How to Backup, Restore or Reset Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10?

If you want to quickly access the Control Panel, This PC, Network, User Profile, and Recycle Bin, you can add Desktop Toolbar to Windows Taskbar. But, if you are planning to reinstall Windows 10 and want to take the backup of Taskbar Toolbars to restore it later, or if you wish to reset taskbar toolbars to the default settings, Windows 10 does not allow you to do so with the default settings. However, resetting of Taskbar Toolbars or backup and restore of Taskbar Toolbars is possible using Registry Editor.

If, for any reason, toolbars are removed, you have to add and rearrange them again from the beginning. If you wish to take a backup or reset the Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10, this post will help you do the same.

In this post, we will guide you on the following topics:-

  1. Backup Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10
  2. Restore Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10
  3. Reset Taskbar Toolbars to defaults in Windows 10

How to backup Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10?

As said above, by default Windows 10 does not offer an option to take a backup of Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10. To take the backup of Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10, we need to take the help of Windows Registry Editor. Before proceeding with registry editing, we recommend taking full back of registry and also create a system restore point.

Perform the following steps to backup Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10:-

Step 1. Press and hold the Windows logo key, then press the R key to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Type the following and press Enter from the keyboard to open the Registry Editor window:-

regedit

Step 3. Navigate or steer to the following key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop
Step 4. Right-click on the Desktop key and select the Export option.
Step 5. Select the desired location and enter a file name, then click on the Save button.
Once you complete the above steps, Taskbar Toolbars backup will be stored in your computer in .reg format.

How to restore Taskbar Toolbars in Windows 10?

Step 1. Once you have stored a backup of Taskbar Toolbars in your computer hard disk and want to restore it, right-click on the .reg file and select the Merge option. If UAC prompts, click Yes.
Step 2. A confirmation dialog box will open; click Yes.
Step 3. Restart the computer to see the new Taskbar Toolbars, which you have restored.

How to reset Taskbar Toolbars to defaults in Windows 10?

If your Taskbar Toolbars cluttered and you want to reset to defaults in Windows 10, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Press the Windows logo + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Type regedit and press Enter from the keyboard to open the Registry Editor window:-

regedit

Step 3. Navigate to the following key:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Streams\Desktop
Step 4. On the Desktop key’s right side, right-click the value named TaskbarWinXP and select Delete.

Step 5. Restart your computer now to reset the Taskbar Toolbars to defaults.

Once you complete the above steps, your PC Taskbar Toolbars will reset to defaults.

That’s all!!!

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