Double Google Chrome icon on the taskbar [Quick Fix]

Milan Stanojevic
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Double Google Chrome icons on taskbar

Some users have reported having a double Google Chrome icons on their Windows 10 taskbar. This can become extremely frustrating in time, as the space available in the taskbar is limited.

Here’s how one user described the issue on Microsoft Answers forums:

Double Google Chrome icon on the taskbar. I’ve tried to unpin the first one on the left, and then pin the new one on the right, but I can’t pin that one because there is no option to pin it. If you can, please help me!

For these reasons, in this article, we will explore some of the best-proven methods to solve this issue and clear your taskbar from any unwanted icons. Read on to find out how to do it.

What can I do if Chrome opens a second icon on Taskbar?

1. Use a different browser

If you keep having issues with double Chrome icons, perhaps it would be best to switch to a new browser. The Opera browser is built on Chromium, so it has all the features and extensions that Chrome has.

However, Opera is heavily optimized for user privacy and it doesn’t store any tracking cookies or your personal information. The browser also has a built-in VPN, so you can rest assured that your privacy is protected when using Opera.

Downloading the browser takes just a few seconds, and you can immediately see some of the features in the installation pop up: an integrated ad blocker, free VPN, instant messaging, and easy customization of extensions.

Opera

Opera

If you want a reliable browser, fast connection with a flexible and easy to customize interface then this is your best choice!

2. Pin Chrome to your taskbar

  1. Open up File Manager.
  2. Copy paste this location in your explorer: C:\Users\your username here\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
  3. Launch Chrome and pin it to your Taskbar.windows explorer google chrome - double chrome icon on taskbar

Note: In case this method doesn’t work (you can’t see any folders in that location), please follow the next methods.


3. Unpin the second Google Chrome

  1. OpenGoogle Chrome.
  2. Click on the icon that is not active.
  3. Select Unpin from taskbarunpinning Chrome from taskbar - double Chrome icons on taskbar
  4. Right-click on the other icon.
  5. Select Pin to taskbar.

4. Create a Google Chrome shortcut

  1. Right-click on each of the Chrome icons.
  2. Select Unpin from taskbar.
  3. Click on the Start menu.
  4. Search for Google Chrome.Chrome in Start menu - Double Chrome icons on taskbar
  5. Drag-and-drop Google Chrome to your Desktop.
  6. Double-click the shortcut from your Desktop to open Chrome.
  7. Right-click the Chrome icon.
  8. SelectPin it to Taskbar.pinning Chrome to taskbar - double Chrome icons in taskbar

In this article, we explored the best proven methods to solve having two Google Chrome icons on your taskbar.

Please follow the methods presented in this article in the order that they were written to avoid any other issues.

Feel free to let us know if this guide helped you solve your problem by using the comment section found below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.