorer.exe process. Restarting explorer.exe will restart Taskbar which may solve the problem.
- Right-click on the taskbar and select Executive Manager from the context table.
- Go to Process tabs.
- look for Windows Explorer and choose it.
- Click on the Restart button at the bottom right.
2. Disable UI conversion apps
Windows 10 allows users to customize the UI with themes, icons, skin, and overlays. Users will usually add one or more UI conversion apps (Rainmeter, UXThemePatcher) to get the job done and put themes over it. They may interfere with the way Windows 10 works.
- Disable all apps that change the UI.
- Change to in-app fullscreen mode or wait for the self-hiding taskbar.
- If the Taskbar hides, check the apps you are using to change the UI and remove the ones that are blocking the Taskbar.
3. Restart app
This may not be due to the taskbar. The app you are trying to use in full screen mode is having trouble turning to it.
- Close / exit app me, Netflix.
- Open the app again.
- Change to full screen mode.
- The the taskbar should be hidden.
4. Media apps: click inside the media player
Media players sometimes struggle to get into full-screen mode and let the taskbar hide.
- Open the media player and play something.
- Tap on the July F11 switch to full screen mode.
- Click on the inside media player once.
- Click on the Toolbar.
- Click inside media player another time.
- Take full screen with the F11 key.
- The taskbar is hidden in full screen.
5. Remove third-party toolbars
The toolbar can contain third-party toolbars. These are basically the apps that can show up at the top of the taskbar (For example: Xmeters). A good toolbar won’t solve any problems, but a poorly written one can hide the taskbar.
- Right-click on the taskbar and go to Toolbars.
- Disable third-party toolbars.
- Restart explorer.exe (see solution 1 above).
- The hide the taskbar in full screen mode or when idle.
6. Check for upcoming alerts
Apps that need to send out alerts e.g., unsaved work flash on the taskbar. This function is usually on the back / hidden if you are in full screen mode but not always.
Check out all apps that you are open for messages. If you have an open browser, check the tabs. Some websites not only keep up with messages, they are brutal as well.
The taskbar usually has problems with media players or apps like Chrome that can play media. A simple problem in and out of full screen will correct the problem. In cases of obscure apps, the app itself may be to blame. If the problem is specific to one app, check its settings to see if there’s a way to customize the full-screen view.
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