Windows taskbar can be hidden or even made to auto-hide. The Auto-hide feature of the taskbar increases the display area in full-screen mode. This feature is especially useful while watching any videos or playing games. Sometimes, this windows feature does not work on certain computers. i.e. Windows Taskbar does not hide automatically in full-screen mode.
[FIXED] The Solution for Windows Taskbar not Hiding
Before going deeper into the fixes, let us try some basic troubleshooting methods to see if the taskbar responds. Just click anywhere on the desktop. Keep repeating this at a few different points on the desktop screen and see if the taskbar responds and hides automaticaly. Sometimes the cursor may be pointed on the taskbar, thus preventing it from hiding. Try the above-mentioned troubleshooting tip before going further with the fixes given below.
The behavior of the Windows taskbar that does not hide can be fixed by different methods. Some of the fixes are given below.
1. Restart the Computer
Restarting the computer or laptop can sometimes help fix the issue. This can be done as explained below.
- Click on the Windows icon on your keyboard.
- Click on the Power button icon and then select “Restart”.
- Wait for the computer to restart.
- Check if the taskbar hide feature works.
2. Verify Taskbar Settings
At times, the taskbar settings may reset automatically, especially after a Windows upgrade. To fix this issue, you need to confirm that the taskbar settings are set for automatic hiding. This can be done as explained below.
- If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows 8, follow step2 to step 4.
- Right-click on any free space on the taskbar and choose “Properties”.
- Then, check the “Auto-hide the taskbar” checkbox.
- Check if the windows taskbar issue is fixed o not.
- If using are using any latest version of Windows that was released after Windows 8, follow step 6 to step 11.
- Right-click at any blank space where there are no desktop icons, on the taskbar.
- Select “Taskbar settings” from the menu options.
- Click on “Taskbar”, located on the left pane.
- There are two taskbar options “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” and “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode”.
- Make the respective toggle button value to “On”. i.e. If you are using a desktop computer, make the value of “Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode” to “On”. Otherwise, If you are using a Tab, make the value of “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode” to “On”. (If you toggle this menu option as explained earlier to “On”, the taskbar appears only when you move the cursor to the bottom of the screen on a desktop and only when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen in a tab; and will be hidden at other times.)
- Check if the windows taskbar issue is fixed o not.
3. Restart Windows Explorer Using the Task Manager
Sometimes, hanged Windows Explorer may cause the taskbar errors. To avoid this issue, do the following.
- Press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys simultaneously and then click on “Task Manager”. Alternatively, use the keyboard short-cut CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
- Go to the “Processes” tab.
- Click on “Name” on the Top. This action causes the processes to be sorted by name.
- Scroll down and click on “Windows Explorer”
- Click on “Restart” at the bottom.
- This causes the “Windows Explorer” process to restart.
- Check if the taskbar issue is fixed or it still persists.
4. Kill the Windows Explorer Process Using the Command Prompt
Another method to achieve the same result as explained in method two is to use the command prompt to kill the Windows Explorer. The steps involved in killing the Windows Explorer process using the Command line prompt is explained below.
- Press Windows + R keys together.
- Type “cmd” (without the quotes) and press the enter key.
- Type “Taskkill /im explorer.exe /f” without the quotes and press the enter key.
- Now, type “explorer” (without the quotes) and press the enter key.
- Type exit and press the enter key.
- Check if the Windows taskbar issue is fixed or not.
5. Check Background Applications
If any action is required by you for any other applications to continue working or exit, (like a popup window that needs a keyboard or mouse response to continue), it’s icon will keep flashing on the screen, and the taskbar remains visible until you take the necessary action.
An example for this is when you get any notification. In such cases, click on the icon to address the issue. This removes the icon from the taskbar.
The steps involved in checking for other background applications are explained below.
- Right-click on the taskbar.
- Select “Taskbar preferences”.
- Then, select “Preferences”.
- Go to the “Settings panel”.
- Look for the “Notification area”.
- Choose “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”, under “Notification area”.
- You can remove all icons or the lone icon that is causing a recurring issue and solve the problem at a later time.
- Go to the “Settings” panel. Under the “select which icons appear on the taskbar” , there is a toggle button option that can be used to turn off icon notifications on the taskbar. Make the value of this toggle button as “Off”.
- Check if the taskbar issue is fixed or not.
- If the issue is still not fixed, it could be due to a background application that starts automatically during startup operation. If there are any issues with background applications, a notification balloon pops up. This causes the taskbar to remain visible.
- You may close the popup, which will only delay the issue to a later period. You can try to close the application(s) to fix the issue permanently.
- Check if the issue taskbar issue is resolved or not.
6. Check the Group Policy Settings
Tampering with the Group policy settings by the system admin can cause the Windows taskbar to behave differently, as group policy settings policies will override these for the user. To fix this issue, do the following.
- Press Windows + R together to open the run dialog box.
- Type “gpedit.msc” and press enter or click on the “OK” button to open the group policy editor.
- Navigate to “User Configuration\administrative Templates\Start menu and Task Bar”.
- Go to “Lock all Task Bar Settings” and double-click on it to open it.
- There are three radio-button menu options; Not Configured, Enabled, and Disabled.
- Click on the radio button “Disabled”.
- Check is the taskbar issue is fixed or not.
7. Clean Booting
Sometimes, clean booting the computer can fix the taskbar related issues.
Note: Reset the computer to start on normal mode after the clean boot process is used to fix the issue.
- Sign in to the computer as an administrator.
- Press the Windows and the R keys together.
- Type msconfig and press the enter key.
- Go to the Services tab. Check the box “Hide all Microsoft services”.
- Click on “Disable all”.
- Go to the Startup tab. Select “Open Task Manager”.
- Go to the “Startup” tab in the newly opened window.
- Click on each startup item that is shown as “Enabled”, and then click “Disable” at the bottom.
- Close Task Manager window.
- Select “OK” and restart the computer.
- Do one of the following as described in step 12 or step 13, as appropriate for your situation.
- If you were not able to install, uninstall, or update an application before you performed the clean boot, try to install, uninstall, or update it again.
- If you could not run an application program before you performed the clean boot, try to run the application program again.
- Reset the computer to start normally.
- Check if the taskbar issue is fixed o not.
8. System Restore
Sometimes, Window update can cause taskbar issues. In such cases, a system restore can fix the issue.
Note: You may lose some or all data if you are using system restore. Hence, it is advisable to take a backup of the data.
System restore is explained below.
- Type “Create a restore point” (without the quotation marks) inside the search bar of your computer or laptop, that is located on the taskbar.
- Select “System restore”, under “System Protection” tab.
- Now, click on the “Next” button.
- Select the restore point that corresponds to a point in time that is prior to the time of the taskbar issue, from the list of available restore points that is displayed to you on the screen.
- Follow the prompts and complete the system restore process.
- Restart your computer.
- Check if the taskbar error is fixed or not.
Conclusion: The Windows taskbar auto-hide feature is especially useful while watching videos or playing games. Sometimes, the auto-hide feature does not work on certain computers. Before going in for the fixes, just click anywhere on the screen and see if the taskbar auto-hide feature now works or not.
This taskbar visibility issue can be fixed by different methods. The simplest fix is to restart the computer and see if the issue is fixed or not. Checking the background applications for any performance-related issues or notifications and taking remedial actions can also fix the taskbar auto-hide issues. Another fix is to restart the Windows Explorer process using the Windows Task Manager. Killing the Windows Explorer process by using the command prompt also helps to fix the taskbar issues in some cases. Another fix is to check and correct any accidental taskbar settings changes, especially after an operating system upgrade.
Checking the group policy settings that have precedence over user settings can also cause taskbar auto-hide issues. Hence, you need to check this and make sure that it is in the correct order. Clean booting the computer and then taking the remedial actions can also fix the taskbar issues. System restore can also fix the issue in some cases.