Taskbar shortcut icons disappeared

  1. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro-20H2-19042.661

    Taskbar shortcut icons disappeared

    After checking and configuring my router I went to the regular desktop view which is plain and looks like Win7
    Only the quick access, internet icon, notices, lanquage and clock icons were visible.
    I had created a new toolbar which referenced the start menu in Windows Program Data.
    It was spread across the taskbar rather than compacted and previously available by clicking on the title Programs tucked in beside Quick Access.
    There was no visible line to use with the cursor for dragging this bunch of links across into the right side area.
    I removed that toolbar.
    The few daily use Taskbar shortcut icons when created cannot be dragged to the taskbar even if I lock it.
    (Browser, email, Notepad++,Everywhere search and a link to a Quick Stack popup collection of shortcuts)
    Any open application is not displaying on the taskbar
    Considered a 'Restore' and checked the list of restore points with a utility System Restore Explorer and it lists Oct.20 as the last restore point. I'm assuming Win10 does not do a daily restore point.
    The last system image is Oct.7 so several Windows updates would have to be done over and there are a couple of those.
    Is there a registry edit or workaround to restore the taskbar so shortcuts can be pinned there?
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  2. Posts : 180
    Windows 10 Pro-20H2-19042.661
    Thread Starter

    Well...I don't know what caused explore.exe to stop allowing the taskbar....
    I used the icon that allows all views of apps (looks like monitors side by side) to see what I had open.
    Opened Task Manager. Stopped Explorer.exe
    Created a new task...explorer.exe
    Desktop refreshed and there was the taskbar with my most used shortcut icons.
    Thankful to have it back but what a bunch of fiddling around to get to applications and keep track of open windows.
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    Posts : 37

    I went from win 8.1 to win10 a while back, stuff stopped working, taskbar stuff went missing, pretty soon I could not sign into my own computer, I had to re-install, so I put win8.1 back in... plus, Saitek has screwed up drivers, for their joysticks, still messing with Beta after being 3 month late for working drivers, they still suck at releasing drivers that are signed by MS. A huge mess!
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