Windows 10 Pro Microsoft Edge icon missing from taskbar

The Microsoft Edge icon has gone missing from my taskbar. I can set Edge as the default browser and it will open when linked to a browser item in an email, so the program is installed on the computer. When I open it through a link from an email, I can use it; however, if I minimize it, it does not go to the taskbar and does not show up when cycling through open apps with Alt-Tab, nor does it show as an app choice when clicking on the 'Task View' icon next to Cortana in the taskbar. It just vanishes again. I can find the executable in the C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsft.MicrosoftEdge_Bwekyb3d8bbwe\ directory (the executable is MicrosoftEdge.exe), but when I double-click on it, nothing happens - it does not open. Also, Microsoft Edge is not listed in the start button/All Apps listing.

I had a similar problem with the Microsoft Store icon, which also vanished from the taskbar. However, I was able to use the following PowerShell command I found through an Internet search to get it back:

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

Is there a similar PowerShell command that will bring back the Microsoft Edge icon to the taskbar and/or bring it back to the All Apps listing when clicking on the start button?

Thanks for your help!

Glenn Stearns
Glenn StearnsAnalystAsked:
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
can't you just run it and right click and choose pin to taskbar?
Glenn StearnsAnalystAuthor Commented:
The problem is that the .exe file will not run which clicked on from inside the referenced directory. Double-clicking on it does not open Edge, so pinning it to the task bar yields the same result - nothing happens when it is clicked on in the task bar, either. It's like the program executable is there in the directory but does not work when clicked on.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
It must work somehow, otherwise it wouldn't run when launched from somewhere else.  Have you done a search for the executable?  I did a quick search on one of my Windows 10 machines and found at least 3 instances of that executable.  



Glenn StearnsAnalystAuthor Commented:
I think I've solved the issue. I created a PowerShell command (trial and error!) following the format of the one for the Microsoft Store (which worked for putting the store icon back on the task bar properly).

Here is the command I used (run as administrator in command prompt window):

PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command "& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}"

When I ran this command, the system put Edge back into the All Apps listing from the start button. From there, I right-clicked on it and 'Pin to Taskbar'. It is there now and does start Edge when clicked on. I have re-booted the system and the icon stayed in the task bar and still works - so, hopefully, this resolved the issue. Now, I have both the Microsoft Store icon and the Edge icon in the task bar and functioning fine.

Still very uncertain what caused them to disappear in the first place. They were both there when I did the initial upgrade from 8.1 to 10, but vanished a few re-boots later. Anyway, they're back now, so hopefully this will help any others on here who might experience this kind of behavior with these two icons in Windows 10.

Thanks for the suggestions, experts! I appreciate it very much!


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Glenn StearnsAnalystAuthor Commented:
I did some more trial-and-error work with the PowerShell command and finally reached a command structure that worked to resolve this issue.

Thanks to those who responded! I appreciate your help very much!
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