Icons Stuck In Taskbar RRS feed

  • Question

  • Occassionally, one or more icons will remain in the Taskbar after the program they are associated with is closed.  There does not appear to be any way of getting rid of them without logging off.  They may be for third party software or for Windows features like IE8. 

    Is this a known problem and if so is there a workaround?

    Friday, September 24, 2010 7:57 PM

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  • Are the programs pinned to the taskbar?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Friday, September 24, 2010 9:01 PM
  • Some are in the quick launch folder.  Others are not.  None of them are pinned to the taslkbar.
    Friday, September 24, 2010 9:27 PM
  • Caa you please make a screenshot and upload it?

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 12:23 PM
  • THere does not appear to be an option to upload a file.

    Besides, all it would show is some icons in the Taskbar to the right of the quick launch area.  It would look the same as if the programs were running and minimized.

    Saturday, September 25, 2010 7:44 PM
  • Use the SkyDrive to upload pictures:


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Saturday, September 25, 2010 11:37 PM
  • Try the following suggestions and see if the issue can be resolved:


    Suggestion 1: Use ShellExView to disable third party extension of Windows Explorer


    1. Download ShellExView v1.41 from the following link http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.zip


    Please Note: The third-party product discussed here is manufactured by a company that is independent of Microsoft. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.


    2. Right-click the "shexview.zip" file, select "Extract All", the Extraction Wizard will prompt.

    3. Click Next, input "C:\ShellExView" (without the quotation marks) in the "Files will be extracted to this directory" textbox.

    4. Click Next and click Finnish.

    5. Open the "C:\ShellExView" folder and double-click the "shexview.exe" file. It will scan the registry for all the shell extensions.

    6. Select all the non-Microsoft extensions in pink by press "Ctrl" in the keyboard.

    7. Click the "Disable Selected Items" on the toolbar and click Yes.

    8. Restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved.


    Suggestion 2: Clean Boot to check the issue. If the issue disappears in the Clean Boot environment, you can continue to narrow down which entry is causing the issue.


    Suggestion 3: If the issue persists, create a new user account to see if the issue occurs. If the issue does not occur in the new user account, refer to Fix a corrupted user profile.






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    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Thursday, September 30, 2010 5:47 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by saberman Saturday, October 9, 2010 9:01 AM
    Monday, September 27, 2010 9:08 AM
  • The icon that is currently stuck in the taskbar is the one for Internet Explorer.  It is not a third party product.

    Icons get stuck infrequently (the current one is the first in over a week) so disabling non-Microsoft extensions and running for a little while would not prove anything nor would a Clean Boot or running for a little while with a new account.

    The only why to do problem determination is to either have something that continually monitors the system and can detemine when an icon has be left orphaned or a diagnostic tool that can be run after the fact to determine why the icon is stuck in the taskbar.  Or something to monitor Internet Explorer to determine why it leaves an icon behind in the traskbar.


    Saturday, October 9, 2010 9:08 AM
  • This happens to me all the time in Windows 8! It's very frustrating! I end up having to turn off/on the computer. I don't know what else to do, because it won't let me open anything!
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 6:19 PM
  • Is it the same icons every time? If so, I would uinstall the programs and reinstall them.

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    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:28 PM