Taskbar icons are missing or disappeared in Windows 10

Some users have reported about missing taskbar icons or disappearing taskbar icons in Windows 10. Below are some methods to fix this problem.

Taskbar icons are missing in Windows 10

For dual mode (tablet/desktop) computers, the problem of missing tray icons is mainly due to accidentally enabling tablet mode on the device.

In most other cases, the problem of missing or disappearing system tray icons can be fixed by restarting File Explorer and clearing the app icon cache.

If this doesn’t help, you should be able to fix the problem using other methods as given below.

1. Disable tablet mode

If you are using a dual-mode computer, follow the steps below to disable tablet mode.

1. Open settings and click the system Symbol.

System settings option in Windows

2. On the next screen, click table mode in the left pane. Select in the right pane Use desktop mode Possibility.

Disable tablet mode on a Windows PC

Restart your computer and you should find the missing system tray icons back on your computer.

2. Restart Windows Explorer

Sometimes the problem of missing taskbar icons in Windows 10 is due to Windows Explorer service not working on your computer.

1. Right click on the beginning click and click task manager.

Open Task Manager

2. In the Task Manager screen, right-click Windows explorer and click the Start anew Possibility.

Restart Windows Explorer option in Windows 10 Task Manager screen

After doing that, you should be able to see the missing icons in the taskbar again.

Note: If you cannot find the Windows Explorer entry, open any file or folder on your computer. This will bring up the Windows Explorer entry in the Task Manager screen.

3. Clear the app icon cache

When the App Icon Cache gets corrupted, it can cause taskbar icons to be missing or disappear from the taskbar in Windows 10.

1. Right click on the Start button and click To run.

2. In the Run Command window, type Application Data and click OK.

Open the Windows AppData folder using the Run command.

3. In the AppData folder, double-click the Local folder.

Local folder in the AppData folder

4. In the local folder, right-click IconCache.db and click Extinguish.

Clear App Icon Cache on Windows PC

Note: If you cannot see IconCache.db, enable the “Show hidden files” option in File Explorer.

5. close file manager window and Start anew your computer.

After restarting, you should find the missing system tray icons back on your computer.

4. Remove temporary files

1. Right click on the Start button and click To run.

2. In the Run Command window, type %temp% and click OK.

Open the Windows temporary folder with RUN

3. Clear all files is in the temporary folder.

Files and folders in the Windows temporary folder

Restart your computer and see if the app icons appear on the taskbar again.

5. Reinstall the taskbar apps

1. Right click on the beginning click and click PowerShell (administrator).

Open Windows PowerShell

2. In the Powershell window, type the following command and press the Enter Key.

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

This will reinstall and re-register all of the default built-in Windows 10 apps on your computer. Restart the computer and see if the app icons are now back on the taskbar.

6. RUN SFC command

1. Right click on the Start button and click command prompt Administrator.

2. On the command prompt screen. Type sfc /scan and press the Enter key.

Run the SFC scan command

If that doesn’t help, try repairing the system image.

7. Repair system image

1. Open command prompt as admin

2. In the command prompt window, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /RestoreHealth and press the Enter Button.

Repair system image

Close the Command Prompt window and see if the system icons reappear on the taskbar.

8. Use System Restore or create a new user account

If a system restore point is available, you can use system restore to return your computer to its previous operating state.

If no system restore point is available, you must create a new local user account and use this new user account.

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