How to Back Up and Restore Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
A toolbar is a row, column, or block of buttons or icons representing tasks you can do within a program. Some toolbars can appear on the taskbar. Such as folders as "New toolbars", and the default Address, Links, Touch Keyboard, and Desktop toolbars.

This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore all of your taskbar toolbars automatically with one click in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

This can be handy if you do not want to have to manually add or create your current toolbars on the taskbar again say after a clean install of Windows 8.

Note   Note
By default, your user account's taskbar toolbars are saved in the registry location below. This is what this tutorial will be backing up and restoring for you automatically using a BAT file.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop


EXAMPLE: Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 7
NOTE: You can right click or press and hold on the taskbar and click/tap on Toolbars tosee the available default taskbar toolbars. As an example, the Recycle Bin was added as a "New toolbar" on my taskbar.

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OPTION ONE
To Back Up All Current Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 8

1.
Click/tap on the Download buttom below to download the .bat file below, then run it.

Backup-Taskbar_Toolbars.bat



download

2.
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. You will now have a Taskbar-Toolbars-Backup folder on your desktop that is the backup of your taskbar toolbars.

5. Move this folder to where you like for safe keeping.
NOTE: Do not rename this folder since it must remain the exact same name to be able to use it in OPTION TWO below to restore your taskbar toolbars with.

6. If you like, you might also would like to back up your pinned apps on taskbar and back up your Jump Lists as well in Windows 8.





OPTION TWO
To Restore Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 8

1.
If you have not already, make sure that any items and/or folders that were added to the taskbar as a "New toolbar" when the backup was created in OPTION ONE are still at the same location for them to still work after restoring it's toolbar.
NOTE: You will not need to do this step for any of the default taskbar toolbars included in Windows 8.

2. Move or copy the Taskbar-Toolbars-Backup folder created from OPTION ONE above to your desktop.

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

Restore-Taskbar_Toolbars.bat



download

4.
If prompted, click/tap on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

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

6. Your backed up taskbar toolbars have now been restored.

7. If you like, you might also would like to restore your apps pinned on taskbar and restore your Jump Lists as well in Windows 8.


That's it,
Shawn