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How to Reset and Clear All Pinned Apps on Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to reset and remove all of your currently pinned apps (programs) on the taskbar in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

This can be helpful if you are unable to "Unpin this program from taskbar", or just wish to quickly clear all pinned apps from the taskbar.

This only includes resetting and removing all of your pinned apps on the taskbar. These will be desktop apps and not Store apps since Store apps cannot be pinned to the taskbar.

The Windows 8.1 Update to be released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, adds the ability to pin modern apps to the taskbar. This tutorial will now clear pinned modern apps as well.

This does not include taskbar toolbars or Jump Lists.

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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 Apps on the Taskbar in Windows 8

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Here's How:

Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.



If prompted, click/tap 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 apps on your taskbar will now be reset and cleared.

That's it,