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Removing Windows Store and Mail icon from the Windows 10 v1703 Taskbar

Apr 19 2017

Earlier today I got a question on how to remove the default Windows Store and Mail icons from the taskbar in Windows 10 v1703.

The answer is simply, use a  group policy.

Remove the Mail icon

Removing the Mail icon can be done by applying a custom taskbar XML file via group policy. Here is an example:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
              <taskbar:UWA AppUserModelID="Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge" />
              <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools\File Explorer.lnk" />
              <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Internet Explorer.lnk"/>


Then you configure the group policy, and it can be either a user policy or a computer policy. You find the Start Layout policy in the Policies / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar node. Here is an example when it’s configured for a computer.

Applying a custom taskbar via group policy.


Removing the Windows Store icon

To remove the Windows Store icon you set another group policy, it’s a user policy named Do not allow pinning Store app to the Taskbar which you find in the User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar node. Here is the configured policy.

Removing Windows Store icon via group policy.

The result

Here is the default taskbar:



And here is after applying the group policies:



Written by Johan Arwidmark

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