Fixing issue of Windows® 7 taskbar icons disappearing randomly
What are the reasons due to which Windows 7 taskbar icons disappear randomly?
Taskbar is an area on the system desktop that is meant for easy access of all the applications. Windows 7 also has a taskbar area on the system desktop which comprises 'Start' menu, quick launch toolbars, notification area etc. The taskbar area consists of icons or shortcuts to various applications and tools. The user can create a 'Taskbar' icon by dragging and dropping the icon in the taskbar area. The pin to taskbar option also provides the user with this facility. But on some occasions, the taskbar icons would disappear from the area. This leads to the issue of taskbar icons disappearing in Windows 7 systems. The accidental disabling of the taskbar icons from the area is the primary cause of this issue. The random changes that affect the user's computer would be the result of the infections that affect the computer. Such infections would alter the registry contents and thereby result in issues like the disappearing of taskbar icons.
Symptoms of the issue of icons missing from Windows 7 taskbar and tips to fix the issue:
- Restore the icons
- Perform system scan
The disappearing of taskbar icons is one of the problems that affects the new Windows 7 taskbar. The icons that are missing from the taskbar would prevent the user from easily accessing the various applications. When the user tries to click on the icon, the option would disappear or it would be missing from the taskbar area. The user can see the taskbar as a bar area without any icons present on the option. This issue normally affects the quick launch taskbar and the notification areas.
Restore the icons
The taskbar icons that disappear or go missing from Windows 7 systems can be restored if you use the system properties window. The user can also drag and drop the icon of the particular application from the 'Start' menu or the desktop to the taskbar. You can also right click on the taskbar area and enable the various options by selecting some particular tools. The lock option for the taskbar should be enabled once the settings are configured. Else, the taskbar would be accidentally modified because of the tasks performed by the user.
The presence of any kind of viruses or other infections in a computer would result in issues with the working of various applications. The issue of taskbar icons missing from Windows 7 also transpires due to virus attacks. Certain malware that enter a system have the capability to alter the taskbar options. So, the user should perform a complete system scan to protect their system from such infections. After cleaning their system, the user can restart it and enable all the taskbar icons.
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