How to Fix Invisible Icons On Taskbar Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How to Fix Invisible Icons On Taskbar Windows 10

Pinning the frequently used apps to the taskbar is quite helpful. It saves the trouble of searching or opening the Start Menu to find the app. However, sometimes, the taskbar becomes spooky, and it makes you regret your decision of pinning the apps.
What I mean is the pinned app icons either disappear from the taskbar or don’t function. In some cases, the app opens but no icon appears on the taskbar. One can see the reserved space of the icon, but the actual icon isn’t visible (ghost icons). While it mostly happens with Microsoft apps such as Calculator, Edge, Photos, etc., the issue isn’t restricted to these apps only as it can happen to any app.
So if you are facing the issue of invisible taskbar icons, give a try to the solutions mentioned below. Let’s check them out.
Solution 1: Restart PC
Restarting your PC. However, do not use the Restart PC option instead shut it down completely and then turn it on.
Solution 2: Restarting Windows Explorer
1. Press Windows key+ R for the Run application to launch. Type taskmgr in the dialogue box to launch the task manager. Or Right-click on your taskbar and select Task Manager from the menu
2. Click on More details in Task Manager if it opens in the compact version
3. Click on the Processes tab. Scroll down and look for Windows Explorer under Windows Processes. Click on it to select the option, and hit the Restart button.
Hopefully, the ghost icons will start to function normally.
Solution 3: Reinstall Taskbar Application
1. Search PowerShell in the search box and right click the result Windows PowerShell to Run as administrator.
2. In Windows PowerShell, copy and paste the following command and then stroke Enter.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers| Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode – Register“$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
3. Restart computer.
Now you have successfully reinstalled the built-in applications for Windows 10, the invisible Taskbar will display the pinned items at this time.
Solution 4: Repin Icon To Taskbar
A simple fix that has proved helpful is to unpin the icon first followed by adding it again. To do so, right-click on the invisible icon in the taskbar and select the ‘Unpin from taskbar’ option.
If you cannot right-click on the icon, click on the Start menu and look for the same app. Right-click on the app in the Start menu and select Unpin from the taskbar. If it’s not directly available, search under More option. Once it has been unpinned, pin it again by right-clicking on the icon in the Start Menu and choosing Pin to taskbar.
Solution 5: Deleta Icon Cache
1. Open File Explorer and click on File at the top. From the menu, select Options.
2. In the Folder Options go to the View tab. Here, check Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Click Ok to save the changes.
3. Open the C Drive on your PC and go to Users.
4. Here you will find all the registered users on your PC. Double click on your own username.
5. Click on App Data followed by Local
6. In the Local folder, scroll down and look for IconCache.db file. Right-click on it and hit the Delete button
7. Restart your PC
Solution 6: Create a New User Account
To avoid the possibility that it is the account corruption give rise to taskbar icons missing from Windows 10 error, you might as well struggle to add a new account to see if the icons can appear in the taskbar.
1. Navigate to Start > Settings > Accounts.
2. Under Family & other people, choose to Add someone else to this PC
3. In How will this person sign in, select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
4. Choose to Add a user without Microsoft account.
5. In Create an account for this PC, type in the name and password you think out for this newly created user account.
Obviously, you are able to login in with this new account. Or here it is also available to create a Microsoft account if you would like.
When you sign in with the local user account or Microsoft account, you will notice the disappearing taskbar icons have been recovered on Windows 10.