Windows 10 Task Bar icons disappeared

I did a restart of my Windows 10 and when it came back up all my icons had disappeared from the Taskbar. I cannot figure out how to restore them. Any help out there?

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Clarification Request
Tell more about this restart.

I had an user that "restart" was a Windows 10 Reset and there was a lot of work to get it working fully again.

If you mean reboot, then reboot one more time. Also, does it happen in other user accounts? Remember folk, we can't run Windows without a spare admin account to help fix small issues.

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And Have You Checked This Setting?

RIGHT click on the taskbar, choose "Taskbar settings", then scroll to the "Notification area" section, then the "Select which icons appear on the tasbar" and make sure "Always show all icons in the taskbar" is set to ON. Once that's done, scroll down through all the icon settings and enable all those you want showing. (If any are OFF that you want "ON", then you'll have to temporarily turn OFF the "Always show all icons in the taskbar" to enable them.)

Just checking....

Hope this helps.


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Fixed my missing taskbar icons problem!

I did not try your suggestion but it sounds reasonable... will look at it later. I had already recovered my icons. I had a suggestion from someone (unknown - lost post and can't find it now) that said it sounded like a system problem and suggested I run System Checker for Windows 10. I did a search, found the checker and ran it as admin via a command prompt. After it completed successfully, I ran a scan as directed and got no errors. I then rebooted and there they were, right where they were supposed to be! Hope this helps someone else, and thanks to my anonymous suggester! Thanks to you and R. Proffitt who also replied.

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I'm Guessing You Mean System File Checker - SFC /scannow?

If that's the case, then thanks for posting back with your fix.


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Just wanted to let you know that this does not fix the issue at hand.
Thank you for your suggestion though!

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And Did You Run "SFC /scannow" From A Command Prompt?

Doing so fixed the other member's issue above.

Hope this helps.


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My opnion
You cannot see the taskbar (which contains the "Start" button) anywhere on your desktop.

1. The taskbar may be hiding at the bottom of the screen after being accidentally resized.
2. If the presentation display was changed, the taskbar may have moved off of the visible screen (Windows 7 and Vista only).
3. The taskbar may be set to "Auto-hide" (Windows XP with Service Pack 2 only).
4. The 'explorer.exe' process may have crashed.

1. Put the mouse pointer on the bottom border of your screen.
a. If the pointer turns into a double-arrow (double Arrow Pointing up and down), click and drag upwards.
b. If your taskbar isn't hiding at the bottom of the screen, try moving the mouse to the right, left, and top edges, looking for the double-arrow.

2. Press and hold the Windows logo key on your keyword, then tap the P key to bring up the presentation display mode options.
a. Make sure "Computer Only" is selected.
b. Use the arrow keys to toggle between options and Enter to select the correct display mode.

3. Press the Windows key on the keyboard to bring up the Start Menu
a. Right-Click on the taskbar and select Properties.
b. Toggle the 'Auto-Hide the taskbar' checkbox and click Apply.
c. If it is now checked, move the cursor to the bottom, right, left, or top of the screen and the taskbar should re-appear.
d. Repeat step three to return to your original setting.

4. Open the Task Manager using either Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
a. If explorer.exe is already running, select it and choose End Task before continuing on.
b. Click the File menu and select New Task.
c. In the dialog box, type 'explorer.exe' to restart the process.
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Windows 10 Task Bar icons disappeared

Thanks for your reply, but my Task Bar was totally visible. Only the icons that I had marked previously were gone! The Task Bar and Search window were all that was left! Anyway, I got them back. See my post above...

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How to get windows 10 task bar icons back?

To get those icons back, follow these simple steps:
Use the windows+X buttons to open the power user menu. Now you can launch a command prompt or windows powershell window.
From here on, you can use these tools that will fix the issue for you.
You can either try SFC command(System File Checker) or DISM(Disk Image Servicing and Management) folllowed by a reboot to bring back Windows 10 task bar icons.

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How I solved it

What fixed it for me, after many many trials, was changing the following Registry value:
\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\NoTrayItemsDisplay from 1 to 0

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Win 10 Pinned Icons Disappear After Reboot

Solved my problem of pinned applications disappearing after every boot by turning off "Controlled Folder Access" in Windows 10 Defender. Windows Security-> Virus & Threat Protection->Controlled Folder Access (turn off).

I had dumped AVG and Avast and turned on Windows native protection. Experimenting with settings, I turn Controlled Folder Access "ON". This prevented files from being written (in various applications) especially during a controlled shutdown. This included the files that held the data in the Taskbar pinned list.

Turned off Controlled Folder Access and my problem was solved. Other problems as well.

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Solved: Windows 10 Task Bar icons disappeared

Open Task manager,

go to Windows Explorer - right-click - click on Restart

all task bar icons will be back.

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some fix

I went thru many steps With no fix.. But, then I changed Themes and it seemed to work correctly. Something so simple.....

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Confirm Fix

I Did went to Task Manager > Windows Explorer > Endtask
File > new task > explorer.exe
and it worked
well Honestly - changing Theme do the same restarting the explorer

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Easy Simple Fix

Option 1
Task Manager > Windows Explorer > Endtask
File > new task > explorer.exe

Option 2
changing Theme of your windows - or reset to default

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