Windows 10: Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut

Discus and support Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Windows Build 19042.928 I drag-n-dropped a Desktop Shortcut (that has the program icon showing) to my taskbar and clicked "Pin to taskbar." It got... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by HoggyDog, May 10, 2021.

  1. HoggyDog Win User

    Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut


    Windows Build 19042.928 I drag-n-dropped a Desktop Shortcut (that has the program icon showing) to my taskbar and clicked "Pin to taskbar." It got pinned, but lost its icon. Now, it's on the taskbar as a nondescript plain sheet of paper. I tried right-clicking it, expecting to find a Properties tab, but no such luck- nothing useful there. How can I force my plain-sheet-of-paper icon to change back to the program icon it has when it is on the Desktop? All of the other program icons that I have pinned to the taskbar are correctly showing their associated program icons. Thanks. PS: I did a search on "icon+taskbar" and found a bunch of stuff about "Tablet Mode," whatever that is, and a couple of really old threads unrelated to this issue.

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    HoggyDog, May 10, 2021
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    I know I am quite late but as I was scrolling through I saw this post which happened to one of friend too. This sometimes happens with Windows. Usually a reboot will solve the problem. However if this doesn't, try setting the icon for the shortcut(right-click pinned icon, right-click program, left-click properties, select "change icon...") or refreshing it by switching to a different icon, applying it, and then reverting back to the original icon. Remove the shortcut from the taskbar and replace it with the start menu shortcut or simply drag the .exe file to the taskbar.
     
    lorraine walsh, May 10, 2021
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  3. noten Win User
    Missing Taskbar Icons


    I'm having the same problem with 'Metro' icons. They don't show in the taskbar and they don't show within other apps. Shortcuts just show the generic page icon. The only place app icons show is in the start menu and those are really tiles.

    Here's an example of what I'm dealing with:

    Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut [​IMG]


    I have tried scf (sfc?) scan and dsim, no luck. Have also tried everything mentioned in this thread. Nothing.

    One suggestion that offered some promise was to look at the icon files to see if they look alright but didn't suggest anything beyond that. I browsed to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.6310.42251.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\images and found some icon files that seemed ok but then a bunch that appeared blank:

    Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut [​IMG]


    Any thoughts?
     
    noten, May 10, 2021
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  4. entropy13 Win User

    Program Icon Missing from Taskbar Shortcut

    Some icons missing in W7

    Why are some of my icons missing? Not just the shortcuts of those pinned in the start menu, the programs themselves lost their icons. Yet other times they re-appear.

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    entropy13, May 10, 2021
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