As we all know already, the experience with Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also referred to as version 1803, has been a nightmare for some users, as this appears to be one of the least refined products released lately by the software giant.
And yet, this OS feature update has been flawless so far on the laptop I use on a daily basis, and none of the bugs that users complained about lately hit my device.
My testing computer running Windows 10 April 2018 Update, however, has occasionally hit minor bugs, like the one that hides the date in the system tray but instead leaves the clock on.
Starting this week, however, I’m seeing another bug that’s driving me nuts. Maximizing windows doesn’t seem to work correctly on Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and by the looks of things, I’m not the only one encountering this problem. Here’s what happens.
Opening a specific app and then clicking the maximizing button in the top right corner has the expected behavior and expands the window to cover the entire available screen. But clicking its taskbar icon four times to hide it, restore it, hide it again, and then restore it one more time breaks down this behavior and instead leaves a bar at the top of the window that shows the desktop.
Most often, this error is experienced in Google Chrome, but I’ve seen reports, such as this one, that apps like Spotify are impacted by the same problem. Right now, it doesn’t seem to be an app-specific issue, but rather a Windows 10 bug that Microsoft needs to correct.
While for many clicking four times on the taskbar icon to trigger the bug could sound like something they’d never do, hence they’re not affected by this issue, here’s the thing: the four clicks don’t have to take place in a row, and the bug appears to be experienced when opening each app the second time, even after working with others in the meantime.
Minimizing apps by clicking the taskbar icon and then opening them from the same icon is part of my working routine, and this makes the bug the most annoying thing ever because clicking the empty space at the top of the screen is actually an action you do on the desktop. Since this is the place where Chrome tabs should normally be when running maximized, it’s really easy to click the empty space accidentally.
The more awkward thing is that Microsoft is aware of the problem and the company even fixed it in a recent Windows 10 Redstone 5 preview build. As explained in the release notes of Windows 10 build 17666, the company “fixed an issue where a border would be visible when you maximized windows in the last few flights.”