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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:

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LayoutModificationTemplate
xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/LayoutModification"
xmlns:defaultlayout="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/FullDefaultLayout"
xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout"
xmlns:taskbar="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/TaskbarLayout"
Version="1">
    <CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection>
        <defaultlayout:TaskbarLayout>
            <taskbar:TaskbarPinList>
              <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"/>
           </taskbar:TaskbarPinList>
        </defaultlayout:TaskbarLayout>
    </CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection>
</LayoutModificationTemplate>

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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.

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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.

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Removing Windows Store icon via group policy.

The result

Here is the default taskbar:

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And here is after applying the group policies:

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Written by Johan Arwidmark








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