[Solved] Windows Taskbar Appears in Full Screen

There is a time when we want to watch videos full screen. The taskbar with all the icons will keep sticky on the top of the screen, distracting the video watching experience or the presentation. You don’t want to project to your audience what else you are running on your computer, aren’t you?

Why taskbar appears in full-screen view?

The culprit is the windows explorer running in the background. It sometimes overloads its cache with the quick access recent paths and gets stuck behaving oddly.

‘Windows Explorer’ is a file manager on the Windows operating system that is used to manage files, folders and network connections. It helps you navigate among drives, files and folders. For what a computer is known to be, to a novice, windows explorer is what appears when ‘my computer’ or ‘this pc’ is opened.

There is a simple fix to this problem. Just follow the instructions hoping that it should work.

Solution 1: Restart the Windows Explorer

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+ESC combination to open up ‘Task Manager’.
  2. Go to ‘Processes’ tab and find ‘Windows Explorer’ in it.
  3. Click on ‘Windows Explorer’ program, and click on ‘Restart’ button on the bottom right corner of the window. 
  4. It will restart the ‘Windows Explorer’ (not the computer) in a glimpse.
  5. Now try to set the video player or presentation in full-screen view and check if the problem persists.
  6. If it’s working well. You are done. If it is not, follow the ‘Solution 2’ method.

Solution 2: Clear the Windows File History

The next possible reason is the overloaded cache of Windows Explorer program. To confirm it, open ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ with a shortcut key, Win+E. If it opens well, it means the problem lies with the quick access cache. Let’s fix this now.
  1. Click on search in start menu > type ‘File explorer options’ and open it. You can also do it by going to This PC > View > Options.
  2. Go to ‘General’ tab and set Open File Explorer from ‘Quick Access’ to ‘This PC’.
  3. Look down for ‘Privacy’ group of options > click on ‘Clear’ button to clear the file explorer history. Click ‘Apply’ > ‘Ok’ and exit.
  4. Restart ‘Windows Explorer’ (the process is in solution 1) and check again. It should work.


If it still doesn’t work, check your video player full-screen settings once. These settings vary from player to player. Windows taskbar appearing in full screen is a simple problem, you can say it’s a glitch due to the overloaded or unloaded cache. Restarting it works most of the times. If it doesn’t, just clear the cache and check again.

If you are still getting issues with it, comment down below. I’ll be happy to assist you further.

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