Windows 10 or 11 taskbar icons missing? Try this solution!

Are Windows 10 or 11 taskbar icons suddenly missing? Here's a simple solution you can try to fix the problem.

Windows 10

1. Right-click on the taskbar and then click on Task Manager. You can also right-click on the Windows start menu button and then click on Task Manager.

2. If the “User Account Control” window appears, you click Yes.

Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click Yes.

3. In the Processes tab, you scroll down to Windows Explorer.

Find the Windows Explorer process in the Windows Task Manager

Note: If you don't see the Processes tab, then you will have to click on More details located in the bottom left of the Task Manager window.

Show more details in Windows Task Manager

4. Right-click on Windows Explorer and then click on Restart.

Restart the Windows Explorer process in Windows 10

Windows 10 Task manager will restart the “Windows Explorer” process again.

5. You can now close the Task Manager window.

Windows 11

1. Right-click on the Windows start menu button and then click on Task Manager.

Open Windows 11 Task Manager

2. If the “User Account Control” window appears, you click Yes.

Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click Yes.

3. In the Task Manager window, you search for the Windows Explorer process.

4. Right-click on Windows Explorer process.

5. Click on Restart.

Restart the Windows Explorer process

Windows 11 Task Manager will restart the “Windows Explorer” process again.

6. You can now close the Task Manager window.