7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Don’t you love loading up your Windows 10 PC with amazing apps? Thanks to colorful icons, you can easily identify and launch them from the Taskbar. However, some users have complained about app icons not showing up when pinned on the taskbar. That’s odd.

There are two possibilities for this problem. In one case, you pin the app icon to the Taskbar, but it remains invisible. However, you can still open the app by clicking on the empty area or choosing the ‘Unpin from Taskbar’ option in the Start menu instead of ‘Pin to Taskbar’. We have already covered a detailed guide on how to fix this issue. Please refer to that guide and return here if the issue persists.

The second situation occurs when icons are missing from the Taskbar. Clicking is futile in this case, and repinning the app is ineffective. Hopefully, one of the solutions below will resolve this issue on your Windows PC.

1. Restart Windows Explorer

Before proceeding, note that closing all open windows and apps will occur. Save your work before continuing.

Step 1: Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Locate Windows Explorer in the Processes tab. Right-click and choose Restart.

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7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Pretty easy and that should do the trick.

2. Disk Cleanup Tool

This will essentially do the same thing as a third-party app like CCleaner.

Step 1: Press Windows key+E to open file explorer. Select the C Drive and you will see the Disk Cleanup tool listed under Drive Tools. Alternatively, you can find it in the Start menu.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 2: The default selection should work, but you can choose more options if you know what they will do. Click on ‘Clean up system files’ to initiate the cleanup process.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

3. Display Driver

Maybe your PC’s display driver is causing the app icons to not appear. It may seem unlikely, but troubleshooting this issue won’t hurt. We have covered everything you need to know about drivers before.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

You can find display drivers in Device Manager under Display Adapters. Try uninstalling, reinstalling, or updating to see if it helps.

4. Rebuild Icon Cache

We are addressing corrupt icon files that prevent app icons from appearing in the Taskbar.

Step 1: Search for and open the Command Prompt as administrator from the Start menu.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 2: Type the following commands one at a time and press enter. Follow the suggested order:

ie4uinit.exe -show

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F

DEL /A /Q “%localappdata%\IconCache.db”

DEL /A /F /Q “%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*”

shutdown /r /f /t 00

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

The final command will reboot your computer right away. Keep that in mind before proceeding.

5. Registry Editor

Messing with the Registry Editor can be dangerous. I recommend you take a backup before proceeding.

Step 1: Search for and open the Registry Editor from the Start menu.

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7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 2: Press Ctrl+F or select Find under the Edit menu.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 3: Search for iconstreams and press Enter.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 4: Delete iconstreams entry in the right window-pane.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 5: Repeat the steps and delete pasticonstreams this time. Reboot your computer and check if icons appear on the Taskbar or not.

6. Re-Register Taskbar

To resolve the icon display issue, follow these steps:

1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.

2. Proceed as you did in the previous step.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 2: Type the command below and execute it to get rid of redundant files.

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle%

If this doesn’t work, try the command below after completing all the steps.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers Foreach

Step 3: Press Windows key+E to open File Explorer and go to this folder. C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/

Replace ‘Users’ with your PC user name. Can’t find the folder? Enable Hidden items under the View tab.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 4: Delete the TileDataLayer file. Can’t delete it? Open services.msc from the Start menu and find the Tile Data model server entry. Right-click on it and stop the service. Now, you should be able to delete the file.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

There’s no need to reboot your computer.

7. SFC Scan

This will scan system files for irregularities and corrupt files and repair them if necessary. Open the Command Prompt with admin rights from the Start menu again.

7 Best Ways to Fix App Icons Not Showing in Taskbar on Windows 10

Step 2: Give the command sfc /scannow and wait for it to run. You should see 100% verification at the end.

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If there is an issue with one app, try reinstalling it using Revo Uninstaller for a clean uninstallation. However, this issue is not common. There are alternative ways to launch the app in the meantime. Use the Start menu or PowerToys shortcut. If our solutions worked or if you found another solution, let us know in the comments.

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