If you want to remove all pinned apps and reset the taskbar on your Windows 10 PC, instead of doing it manually one by one, you can follow this tutorial. The taskbar is an essential element on Windows computers that helps users quickly open frequently opened applications. You can pin almost any application and open it as needed. However, if you’ve pinned many apps and want to get rid of them, you can. Resetting the taskbar can help in several ways. For example, if the taskbar has disappeared from the desktop, you can recover it.
There are mainly two different ways to do this. You can find all the paths where the pinned apps are saved and delete them manually, but it takes a long time. However, if you follow the second method, you will end up creating a .bat file that can delete both locations at once.
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When making changes to the Registry Editor, it is recommended that you back up the registry files first or create a system restore point.
Delete all pinned apps and reset taskbar
To remove all pinned apps and reset the taskbar in Windows 10:
- Notepad open
- Paste the text containing the commands in Notepad.
- Click File> Save As.
- Choose a location where you want to save the file.
- Enter a file name with the extension .bat.
- Select All Files from the Save As Type drop-down menu.
- Click the Save button.
- Double-click the .bat file to run it.
- The taskbar will be reset.
- So open Notepad on your computer to be able to create the required file. In the Notepad window, paste the following text:
DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*" REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F taskkill /f /im explorer.exe start explorer.exe
Now click on the File button and select Save As. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + S simultaneously.
After that, select the location where you want to save the file, enter a name with the extension .bat (example: testfile.bat), choose All files from the Save as type drop-down list.
Finally, click on the Save button. Now you need to double click on the newly created .bat file. If you saved the texts as mentioned above, you did not find any confirmation window or anything else. You should see the changes directly.
That’s all! It’s as simple as it has been said.