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Taskbar Pinned Items - Reset and Clear in Windows 7

How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Items on the Taskbar in Windows 7
Published by Brink
17 Feb 2012
Default Taskbar Pinned Items - Reset and Clear in Windows 7

How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Items on the Taskbar in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to reset and remove all of your currently pinned items on the taskbar (program icons) in Windows 7.

This can be helpful if you cannot "Unpin this program from the taskbar", or you just wish to quickly clear all pinned items from the taskbar.

This only includes resetting and removing all of your pinned programs and shortcuts on the taskbar.

This does not include taskbar toolbars or Jump Lists.

Note   Note
By default, your pinned taskbar programs/shortcuts are saved in both locations below. This is what this tutorial will be deleting to reset and remove all pinned program icons on the taskbar for you using a BAT file.

In the registry:

In the hidden TaskBar folder:
C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

EXAMPLE: Pinned Programs on the Taskbar in Windows 7
Taskbar Pinned Items - Reset and Clear in Windows 7-example.jpg
Here's How:
1. Click on the Download buttom below to download the .bat file below, then run it.

2. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

3. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.

4. All pinned program icons on your taskbar will now be reset and cleared.
That's it,

Published by
09 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601

When I do this tutorial, the taskbar will not reset unless I restarted the computer.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Odd, it works just fine for me when used as written in the tutorial on all my systems without having to do anything but run and approve (click on run) the downloaded .bat file.

Did explorer get stopped and restarted when you ran the downloaded .bat file? This would be the screen flashing with the taskbar going away when explorer is stopped, and coming back reset when explorer is restarted.

What did you have on your taskbar before resetting it? Could you post a screenshot?

Do you have any security program installed that may have prevented/blocked it from fully working?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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