You can reset taskbar corner overflow icons (notification area or tray icons) in Windows 11 if they look messed up or broken. Windows 11 taskbar includes a notification corner at the right edge.
Sometimes, the notification corner area suffers the corrupted icon cache issue. Due to this, you may see incorrect or distorted icons, and even "ghost" related to not running or uninstalled apps in the Settings app, under the Taskbar corner overflow section.
To fix this annoyance, you need to reset the notification icons data in the Registry to automatically recreate it. In this post, we will see how to reset the notification icons cache for the taskbar corner and fix the misbehaving taskbar on Windows 11.
Reset Taskbar Corner Overflow Icons in Windows 11 (Tray Icons)
- Close all the running apps, including open File Explorer windows.
- Press Win + R and type
regeditinto the Run box to open the Registry editor.
- Expand open the left pane to the
- Leave the Registry editor app running, and press Win + R again to open the Run dialog.
taskkill /im explorer.exe /fand hit Enter. The taskbar and desktop will disappear.
- Under the TrayNotify key, delete two binary values, IconStreams and PastIconStreams.
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc and start
explorer.exefrom the Task Manager (File > Run new task) to restore the taskbar and desktop.
- Restart Windows 11.
You are done.
The two REG_BINARY values you just removed, IconStreams and PastIconStreams, are the values where Windows 11 stores the icon data for the apps you see running in the notification corner of the taskbar.
Perhaps you find the above method not convenient. So here is a batch file to automate this process.
Reset Notification Corner Icon Cache with Batch File
Download this ZIP archive and extract its contents to any folder. You can simply put it on the Desktop.
Before clicking on the
reset notification corner icon cache.cmd file, keep in mind that it will force close File Explorer and then restart your PC without a confirmation. Please save all your working before running it.
Now, double-click the
reset notification corner icon cache.cmd file. It will reset the icon cache for the notification area in Windows 11 taskbar, and then restart your PC automatically.
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