Taskbar still visible in fullscreen mode? Try this

by Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Software Managing Editor
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Windows 10 is an incredible OS that has plenty of features that are more or less known by general users. It is also frequently updated, patched and fixed, making it a very reliable OS.

However, it is still software after all, and it too can have the occasional mishap.

For example, a well-known issue is that the Windows 10 Taskbar remains visible, even when running a program in fullscreen mode, such as a video or a game.

While this does not break system functionality at all, it can nonetheless ruin the immersiveness of the video or game, making it unpleasant.

How do I get rid off the Taskbar in fullscreen mode?

1. Restart Explorer.exe

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  2. Go to the Processes tab
  3. Locate Windows Explorer, and press Restart

task manager explorer

2. Override high DPI scaling behavior in Chrome

If this issue only appears when viewing videos using Google Chrome, then you should follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on Google Chrome in your Taskbar or Start Menu
  2. Select Properties
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab
  4. Go to the Settings tab
  5. Check the box next to Override high DPI scaling behaviorChrome DPI
  6. Click Apply
  7. Restart Chrome

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3. Turn off visual effects

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in control.exe
  3. This will open the Control Panel
  4. Go to System and Security
  5. Select the System subheading
  6. Go to Advanced system settings
  7. In the new window, go to the Advanced tab
  8. Click on Settings, under Performance
  9. Select the option labeled Adjust for performance

Adjust for best performance, visuals

By following these steps, you should no longer see the Windows taskbar when running programs in fullscreen mode.

Did you find this guide to be useful to you? Let us know of any other fixes to this problem in the comment section below.


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