The Taskbar on Windows 10 is a happening space. It has all the shortcuts to apps you use most, it houses notifications, and system app icons. There are a lot of ways to customize the taskbar and change it as per our preferences. Sometimes, errors occur and hinder the functionalities of the taskbar. At such times you can restart the Taskbar and if that does not help, reset it. Let’s see how we can do it.
Restarting Explorer restarts the taskbar automatically. To do it, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the options.
It will open the Task Manager. In the Processes tab select Windows Explorer and click on the Restart button at the bottom of the Task Manager window.
Windows Explorer along with the taskbar will restart.
You can reset the taskbar is by using a script. Copy and paste the following script in a Notepad file and save it as a BAT file. You can do so by entering .BAT at the end of the file name while saving it.
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop /F taskkill /f /im explorer.exe taskkill /f /im shellexperiencehost.exe del %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\TempState\* /q start explorer.exe
After saving the BAT file, run it by double-clicking on it.
This will remove all your taskbar toolbars, cache and restart explorer.exe.
You may also manually remove the unwanted icons from the taskbar and the notification area.
TIP: More suggestions here if your Taskbar is not working, unresponsive or frozen in Windows 10.
Hope this helps.