I have got a new installation of windows recently. Now when I do unpin items from taskbar that were there (IE, Edge, Explorer), they do come back after restart. A pinned chrome does not disappear though e.g.

Anything to fix this issue?

P.S. Just created a new user, and he has the same problem

P.P.S. Sign out is enough to get it back, no full restart needed


I had the same problem. Nothing works.

Finally, I found the XML file in my profile:


The items were listed here in this section:

    <CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection PinListPlacement="Replace">
-- items were here - removed

Maybe this will help someone.

  • I have found items in there as well, will try to delete them and see if it works – Ilya Chernomordik Jan 16 '18 at 8:35
  • I tried removing the items and even the file, but not work... Windows 10 Pro 10.0.16299 – Kelvin Hu Sep 4 '18 at 5:33
  • This worked for me on Win10 Enterprise v.1803, thanks! – Tim Klein Oct 31 '18 at 14:54
  • That file doesn't exist on my hard drive, nor does a text search for CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection or DefaultLayoutOverride in my AppData folder yield any results... there is a DefaultLayouts.xml file in the location you specified, but it seems to contain data for the default start menu layout (which I don't use, since ClassicShell is so much better). Any other options where that setting might live (on Win 10 Pro)? – Amos M. Carpenter Dec 25 '18 at 0:44

First, go the following paths:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

C:\Users\Public\company name\TaskBar (if this path doesn’t exist, ignore it)

Delete the items that you don’t want to show in taskbar.

Restart computer to see the result.

If no help, backup personal data, remove current account and create a new one, maybe your account is corrupted.

Good luck

  • Thanks for the answer, the items are not there after I unpin them. They come back after restart though (interestingly enough Edge shortcut is not there but still is pinned). New user got the same probelm – Ilya Chernomordik Sep 19 '17 at 6:55
  • when those items come back, please try to delete them directly from explorer path rather than unpin. – Origami Sep 19 '17 at 7:58
  • There is a .bat file which could clear all pinned apps on taskbar, you could have a try. How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Apps on Taskbar in Windows 10 tenforums.com/tutorials/… – Origami Sep 19 '17 at 8:00
  • Deleting items directly did not help unfortunately and I'd prefer not to run bat files on init if possible – Ilya Chernomordik Sep 19 '17 at 8:34
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    This began after the clean installation of Windows on my machine, so I doubt it's malware, but a good question is how to uncorrupt it? :) – Ilya Chernomordik Sep 19 '17 at 13:54

It appears that this was some corporate policy from domain that have done that and it's not possible to turn off that easy, but anyway, domain rules are a possibility when this happens.

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