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How to 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10

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This tutorial will show you how to Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar modern and desktop apps for your account in Windows 10.

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Apps you pin to your taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

In a folder:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar


If you have tablet mode turned on, icons of apps pinned to the taskbar will not show unless you turn off Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: "Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from File Explorer context menu
  • Option Two: "Pin to taskbar" from File Explorer ribbon
  • Option Three: "Pin to taskbar" by Dragging App to Taskbar
  • Option Four: "Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from Taskbar
  • Option Five: "Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from Start Menu
  • Option Six: "Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from All apps



EXAMPLE: Pinned apps on taskbar

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION ONE 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from File Explorer context menu

1. While on your desktop on in File Explorer, right click, press and hold, or press and hold the "Shift" key and right click on an app (ex: explorer) or shortcut of an app, and do step 2 or step 3 below.

2. If the app is currently pinned to your taskbar, then you can click/tap on Unpin from taskbar to remove it. (see screenshot below)

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3. If the app is currently not pinned to your taskbar, then you can click/tap on Pin to taskbar to add it. (see screenshot below)

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION TWO 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" from File Explorer ribbon

1. While in File Explorer, select an app (ex: explorer) or shortcut of an app that you want to pin. (see screenshot below)

2. Click/tap on the Application Tools Manage tab.

3. Click/tap on the Pin to taskbar button in the ribbon.

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION THREE 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" by Dragging App to Taskbar

1. While on your desktop, in File Explorer, or in Start menu, drag an app (ex: notepad.exe) or shortcut of an app that you want to pin to the taskbar until you see Pin to Taskbar, and release to drop. (see screenshot below)

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from Taskbar

1. While on your taskbar, right click or press and hold on an app (ex: Command Prompt) icon on the taskbar to open it's jump list, and do step 2 or step 3 below.

2. If the app is currently pinned to your taskbar, then you can click/tap on Unpin this program from taskbar to remove it. (see screenshot below)

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3. If the opened app is currently not pinned to your taskbar, then you can click/tap on Pin this program to taskbar to add it. (see screenshot below)

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from Start Menu

1. Open your Start menu, right click or press and hold on any app tile (ex: Store) on the right side, and do step 2 or step 3 below.

2. If the app is currently pinned to your taskbar, then click/tap More, and click/tap on Unpin from taskbar to remove it. (see screenshot below)

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3. If the app is currently not pinned to your taskbar, then click/tap More, and click/tap on Pin to taskbar to add it. (see screenshot below)

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'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10 OPTION SIX 'Pin to taskbar' and 'Unpin from taskbar" Apps in Windows 10
"Pin to taskbar" or "Unpin from taskbar" from All apps

1. Open All apps in your Start menu, right click or press and hold on any app (ex: Store) on the left or right side, and do step 2 or step 3 below.

2. If the app is currently pinned to your taskbar, then click/tap More, and click/tap on Unpin from taskbar to remove it. (see screenshot below)

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3. If the app is currently not pinned to your taskbar, then click/tap More, and click/tap on Pin to taskbar to add it. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn