Pinned Apps Not Showing in Windows 11? Here Are the Top 5 Fixes

Sherry li
4 min readApr 3, 2022

Windows 11, the successor to Windows 10, is a newly released operating system provided by Microsoft. Windows 11 is based on Windows 11 but is different from Windows 10. To have a new experience, a huge number of Windows 10 users have upgraded to Windows 11 free.

Similar to Windows 10, Windows 11 allows users to pin apps and folders to the taskbar or Start menu, which enables them to run frequently used apps quickly. However, some users reported pinned apps not showing in Windows 11.

Why does the problem happen? How to solve it when you encounter the same issue? Don’t worry. Here are some fixes for you.

Fix 1: Restart File Explorer

File Explorer is a built-in file manager application on Windows 11. It not only offers a graphical user interface that can be used to access stored files but also presents many user interface items such as the taskbar and desktop. When you can’t pin apps to taskbar, you can try restarting File Explorer.

Step 2: Under the Processes tab, right-click Windows Explorer and select Restart.

You might need to wait for several seconds during the restart. Then you can try pinning your app again and it should appear on the taskbar. If you still can’t pin apps to taskbar, you should move on to the next fix.

Fix 2: Change Local Group Policy Settings

You can also fix pinned apps not showing in Windows 11 by changing the policy settings for the “Remove pinned programs from the Taskbar” item. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Press Win + S to open the Windows Search utility. Then search for Group Policy Editor and open it.

Step 2: In the left pane, select User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Step 3: In the right pane, scroll down and double-click Remove pinned programs from the Taskbar to configure it.

Step 4: On the following page, select Not Configured and click Apply > OK.

Step 5: Restart your Windows 11.

Then you can check whether the “pinned apps not showing in Windows 11” issue disappears.

Fix 3: Delete Corrupted Icon Cache File

Windows 11 has an IconCache.db file that stores a copy of every app icon. When it is needed, the operating system will retrieve the icon from this file quickly, instead of searching from the app installation folder. If the icon cache file is corrupted, you might encounter app icons not showing Windows 11.

Let’s see how to delete the file.

Step 2: Navigate to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local.

Step 3: Click View from the top toolbar. Then select Show > Hidden items to view hidden files.

Step 4: Delete the IconCache.db file.

Hope the above fixes can help you solve your problem. If you have more ideas, you can share them with us in the following comment zone.

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Position: Columnist

Sherry has been a staff editor of MiniTool for a year. She has received rigorous training about computer and digital data in company. Her articles focus on solutions to various problems that many Windows users might encounter and she is excellent at disk partitioning.

She has a wide range of hobbies, including listening to music, playing video games, roller skating, reading, and so on. By the way, she is patient and serious.

Originally published at on April 3, 2022.