General Reset and Clear Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to reset and clear all pinned items on your taskbar in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can pin an app to the taskbar to always show the app's icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

Items you pin to the taskbar are stored and referenced in both locations below for your account.

In the registry:

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

EXAMPLE: Pinned items on taskbar


Here's How:

1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below


(Content of BAT file for reference)
DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*"

REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

start explorer.exe

4 Save the .bat file to the Desktop.

5 unblock the .bat file.

6 Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

7 You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close, and your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink



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