Solved Taskbar gap in icons


wiganken

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Updated Windows to 22H2 about a week ago on both my machines and has been okay up until today when I see gaps in the icon spacing on the taskbar. I have tried restarting but the gaps remain. This happens on both machines. There are two user profiles on both machines and the gap appears on both profiles. The position of the gap varies with profile and machine. See photo.

Is anyone else seeing this?
Is there a fix?

Thanks.
Taskbar gap.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Looks like you have apps that are not loaded correctly or have been uninstalled and left in the system tray manager.
Right click the taskbar and select taskbar settings, select "Other system tray icons" and start there by disabling potential culprits.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    I7 8700 @ 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    gigabyte Z370M D3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 X PHILLIPS 273V
    Hard Drives
    1gb NVMe
    PSU
    Silverstone SX500-G 500W Modular 80+ Gold PSU
    Keyboard
    Microsoft wireless 900 kit
    Mouse
    Microsoft wireless 900 kit
    Internet Speed
    1gps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Sophos Endpoint
@Yosemite - Thanks. I discovered that the gap is in fact the WhatsApp icon but it has a completely black face so it blends in with the taskbar and looks like a gap. How do I know this? I hovered my mouse cursor over it and the text showed 'WhatsApp desktop'.

I saw that MS Store had updated the WhatsApp app yesterday so this update has probably caused it. I unpinned the 'black' icon and repinned WhatsApp back on the taskbar and everything is okay now. Gap is gone. Phew!
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP EliteDesk 705 G5
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 3400GE
    Memory
    8GB DDR4 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Integrated AMD Radeon Vega 11
    Hard Drives
    256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron 15-3576
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8250U
    Memory
    8 GB DDR4 - 2400 SODIMM
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Hard Drives
    256GB SK Hynix SC311 SATA SSD
Nice to hear you have it sorted
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    I7 8700 @ 3.20 GHz
    Motherboard
    gigabyte Z370M D3H
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 1070
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 X PHILLIPS 273V
    Hard Drives
    1gb NVMe
    PSU
    Silverstone SX500-G 500W Modular 80+ Gold PSU
    Keyboard
    Microsoft wireless 900 kit
    Mouse
    Microsoft wireless 900 kit
    Internet Speed
    1gps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Sophos Endpoint

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