How to restore hidden taskbar icons in Windows 10

If you are a Windows user and upgrade your computer from time to time, then this article may help you. Many users face a problem of disappearing system icons from taskbar after a small update or major upgrade. In this guide, we share how to restore hidden taskbar icons in Windows 10.

There can be several reasons due to which this can happen. Users may face the problem of hidden icons from the position it was pinned on the taskbar. One more similar problem users may face the blank selected area on the toolbar when a window is open.

How to restore hidden taskbar Icons in Windows 10

The reason behind this problem could be the corruption of some system files or your user account. There are three methods which you can try to restore those icons.

  1. Run SFC
  2. Use the DISM tool
  3. App troubleshooter

1] Running SFC Scan/System File Checker

SFC Scan

  • Press Windows button + X on your keyboard.
  • Select “Command Prompt (Admin).”
  • If you are on the latest version of Windows 10, then you might find Windows PowerShell instead of Command Prompt.
  • Open “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” if so.
  • Type: sfc /scannow and press enter.

As soon as the scan is complete, type exit and press enter.

This process will search for the corrupt system files and will repair them. After the completion of the scan, restart your machine, and the disappeared icons should be back. If the above method doesn’t solve your problem, then you can try the next process.

2] Run DISM Tool

  • Press Windows button + X on your keyboard.
  • Select “Command Prompt (Admin) or “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”
  • Then type: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth


This process will enable the DSIM Tool and will restore the health of your Windows 10 image. It will restore your version of Windows to its initial state to work smoothly.

Here restore doesn’t means removing user’s data and resetting the whole OS. It will just restore system files to their initial states.

This process will bring back your lost icons. But, if this process is also not helpful to you, then you might try the method given below. This method may prove to be your last resort, and after that, no other may become useful.

3] Run the App Troubleshooter to restore hidden taskbar icons

  1. Press Windows Button + I on your keyboard to open the Settings App.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Then from left panel select Troubleshoot.
  4. From “Find and fix other problems” list of troubleshooter, select Windows Store Apps.
  5. Click on it and select Run the troubleshooter.
  6. Follow the steps by troubleshooter, and it will fix every issue you may or may not be facing.

By now your icons would have come back. Keep in mind that it takes some time to reflect the changes done. So always keep a habit of restarting your machine as soon as some changes like above are done.

All the methods mentioned above are tried and proven ones. If you are still facing the issue, then you may have to clean install a fresh new Windows on your machine. Sometimes the reason behind such behavior of a device is due to some Viruses and Malware.

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