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Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video])

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Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) NotAnAmbiTurner 2/10/11 4:43 PM
Google Chrome version (type about:version into the address bar): 9.0.597.94

Operating System: Win7 x64

Error Message: N/A

Extensions installed:         

DayHiker - Version: 2.0.1

DivX HiQ - Version: 2.1.0.900
DivX Plus Web Player HTML5 <video> - Version: 2.1.0.900

Forecastfox Weather - Version: 1.5.12        
Google Mail Checker - Version: 3.1
Google Shortcuts - Version: 1.1.4
IE Tab - Version: 1.0.11208.1
Mailto:Gmail - Version: 1.1

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When I play video in full screen (FS) on youtube, for example the windows taskbar stays on top.  This makes it hard to access the controls, not to mention that I lose that inch or so of my screen. This does not happen when I play a video through windows media player (WMP). WMP successfully covers the task bar.

I notice that FS fails to cover the taskbar in Picasa, but only when the video is the "final copy.". It doesn't happen while the videos are in "draft" mode - in that case the task bar is covered by the FS video.

I presume the Picasa/Chrome issues are related as these are both google products.

I am going to try restarting my browser with those DivX extensions disabled.2011-02-11

Update:

I have uninstalled both the DivX extensions and restarted my computer: same issue occurs.

Also wanted to mention that the taskbar is still visible when I hit F11.

In summary:

Taskbar IS NOT masked when running FS: internet videos on Chrome, Completed picasa Videos, F11 FS on Chrome
Taskbar IS masked (which is what I want) when running FS: Windows Media Player, PC Games, Full Screen Video in Internet Explorer

Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Randy123SD 2/10/11 8:10 PM
I have the same problem -- still searching for a solution
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Jameser1 2/11/11 2:34 PM
Same problem here since a couple of days ago, it appears to be caused by using increased font sizes and windows aero theme. I've found two ways around it.

Switch your theme from aero to basic:
1. Right Click on your desktop and select personalize
2. Scroll down the theme and click on Windows Basic (other themes may also work)

Or reduce the font size:
1. Right Click on your desktop and select personalize
2. Click display in the bottom left of the window
3. Reduce the font size (mine was at 150% so reduced it to 125%)
4. Click apply (it will get you to log off so that the changes can be applied)

Not sure if this is helpful but I've noticed that when you have the font size at 150% and the windows aero theme Chrome also increases in size but this does not happen in the basic theme. Can't see a way of interdependently testing this theory within Chrome but thought it might be worth pointing out.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) asdrty 2/13/11 6:30 AM
I have exactly the same problem and I cant find the solution.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) NotAnAmbiTurner 2/13/11 11:56 AM
Both of these approaches worked for me (thanks Jameser1). Seems like either having NOT 150% or Windows Basic is sufficient.

Just wanted to note that Windows gives a warning @ 150% that "some things might not fit". That warning doesn't exist @ 125%.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) nina.smith 2/15/11 2:50 PM
But the thing is, this wasn't an issue a week ago. With all the same exact settings the taskbar would disappear when playing video in full screen. Now it's suddenly a problem. So something changed. Either a windows update or a chrome update. I have this problem. My desktop is hooked to my 46" LCD and I watch online tv on it. I sit too far away to put the settings on normal, so the DPI setting is jacked up. I have been watching this for 6+ months and this problem didn't start until a few days ago.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Karl H. 2/17/11 12:54 AM
The problem, like Nina mentioned above, is that with out the high DPI setting it is hard to interact with a flat screen TV at distance.  

If you go the first route and change the size of DPI form 125% (or any size 149% or below if you use the custom setting) chromes interface shrinks significantly, making it difficult to use at distance with a flat screen. Unfortunately, if you go the second route and leave DPI at 150% and switch the windows theme to Windows 7 basic or classic it also shrinks the chrome interface.

Like Nina, I had been using the 150% DPI setting with the Aero theme with no problems until sometime over the weekend, so I know it is possible that it can work.  If someone has a suggestion for a work-a-round that does not involve changing from the Aero theme, reducing the DPI below 150% or a way to change one of the aforementioned without reducing the size of the chrome interface that would be much appreciated.  I have exhausted my computer know-how trying.

Thanks!
Karl
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) fawlty70 2/19/11 12:12 PM
I can't believe I didn't see this thread here before! I just posted about this here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=4c6805bbedf63539&hl=en

I too hope this is fixed soon. It obviously worked in Chrome up until just a few weeks ago, so it can be done.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Johnnyutah007 2/21/11 7:28 AM
Well, here you go....It took a few hours and a lot of frustration but I'm pretty sure this will work for you. Just right click and personalize on Windows 7. Next, go to display and on the left click on set custom DPI. After, click on use Windows Xp style of DPI scaling. Couldn't be working better!!!!!!!! Man that was making me angry....I had the same problem with a large LCD and couldn't change to a lower font. Works fine with 150 now.,,,,Seeya...
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Karl H. 2/21/11 9:22 PM
@ Johnnyutah007 unfortunately for me, that still did not solve my problem.  It worked like Jameser1's suggestions above in that it solved the task bar problem, but it still drastically reduced the size of the Chrome interface on my 40" Sony TV which is set to display in 1920x1080 resolution with 150% DPI setting.  Was there anything else that you might of changed that worked in conjunction of the switch to Windows XP scaling at 150% DPI?  Are you sure that the switch did not reduce the size of the chrome interface on your display?

Thanks!
Karl
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Mot425 2/22/11 6:14 PM
I'm seeing this problem too. It seemed to start after I did a Windows update, but Chrome could have updated itself in that timeframe too.

Switching Windows themes or switching to WinXP scaling causes the high-DPI experience to be even worse than it already is, and that's not an option when viewing my TV from a distance.

Does anyone know how to file an official bug on Chrome so a developer will investigate it?
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) Koonghx 3/21/11 7:02 AM
@Karl H. I got the same problem as you. But I found out that changing to the XP scale made everything works EXCEPT the interface. For that matter, I think that would fall on a different issue. It is now a problem with Chrome's UI. Take this for an example : http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=0125470386276403&hl=en

It seemed that Chrome Dev Team never wanted us to make the UI appear bigger as being minimalistic is one of Chrome's main principle.

With that said, I think there are 2 options for us now:

1. Use the default 150% DPI scale in Windows 7 ( untick XP scale ) and face the problem you're having now ( Taskbars overlapping fullscreen ).

2. Use 150% XP scaling. Solve this problem with taskbars and fullscreen but with a MUCH smaller chrome interface.

It's your choice. From what I can see, you can't have it your way as of now.
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) stealinglight 7/4/11 11:42 AM
I found a work around I use on my 42" TV

"You can still use the 150% DPI setting, you just need to disable the DPI scaling for the application you are using.

For example, if using mpc-hc, just right-click on the mpc-hc icon, goto properties, select the compatibility tab and check the box next to "disable display scaling on high DPI settings"."

then you can set a Default Zoom Level or use autozoom extension

http://farter.users.sourceforge.net/blog/2010/11/12/setting-a-default-zoom-level-for-chrome-browser/

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ocdkpkoaonnchdakgkmmcmnihhhgbjch#
Re: Windows Taskbar STAYS on TOP when running Full Screen (Video + Browser [+ Picasa Video]) homer77 7/18/11 1:56 PM
If my chrome interface or fonts in windows gets any smaller ill need binoculars to view webpages from my couch lol..
I hope they fix this, untill then ill use firefox.