I've installed Office 2016, on a Windows 10 PC All users that logon get Outlook, excel, and word icons in the task bar.

If I remove those icons, and reboot they reappear, even when using a local admin account.
Is Office 2016 doing this Out of the box? I'm very confused, I have no GPO doing it.

I tried rightclick unpin and I also tried deleting them from: %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar both from within an Admin Account. they keep being added on restart.

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  • do you want a screenshot of the task bar? eh .. okay.. but its just a normal taskbar with Office Icons.
    – Allando
    Oct 10, 2017 at 12:15
  • It might be more useful to describe how you remove the icons from the task bar in the first place. Oct 10, 2017 at 12:17
  • post editted about how I tried to delete
    – Allando
    Oct 10, 2017 at 12:19
  • Having the same issue here at work. Been trying to figure it out. Drives me crazy because I only have a set amount of space and the icons makes it overflow....every morning.Rest assured, I'm going to figure this out if it kills me.
    – Kelbizzle
    Jan 12, 2018 at 13:46

1 Answer 1


Try this:

  • Open Start menu
  • Right-click the application you want removed from your task bar,
  • Then, "more > Remove from Task bar"
  • Not helpful. As mentioned in the question, they reappear after reboot.
    – Drew
    Apr 25, 2019 at 16:51

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