Resolving Random Disappearance of Taskbar Icons

Windows 7 could be rightly described as the most user friendly and stable operating system released by Microsoft. With the least number of errors and a highly responsive interface, the OS continues to be a favorite for many. However, as the Windows 7 support team says, there are a few issues being reported about the platform. One such issue which is not that bothersome, but still slightly deterring, is that of the random disappearance of taskbar icons. Here, we give you a comprehensive account on how to resolve such issues.


The disappearance of icons is one issue that seems to spoil the show of the new Windows 7 taskbar. Obviously, missing taskbar icons would hamper your computing experience, as you won’t be able to open your frequently accessed apps. The symptoms of such an issue can be discerned when you try to click on a particular icon and it disappears or when it is missing from the taskbar. As such, you can view the taskbar as an area without any icons present corresponding to your frequently accessed apps.

How to Restore Icons?

As the Windows 7 support team says, in order to restore icons in your Windows 7 taskbar, any of the following methods may be performed:

  • Navigate to the “System Properties” window to find the option for placing icons in your taskbar.
  • Also, you can click on “Start” and drag and drop the frequently used app icons onto the taskbar.
  • You may also right click on the taskbar and enable the various options by selecting the tools and apps of your choice. In any case, do ensure that the lock option for the taskbar is enabled once the settings are configured.

Perform a System Scan

As the Windows 7 support team says, any viral intrusions or file corruptions could also trigger the issue in question. Certain malwares that enter your system may alter your taskbar specifications and cause other dreadful issues. Hence, conducting a thorough system scan is very much in order for detecting and fixing any such issues in your system. This, when done, you can restart your PC and enable all your taskbar icons.

The above account would surely prove helpful in fixing any issues with your Windows 7 taskbar.

For any further assistance, feel free to get in touch with Windows 7 support.