How to Reset and Clear 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 reset and remove all toolbars on your taskbar in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

This can be helpful if you are unable to remove a taskbar toolbar, or you just wish to quickly remove all toolbars on the taskbar.

This only includes resetting and removing all of your taskbar toolbars, and not pinned apps on taskbar or Jump Lists.

Note   Note
By default, your user account's taskbar toolbars are saved in the registry location below. This is what this tutorial will be deleting to reset and remove all taskbar toolbars 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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Here's How:

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

Reset_Clear-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. All toolbars on your taskbar will now be reset and cleared.


That's it,
Shawn