In Windows 10, I can't get a context menu when right-clicking the Visual Studio 2015 icon in the start menu nor on the taskbar.

The icon is visible, but when I right-click on it, I get no context menu. I am trying to unpin the icon from the menus so that I can try to re-pin it to get jump lists working, but in order to remove the pinned icon from the taskbar, I have to go directly to the AppData folder and navigate to my taskbar folder and delete the icon from that location.

All other icons offer a context menu when I right-click, and I can pin/unpin other applications normally. Visual Studio 2015 seems to be acting up.

I'm using Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1511, OS Build 10586.318.

  • Is what you are looking for found by pressing Shift and then right clicking the icon?
    – kbulgrien
    Jul 19, 2021 at 17:34

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This happened to me. I noticed restarting my computer fixed the issue, but that isn't a good solution.

I then found this: Can't Right Click on Windows 10 Taskbar Icons

"Press control shift escape then locate windows explorer in the windows processes. Right click windows explorer then click restart."

I now have my context menus back! Hope this helps.

  • You should flag this question as a duplicate of that question, if there is an answer to that question, that solves the author's problem instead of submitting your own answer.
    – Ramhound
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:35
  • Restarting windows explorer nor restarting my PC fixes this issue. It is not the same as the link you provided. My problem is specific to Visual Studio 2015
    – TychoBrahe
    Jul 18, 2016 at 12:25

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