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How to Reset Taskbar Corner Overflow Icons in Windows 11

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.

Windows 11 Taskbar Notification Corner

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)

  1. Close all the running apps, including open File Explorer windows.
  2. Press Win + R and type regedit into the Run box to open the Registry editor.
  3. Expand open the left pane to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify key.
  4. Leave the Registry editor app running, and press Win + R again to open the Run dialog.
  5. Type taskkill /im explorer.exe /f and hit Enter. The taskbar and desktop will disappear.
  6. Under the TrayNotify key, delete two binary values, IconStreams and PastIconStreams.
  7. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc and start explorer.exe from the Task Manager (File > Run new task) to restore the taskbar and desktop.
  8. 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.

That's it.

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9 thoughts on “How to Reset Taskbar Corner Overflow Icons in Windows 11

    1. Stefano

      Yes, that’s because Microsoft changed the name where IconStreams and PastIconStreams keys are.

      Now it’s HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotSIB

      :)

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        You are WRONG.
        They values you mentioned are created by the StartIsBack software you have installed.

        Reply
  1. Jelle

    Hi Sergey,

    The ‘Reset Taskbar Tray Icon Cache’ button does more than only executing the batch file, right?
    Because this button fixes a few taskbar/search issues for me. Only problem is that I have to click this button every time I restart my Windows (win10). (Problem also returns when restarting explorer.exe)

    When I execute the batchfile instead of clicking the button, the issues are not solved.

    Could you please tell me what is also hidden in this specific button so I can create a startup script to fix this issue for good.

    Also, great job on the Win11 Winaero update, glad to have my old context menu back in explorer :)

    Reply
  2. Leonard Raphael

    My problem w Win 11 beta business slow and release versions on several pcs has always been that I can’t find the taskbar shortcuts that are pinned to the taskbar. The up arrow to the left of the tools shows some of the undisplayed pinned shortcuts but not others. I thought I had the shortcuts all selected for overflow.

    Is that a corruption of the registry that your edit will fix or am i misunderstanding where to find the overflowed shortcut icons?

    Len R

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