- If the pinned apps or their icons are disappearing in Windows 11, it could indicate an issue with the icon cache, or the graphics driver.
- To fix it, first, try restarting the Windows Explorer process in the Task Manager.
- If that doesn't work, you can delete the IconCache.db file or reconfigure the Local Group Policy Editor, amongst other methods here.
We all often pin apps to the Taskbar for quick access, and it seriously ends up saving a lot of time otherwise spent searching and launching them. But, many users have reported that pinned apps or their icons are not showing in Windows 11.
This could be due to a bunch of reasons, having to do with a corrupt icon cache, issues with the Windows Explorer process, misconfigured Local Group Policy Editor, amongst other issues. And, all these can be easily fixed and you will have the pinned item back in no time.
So, let’s go through the most effective methods to fix the pinned apps not showing error in Windows 11.
What can I do if pinned apps aren’t showing in Windows 11?
1. Restart the Windows Explorer process
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task Manager.
- Locate the Windows Explorer process, right-click on it, and select Restart from the context menu.
The Taskbar is bundled with the Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) process, and problems with the latter can lead to pinned apps not showing Windows 11. Just restarting the process should fix the error for you.
2. Update the graphics driver
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu, enter Device Manager in the text field at the top, and click onthe relevant search result that appears.
- Now, double-click on the Display adapters entry here.
- Right-click on the graphics adapter, and select Update driver from the context menu.
- Select Search automatically for drivers from the options that appear in the Update Drivers window.
- Wait for the system to find the best available driver and install it.
An outdated graphics driver is another likely issue behind pinned apps not showing in Windows 11. So, it’s best that you update the graphics driver and verify if the error is eliminated.
Also, you can try other ways to update the driver, in case the Device Manager method does not work.
If that sounds like too much trouble, using a reliable third-party app could help. We recommend DriverFix, a dedicated tool that automatically scans for any available updates and installs them for the drivers on your computer, thus keeping them all up-to-date.
3. Delete icon cache file
- Press Windows + E to launch File Explorer, paste the following path in the address bar, and hit Enter. Just make sure to replace Username with the actual user account in your case.
- Now, click on the View menu, hover the cursor over Show, and select Hidden items from the flyout menu.
- Select the IconCache.db file, and hit the Del key.
- Restart the computer for the changes to fully come into effect.
The IconCache.db has a copy of every app icon, and when required, Windows directly retrieves it from here instead of going through the app files. Once you delete the cache file and restart the computer, it will be recreated which will remove any corruption.
4. Reconfigure Local Group Policy Editor
- Press Windows + R to launch the Run command, enter gpedit.msc in the text field, and click on OK to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Next, click on Administrative Templates under User Configuration, double-click on Start Menu and Taskbar, and then double-click on the Remove pinned programs from the Taskbar policy on the right.
- Set it to Not Configured, and click on OK at the bottom to save the changes.
- Restart the computer for the changes to apply.
That’s it, the pinned apps or icons not showing in Windows 11 error should now be fixed, and you can easily access your favorite apps with a click.
Also, several users have faced the taskbar apps disappearing error in Windows 10, so if you have another PC running the previous iteration, the linked guide will help you fix it.
Do not hesitate to tell us which solution worked for you in the comments section below.