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The system bar (aka notification bar) on my new tablet (ASUS Transformer Pad) is always visible, even when watching YouTube "full-screen".

The amount of space wasted is not insignificant, especially when watching a 4:3 video. Is there any way to reclaim it and watch videos/play games in real full-screen?

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You are probably talking about the so-called "notification bar". Some apps offer a full-screen mode (which makes that bar disappear). Have you checked the options of the affected apps? – Izzy Dec 10 '12 at 21:50
@Izzy that's the one. I checked the settings of the YouTube app and didn't find such an option. – romkyns Dec 10 '12 at 22:18
OK, so at least the terms are clear. Not having any 4.x device around, I unfortunately cannot offer additional help. – Izzy Dec 10 '12 at 22:42
I don't have an answer, but I do know it's possible. I have a couple of apps that I with didn't hide the notification bar. I'm afraid it's something the developer is going to need to add in. – Al E. Dec 11 '12 at 3:12
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It is not intended to hide the system bar (combined soft button/notification bar) on tablets. Imagine the bar is hidden and the app you are currently using does not offer an option to exit. -> Your are stuck within this app.

Some custom ROMs offer the option to hide the bar.

General option would be to use some third-party-apps like Hide Bottom Bar or full!screen which can disable the bar somehow. Unfortunately these apps require root.

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Uh...I have a couple of apps that hide the notification bar. (Games, mostly.) So it is possible. – Al E. Dec 20 '12 at 14:27
well "notification bar" might be misunderstood. Romkyns was talking about the system bar on tablets which combines notification area and soft buttons. There is no API-function to hide it since ICS(or HC?). The separate top notification bar which phones have indeed kann be hidden. – Jantlem Dec 20 '12 at 14:38
Good to know. I haven't gotten my own Android tablet (yet). – Al E. Dec 20 '12 at 14:48
I guess most people prefer an always-on-screen button to a hardware return button, though I will probably never understand why... – romkyns Dec 24 '13 at 16:28

i might not Right at this time but you may use another home screen called "Launcher Pro" Free version.

In the setting there is an option to hide the system bar(Notification bar). you can try it out if you like the home screen. though i like it better than stock home screen.

Hope it will some how help you.

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