App Icons missing from Taskbar in Windows 10 Tablet Mode

Since Start menu is back in Windows 10 which in its own form not optimized for tablet users, Microsoft decided to include a toggle switch using which one can easily switch to Tablet Mode from the Action Center.

Action Center -Tablet Mode Toggle

Action Center -Tablet Mode Toggle

Tablet Mode optimizes Windows 10 to be touch-friendly by maximizing all dialog box sizes and makes the start menu to be full screen like in Windows 8.1. But when you switch into Tablet mode, you will find that the app icons on the taskbar is missing including Microsoft Edge, Explorer, Store, any apps that you placed, and open apps. Microsoft thinks that this app shortcuts are not optimal for touch and hence are hidden by default settings.


However if you are used to opening apps from taskbar, you will find it frustrating and you may want the apps back on taskbar in Tablet mode too.

Go to Action Center  and click on All settings. Select Tablet mode and toggle the switch Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode to Off.

Tablet mode Settings

Tablet mode Settings

You will immediately see the icons back on Taskbar. Enjoy!

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • TheMaTrIx

    You can also simply long press the taskbar and enable them on the fly. There’s other options there too, App Icons, Notification Icons, etc

    • Kiran Kumar

      Nice tip! Thanks for sharing it.