How To Fix Taskbar Icons Missing / Disappear In Windows 10

If you are a Windows 10 user, you might have woken up at least once, to find that some of your favorite icons are missing from the taskbar. It might make you angry if you do not see your favorite icons in your taskbar anymore. But what you do not know is the fact that you can solve this little problem as easy as having a glass of water. You can easily customize your taskbar by following a very simple method which is perfectly explained through the following steps.

Fix 1 – Restart Windows Explorer

1. Press CTRL + Shift + Esc key together to Open Task manager.

2. Now, Locate Windows explorer, right click on it and choose end task.


Windows Explorer End Task Min


3. Now, Click on File and then choose run new task.

Task Manager File Run New Task Min

4. Write explorer.exe in it and check create this task with administrative privileges.

5. Click on OK.


Explorer Exe Create Task Min


Fix 2 – Deleting Icons via Batchfile

1 – Open Notepad application

2 -Copy and paste the codes given below in notepad

DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*"
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 – Now, Click on File and choose Save as

Save Code


4 – Now, name the file as fix.bat and choose All Files in Save as type: 

Save it on your desktop.

Fix Bat

5 – Now, Go to desktop and then right click on this newly created bat file fix.bat and click run as administrator

Run Admin

Your problem will be solved. If this does not happen, restart and try checking again


Fix-3 Delete IconCache from your computer-

Deleting IconCache data base file from your computer will solve this issue.

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window on your computer.

2. In Run window, copy-paste this run command and then hit Enter.



Appdata Run


Roaming folder will be opened on your computer.

3. Now, in Roaming folder, click on “Appdata” in the address bar to go to folder.




4. In Appdata folder, double click on “Local” folder to access it.


Local Double Click


5. In Local folder, click on “View” in the menu bar. Notice if the option “Hidden items” is checked.

Otherwise, check the option to see the hidden items in the folder.


View Hidden Items


6. In Local folder, Locate  “IconCache” or IconCache.db file and  “Delete”  the IconCache data base file from your computer.


Iconcache Min


IconCache.db file will be deleted from your computer.

Close File Explorer window on your computer.

Restart your computer. After rebooting your computer icons will be visible on Task bar once again.

Your problem should be solved.


Fix 4 – Using Command prompt

1. Search cmd in windows 10 taskbar search.

2. Right click and choose to run as administrator.

Cmd As Admin

3. Copy and paste the given below command and hit enter key.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth


Fix 5 – Turn off Controlled Folder access

Step 1 – Go to Start > Settings > Update & Security

Step 2 – Now, click on Windows security from the left menu.

Virus Threat Protection Min (1)



Step 3 – No, Click on Virus & Threat Protection settings.

Step 4 – Now, scroll down and toggle off Controlled folder access.

Off Controlled Folder Access Min


Fix 6 – Reinstall taskbar

1. Search Powershell in Windows 10 Search.


Windows Powershell Admin Min


2. Right click and choose run as administrator.

3. Now, copy and paste the command given below and hit enter key to execute the command.

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Fix 7 – Remove temp files

1. Press Windows key + R together to open run command box.

2. write %temp% in it and click OK.

3. Delete everything in it to clear temp files.

Fix 8 – Disable Tablet mode

1. Press Windows key + I together to open settings.

2. Click on System.

3. Now, click on Tablet from the left menu.

4. Now, in the right side, select option Never use Tablet Mode.


Tablet Mode Turn Off Min

Fix 9 – Check taskbar icon settings

1- Search Taskbar settings in Windows search box.

2. Now, click on taskbar settings.


Taskbar Settings Min


3. Now, scroll down in right side and click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar.



Taskbar Settings Notification Area Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar


4 – Now, select those icons which you want on taskbar.


Taskbar Icons Min

8 thoughts on “How To Fix Taskbar Icons Missing / Disappear In Windows 10”

  1. A long long long phone call with Microsoft promising a solution proved to be an absolute waste of time and energy.

    Fix number 2 from you solved the problem immediately and so simply. Thank you so much

  2. Thank you. Removing temp files (fix #6) seems to have corrected my missing systray. Other fixes inoperant however.

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