Reset Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Items, Toolbars & Jump Lists

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Continuing the BAT scripts tuts, in this post I will show you quick ways to reset the Windows 7 taskbar to its default state – removing all pinned items, toolbars, and clear all programs’ Jump lists. You can manually delete single items from each section by selecting them so I won’t go into that here. To bulk delete and reset, continue reading.

Remove Pinned Taskbar Items

When you pin an application or shortcut to the Windows 7 taskbar, it is saved in C:\Users\{user-name}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar and along with it a registry entry is made at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband.

Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Apps
Windows 7 Taskbar Pinned Apps

This batch script will delete entries from both locations and remove all pinned icons in a jiffy:

DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*"
REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband /F
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Copy-paste the code to Notepad and save it as .bat script, or download the ready-made script below:

Download: Reset Windows 7 Pinned Apps

Remove All Programs’ Jump List Items

Windows 7 Taskbar Jump List Toolbar
Windows 7 Taskbar Jump List and Toolbar

Script to reset all programs’ Jump List is similar to the above one. We just have to change path to the jump list locations.

del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*
del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\*
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Download: Reset Windows 7 Programs Jump Lists

Remove All Windows 7 Taskbar Toolbars

Taskbar toolbar includes folder toolbars and program toolbars like the one added by battery monitors, media players and as such. Most users may not have more than 2-3 taskbar toolbars, but still if you want a one click reset option, use the following script.

REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop /F
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

Download: Reset Windows 7 Taskbar Toolbars
And finally, here’s the AIO taskbar reset script to reset the whole Windows 7 taskbar.

Download: Reset Windows 7 Taskbar