How to Fix Taskbar Icons Missing After Reboot on Windows 11 –

What Causes Windows 10 Taskbar to Disappear?

There are some possible reasons that may cause Windows 10 taskbar to disappear. Let’s have a glance first.

Reason 1. The Windows taskbar may automatically hide and is disappeared from computer desktop.

Reason 2. The File Explorer may have problems or may be crashed.

Reason 3. Your computer display resolution setting is beyond the computer original screen dimension.

How to Fix Taskbar Disappeared in Windows 10?

  1. Check Taskbar Settings to Turn off Auto-hide
  2. Change the Display Resolution to an Appropriate Resolution
  3. Change Project Setting to PC Screen Only
  4. Disable Tablet Mode to Fix Taskbar Missing Windows 10
  5. Restart File Explorer
  6. Update Graphics, Video Card Drivers
  7. Run an Anti-virus Scan
  8. Repair Windows 10 Corrupt System Files with SFC


Sign out of your Microsoft account

According to a lot of affected users, this particular issue can also be tied to the Microsoft account that you’re currently using on Windows 11.

If this scenario is applicable, you should try signing out of it in order to force all the opened applications and other sessions belonging to the end. If the issue is related to your account, this might also make the taskbar icons reappear.

Note: As far as we can tell, this problem is only reported to Windows 11 PCs that are using a Microsoft account. If you find the method below to be effective, you should also consider connecting a local account to avoid the resurfacing of this issue in the future.

Follow the instructions below to sign out of your current Microsoft account, then back in:

  1. Make sure that you don’t risk losing any files by saving any task that you’re currently doing.
  2. After you do this, simultaneously press CTRL + Alt + Delete, then click on Sign out.
    Accessing the Sign Out screen
  3. This action will take you back to the starting screen that appears when you turn on the computer.
  4. Once you get there, sign in to your account and see if the account appears now.

If the same kind of issue is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below.

Change the date on your PC

I know this seems like an unlikely culprit, but a lot of affected users have confirmed that the issue was resolved entirely after they’ve realized the date & time is wrong and change them to the correct values.

There’s no official explanation from Microsoft detailing why this fix is effective for so many users yet, but early Windows 11 adopters are speculating that the taskbar functionality probably crashes if your OS is unable to verify the date & time against the expected values in your area.

To learn how to change the date of your Windows 11 PC and force the missing taskbar icons to return:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL + Alt + Delete and click on it, or press CTRL + Shift + Escape and it will open the Task Manager directly.
    Opening up Task Manager
  2. Once you’re inside Task Manager, ensure that you are using the expert interface. If you aren’t click on More details on the bottom of the screen.
    Opening up the More Details screen
  3. Once you’re inside the expert interface of Task Manager, use the ribbon bar the top to click on File, then click on Run new task from the context menu.
    Running a new task in Task Manager
  4. Once you’re inside the Create new task window, type ‘control’ inside the Open box, then check the box associated with Create this task with administrative privileges, then click on Ok.
    Running a control task from Task Manager
  5. Once you’re inside the classic Control Panel interface, use the search function (top-right corner of the screen) to search for Date & Time. Then from the list of results, click on Date and Time.
    Opening up the Date & Time window
  6. After that, click on Change date and time, and change the date to the actual dater and time and click on OK, then click on Apply then reboot your PC. Your missing taskbar problem should be fixed.
    Adjusting the Date and Time Settings

    Once the modification is complete, reboot your PC and see if the taskbar icons return once the next startup is complete.

    If the same kind of issue is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below. s

Fix 5 Reinstall taskbar

1. Search Powershell in Windows 10 Search.

2. Right click and choose run as administrator.

2. Right click and choose run as administrator.

3. Now, copy and paste the command given below and hit enter key to execute the command.

4. Restarting Windows Explorer

This is very basic and could be your first stop in remedying this problem. The steps are:

1. Open task manager by pressing <Ctrl + Shift + ESC.

2. Navigate to the “Processes” tab, select the “Windows Explorer” app and click Restart.

Fix-2 Delete IconCache from your computer-

Deleting IconCache data base file from your computer will solve this issue.

1. Press Windows key+R to open Run window on your computer.

2. In Run window, copy-paste this run command and then hit Enter.


Roaming folder will be opened on your computer.

Roaming folder will be opened on your computer.

3. Now, in Roaming folder, click on “Appdata” in the address bar to go to folder.

4. In Appdata folder, double click on “Local

4. In Appdata folder, double click on “Local” folder to access it.

5. In Local folder, click on “View” in

5. In Local folder, click on “View” in the menu bar. Notice if the option “Hidden items” is checked.

Otherwise, check the option to see the hidden items in the folder.

6. In Local folder, Locate  “IconCache&#8221

6. In Local folder, Locate  “IconCache” or IconCache.db file and  “Delete”  the IconCache data base file from your computer.

IconCache.db file will be deleted from your comput

IconCache.db file will be deleted from your computer.

Close File Explorer window on your computer.

Restart your computer. After rebooting your computer icons will be visible on Task bar once again.

Your problem should be solved.

Part 2: Exiting from Chrome’s Full-Screen Mode

Make sure that the Google Chrome browser is not in full-screen mode. The full-screen mode can cause toolbars to disappear.

  • Step 01: Open your Google Chrome browser by double-clicking the Google Chrome icon found on the Desktop or click the Google Chrome icon on your taskbar.
  • Step 02: To exit from full-screen mode: For Windows, press F11. For Mac, hover the mouse at the top of the screen and click the green when it appears.

Part 4: Displaying Chrome Missing Toolbars via Other Options

If the steps above do not fix the problem, there are several other options that you can follow in order to display the missing Chrome toolbars as there are other factors that may cause it. Examples are viruses or malware in the computer, the browser needs to be updated to the latest version and restarted, as well as the Windows Explorer service and your computer will be rebooted. Restarting seems to fix most software problems and refreshes the current state. Follow the steps below.

  • Step 01: Try scanning your computer for viruses and malware. A virus or malware may cause the browser not to work properly.
  • Step 02:Update your Chrome browser to the latest version. To check, click the Menu button which is the three vertical dots in the top-right corner of the Chrome window. Go to “Help” and select “About Google Chrome”.
  • Step 03: Close your Chrome browser and launch it again. Another way is to go to the Chrome browser address bar. Enter “chrome://restart” and click “Enter” to restart Chrome.
  • Step 04: Right-click on your taskbar and click “Task Manager”. Alternatively, you can press the Ctrl+ Alt + Delete keys to bring up the Task Manager.

Go to the “Processes” tab which will show a list of all the running apps, processes, and services. Look for “Windows Explorer” (explorer.exe), right-click it, and select “End Task”.

This will end the Windows Explorer task hence all the open windows will close. Click on the “File” menu and click “Run New Task”. Type “explorer” and click “OK”.

  • Step 05: When all steps are done however, the toolbar is still missing in Chrome, try rebooting your computer. It seems to fix most computer and software problems and do a restart of the system. It clears off the current state of the operating system or software and the system begins fresh. To restart the computer, go to “Start” menu, then “Power Options”, and select “Restart”.


Many problems you encounter on Windows 10 require a “do it yourself first” approach. It is also important to keep in mind that installing updates is one of the most effective ways of maintaining good computer life and avoiding erratic computer problems. If, after trying all the methods above your Taskbar issues still persist, then you should consider consulting a technician.

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