Fix: Taskbar Showing In Fullscreen In Windows

Is your taskboard showing in fullscreen mode for some reason? Playing a game and can't get rid of the taskbar? Here are all the possible fixes.

Taskbar overlaying has been a common and very annoying bug for all Microsoft Windows users all over the map since Windows 7, which introduced fullscreen for the majority of compatible applications.

Located at the bottom of the screen by default, the taskbar is an access point for programs displayed on the desktop. The taskbar should not be visible during playing video games, streaming content via Netflix, watching YouTube videos, or simply navigating the browser in fullscreen mode.

Are you having any issues with Windows Taskbar showing over your fullscreen window?

Windows Taskbar showing over fullscreen window

We’ve put together this easy guide to help you enjoy your time using a computer.

By following our guide, you will learn how to prevent this issue from happening. The process doesn’t require any additional software, and it takes only a couple of clicks.

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Method 1:  Restart Windows Explorer

The taskbar is a part of Windows Explorer, a system application that provides a GUI for accessing file systems. This method has been proven to work almost every time and gained our trust over time.

Here is how you restart Windows explorer.

  1. Launch the Task Manager by one of two alternative options:
    1, Right-click your taskbar and press Task Manager.
    2. By pressing the CTRL, Alt, and Del buttons on your keyboard at the same time, you will be redirected to “Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen”, then select Task Manager.
  2. Once in Task Manager, you can see all running processes and applications on your computer. To see a more detailed view of it, press More Details.
    More Details option in Task Manager
  3. Select Windows Explorer from Processes by clicking on it.
    Windows Explorer in Task Manager
  4. Restart Windows Explorer either by pressing the Restart button in the bottom right corner or after pressing right-click on the process.
    restarting Windows Explorer

Method 2: Autohide Feature

Windows 10 and 11 provide many different customization options for users to personalize their computers, one of which is the possibility to automatically hide the taskbar when you do not need it. This feature reveals the taskbar only when you hover the mouse pointer at the bottom of the screen.

Here is how you enable the autohide feature.

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing Windows Key + I at the same time or by typing it inside the Windows Search box.
  2. Select Personalization.
    selecting Personalization
  3.  Inside the Personalization, press Taskbar on the left windowpane.
    pressing Taskbar under Personalization
  4. Toggle on the Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode option.
    Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

Method 3: Press The F11 Button

Sometimes, everything we require is just a click away from us. If you have been struggling with the taskbar overlapping issue, pressing the F11 button on the keyboard may fix all your problems!

keyboard

By pressing the F11 shortcut, the window of the app you’re using may go into fullscreen mode. This solution works on all Microsoft Windows editions. If you are using a laptop, pressing FN + F11 could work as an alternative for you!

Method 4: Action Center

If you haven’t disabled your notifications before entering fullscreen, there may be something important you have missed in the meantime.

Action Center

With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced Action Center, a simply designed notification center that stores all unread messages in one place. It features a quick settings menu, allowing Windows 10 users to save time, and organizes notifications by multiple criteria.

To access Action Center, simply press its icon in the lower-right bottom corner. Action Center icon

It is known to happen that Windows needs the user to respond to the app requests or significant notifications, which triggers the taskbar.

Method 5: Disable The Taskbar Lock

In Windows 10 and 11, a user can lock and unlock the taskbar to prevent it from being resized or moved to another position. Unfortunately, this feature might cause the taskbar to slip and appear when the user does not want it visible.

Here’s how you disable the taskbar lock feature.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar.
  2. If the option Lock the taskbar is checked, click it to uncheck it and turn off the taskbar lock.
Lock the taskbar is checked

After disabling the taskbar lock, try to open your internet browser or video player in fullscreen mode to see if the taskbar is still overlapping.

Method 6: Install Any Pending Windows Updates

Windows updates often contain important security, bug, and glitch fixes along with optimization improvements. Staying up-to-date could fix your issue with the taskbar showing over the screen.

Windows Update

If you want to check if you have any Windows Updates available for download, go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Updates.

On this page, click on Check for updates button to check for available downloads. If you use a metered connection, you will have to manually click on the Download button.

Method 7: Restart Your PC

A fresh restart of your computer might help cure your headache. Sometimes, the software we use might suffer from memory leaks which leads to filling up our virtual memory and RAM. Restart starts everything fresh!

Conclusion

You should now be able to use your computer in fullscreen without taskbar overlapping issues, the way it’s meant to be.

Staying up-to-date is very important nowadays and learning these basic fixes often could come in handy!

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