Windows 10: File Explorer icon disappears from Taskbar

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  1.    01 Aug 2015 #1

    File Explorer icon disappears from Taskbar


    I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 yesterday and overall I've been happy with it. However, I note one strange behavior: the File Explorer icon seems to disappear sometimes from the Taskbar. I created a Desktop shortcut for File Explorer, but when I right click on it there is no option to pin it to the Taskbar. What's going on here?
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  2.    08 Aug 2015 #2

    I've been living with this behavior for more than a week now. The File Explorer icon in the Taskbar intermittently disappears and reappears, seemingly without a single cause. As a workaround I created a Desktop shortcut for File Explorer, but I have not seen reports of this in any other forum. Am I the only one with this problem? And how should I go about trying to solve it? Anyone???
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       08 Aug 2015 #3

    You can try to pin it from start menu as shown, just right click on "File Explorer". Since I've already had it pinned to taskbar, the option on yours would be "pin to taskbar":
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  4.    08 Aug 2015 #4

    I have some Icons on my desktop that are actually Folders (containing shortcuts). If I have any of those folders open, they replace the File Explorer icon on the task bar. Mystery solved!
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  5.    08 Aug 2015 #5

    letmein said: View Post
    I have some Icons on my desktop that are actually Folders (containing shortcuts). If I have any of those folders open, they replace the File Explorer icon on the task bar. Mystery solved!
    I try to keep a very clean Desktop, so I don't have any other shortcuts that are Folders.
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  6.    08 Aug 2015 #6

    topgundcp said: View Post
    You can try to pin it from start menu as shown, just right click on "File Explorer". Since I've already had it pinned to taskbar, the option on yours would be "pin to taskbar":
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    The File Explorer icon in the Start Menu indicates it is already pinned to the Taskbar even when it has disappeared. Clicking on Unpin from Taskbar and then immediately clicking on Pin to Taskbar causes it to reappear, but only temporarily. After that it periodically disappears and reappears just as before.
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  7.    08 Aug 2015 #7

    Have you tried running System File Check ? Right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) and If you want to verify and repair the OS type sfc /scannow (note the space between sfc and "/")

    If you just want to check (verify only) the OS type sfc /verifyonly
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  8.    08 Aug 2015 #8

    letmein said: View Post
    Have you tried running System File Check ? Right click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) and If you want to verify and repair the OS type sfc /scannow (note the space between sfc and "/")

    If you just want to check (verify only) the OS type sfc /verifyonly
    I'll try running SFC, although I have some legacy apps that use the old Windows XP WinHlp32.exe help file. That drives SFC batty. Microsoft can't seem to wrap its mind around that one.
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  9.    08 Aug 2015 #9

    BillPierce said: View Post
    I'll try running SFC, although I have some legacy apps that use the old Windows XP WinHlp32.exe help file. That drives SFC batty. Microsoft can't seem to wrap its mind around that one.
    SFC found no problems apart from the aforementioned WinHlp32.exe.

    I do seem to be slightly closer to tracing a possible cause of the problem. If the File Explorer icon has disappeared from the Taskbar, closing Outlook 2007 will cause it to reappear, although it will later randomly disappear regardless of whether Outlook 2007 is open. In that case, reopening and closing Outlook 2007 will cause the icon to reappear, even if it later randomly disappears. So I have found a way to make the icon reappear, even if I can't identify what makes it disappear.

    It all seems mighty strange. What is the best way to report this behavior to Microsoft?
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  10.    08 Aug 2015 #10

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/contactus#

    Customer service: 1 (800) 642-7676
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