Maximized window leaves blank space on top of screen [FULL FIX]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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Maximized window shows blank space on top of screen

A big number of Windows 10 users have reported that maximized windows leave a blank space on top of the screen. This error causes the top of the screen to be unusable, and if you right-click on it, it reacts the same way it would if you would right-click on the desktop. This can be a big problem, so let’s see how to fix it.

How can I fix Windows 10 maximize window bug?

1. Update your Windows 10 operating system

  1. Click on Start button -> Settings (cog wheel).
  2. Inside the Settings window, scroll down and select Update and Security.Update and security button in Windows settings - Maximized windows shows blank space
  3. Click the Check for updates button and wait for the process to complete.

2. Update video card drivers using Device Manager

  1. Press Win + X keys on your keyboard -> select Device Manager.
  2. Inside the Device Manager -> select Display Adapters -> select your video card.Device manager display adapters - Maximized window blank space on top
  3. Right-click on your video card, and select Update Driver.
  4. In the newly opened window, select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’.

Need to update your graphics card drivers? It’s simpler than you think!

3. Activate ‘Scale full screen’ option inside Intel HD Graphics

  1. Right-click on your Desktop -> Graphics Properties.
  2. Inside the Intel application, click on ‘Display’.Intel Graphics settings display option - maximized windows show blank space
  3. Select the option ‘Scale full screen’, and tick the box next to ‘Override Applications Settings.Intel Graphics settings scale full screen option - maximized window shows blank space
  4. Select Apply.

4. Reload Graphics driver with this keyboard shortcut

computer processor - maximized windows shows blank space

  1. Press ‘Ctrl + Shift + Win Key + B’ on your keyboard to reload graphics driver.
  2. The screen will flicker, and you will hear a sound that confirms the reload is completed. After this process is done, please try and see if the issue persists.

In this article, we explored some of the best proven troubleshooting methods for having an issue with a blank area at the top of your screen. This issue is caused by an incompatibility between the display settings found in your Windows 10 device, and the way your dual-display reacts.

Please make sure to follow the steps we provided in this guide in the order that they were written, to avoid any other issues. Also, don’t forget to let us know if this guide helped you solve your issue, by using the comment section below.


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