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Do this if Chrome shows a black bar at the bottom

I don't know how widespread the issue is but user reports on Google's official Google Chrome Help forum indicate that some Chrome users see a black bar at the bottom of the screen when using Google Chrome.

The issue was first reported on April 25 by a user who wrote "When in Chrome, there is a black horizontal bar across the bottom of the screen that I can't get rid of".

The bar sits on top of the browser user interface and hides certain information that Chrome displays there. Any content that gets downloaded is displayed in the area and the black bar overshadows it so that it cannot be interacted with according to the user.

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The issue has been ongoing with recent Chrome Stable releases affected by it. Google Community Specialists suggested a number of things including running in Incognito Mode, creating a new user, running the Chrome Cleanup Tool, running a virus scan, or even reinstalling Chrome, but none fixed the issue according to users affected by it.

Some users reported that disabling hardware acceleration helped fix the issue but this was not the case for everyone who experienced it and the issue came back at least once for a user.

You can try disabling hardware acceleration by opening chrome://settings/ in the Chrome address bar, scrolling down and clicking on advanced, and toggling "Use hardware acceleration when available" to off under the System category a bit further down the page.

Users could try and install driver updates for the video card if available.

There is a workaround that helps users 100% of the time, however. You can get rid of the black bar for the session by entering fullscreen mode and exiting it again. Just tap on F11 to enter Chrome's fullscreen mode and F11 again to exit it.

If you experienced a black bar in Chrome it should be gone by the time Chrome returns to normal display mode.

It is interesting to note that the issue appears to affect other applications such as VLC or Firefox as well as some users reported that. Not all users revealed the operating system used on the machines they experienced the issue but those who did ran Windows 10 systems.

Since Chrome is not the only program affected, it is likely that the issue is either related to display drivers (a combination of hardware and drivers), or a Windows-specific issue as no user on Linux or Mac has reported the issue yet.

Now You: Have you been affected by black bars in Chrome?

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  1. Yuliya said on August 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I run Firefox, VLC and Chromium on Windows 7 with an Nvidia GPU. Never had this issue, be it with desktop composition enabled or disabled.

  2. pHROZEN gHOST said on August 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I have not seen the issue on my Lenovo ThinkStation S30 with Chrome, FF, VLC or any other software.

    OS: Windows 10 Pro (x64) Build 17134.167 (1803/RS4).
    Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB GDDR5.
    Driver Version: 15.200.1055.0

    It would be interesting to hear from people having thei issue. Specifically, what hardware, OS, video chip and driver version. This could help narrow down the issue.

  3. Richard Allen said on August 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    “Have you been affected by black bars in Chrome?”

    No I haven’t seen that. But, until very recently, in Chrome Dev, if I had the zero copy rasterizer flag enabled all of the buttons for the flags would have a black background when clicking on the button. Which made seeing the choices like Default, Enabled, Disabled, whatever, impossible to see. Black text on a black background doesn’t work very well. I think it was the last Chrome Dev update when that was fixed.

    I’m using Win7 Pro x64 with a Nvidia GPU.

    1. Richard Allen said on August 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      I was just thinking that maybe it was a black background with no text. I could guess and click on different options and then see on the button if it was what I wanted.

      The last Chrome Dev update was to v70 but the problem might have been fixed with the last v69 update.

  4. R said on October 22, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Yep, I’ve had this problem on both Chrome and VLC – a black bar shows along the bottom. When viewing videos in full-screen mode, in both VLC and in Chrome, that black bar blocks the controls so I can’t see the pause/play/slider controls. To get around this, I’ve got to exit the fullscreen mode and restore VLC into a smaller window to be able to see the controls again.
    The F11 full-screen method works with Chrome.

  5. astampf said on October 31, 2018 at 11:38 am

    F11 full-screen method worked, thanks!

  6. Anonymous said on December 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    worked, thanks

  7. Jenn said on December 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Brilliant! Worked! Thanks!

  8. Zezerrian said on December 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I am affected, well, the wife is. We both run Win10 and F11 did not resolve the issue for me. I have yet to try the other methods. This has not been seen on any other program, microsoft office word or powerpoint, as of yet.

  9. Orgaza said on December 14, 2018 at 5:27 am

    I’m affected.

    It happens in Chrome. It goes away if I close and re-open the application. I’ll try F11 next time.

    Sometimes it also happens if I open an email saved to a folder on my PC. It doesn’t appear on the Outlook inbox screen, just in the opened email. Weird.

    I’m running Windows 10.

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