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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and running the Gnome Classic desktop. Whenever I go fullscreen, the taskbars at the top and bottom which hold the menus, notifications, etc. are still visible. This only happens when I'm in a browser or trying to play a game. I've tried it in both Firefox and Chromium, and get the same result no matter which one I use. Videos I watch using VLC however do not have the bars at the top and bottom.

I found only one post about this in the questions, but there were no answers that worked for me. I wasn't sure if commenting my problem into the 5 month old post would move it to the top where it could be seen, so I made this one.

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Were you pressing F11 to full screen the window? – Weylin Schreck Nov 14 '12 at 22:46
No, I've been hitting the fullscreen icon. When I say "go fullscreen", I'm referring to the video itself. – MugenDraco Nov 14 '12 at 22:51
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After some more Googling, I stumbled upon a fix for this problem. Open a terminal and type the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oli/compiz-place-patch 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get upgrade 

Once all that gets done downloading and installing, restart your computer. The bars at the top and bottom should now be absent when a video is fullscreen.

If this does not work for you, here is the bug report forum in which I found the answer.

It contains other possible solutions to this problem which may be helpful.

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