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Restore a 'Missing' icon to your Windows 7 taskbar

If one of your taskbar icons suddenly disappears, it's easy to get it back

Reader Jim wrote in with this problem: "Somehow I've lost the icon for Internet Explorer in my Taskbar and can't figure out how to restore it. Might sound dumb, but I've spent hours with no results."

Doesn't sound dumb at all, Jim. As my dad likes to say, "Everything is easy if you know how." And if you don't know how to fix this particular hassle, well, nothing easy about it!

That said, you earn one demerit for not telling me which version of Windows you're running. So I'm going to assume it's Windows 7; apologies to you and other readers if it's not.

To restore Internet Explorer to the Taskbar, all you need to do is find an icon for it. Any icon, anywhere in Windows. Here's one easy approach:

1. Click Start.

2. Type Internet.

3. When Internet Explorer appears in the menu, right-click it.

4. Click Pin to Taskbar.

Presto: There's your Internet Explorer icon! Needless to say, this method works for any program you want to pin down there. And if you want to remove it, just right-click its Taskbar icon and choose Unpin this program from taskbar.

If memory serves, XP and Vista lack that context-menu "pinning" option, but you can just as easily drag an Internet Explorer icon from the Start or All Programs menu to the Taskbar. (If I'm remembering incorrectly, readers, let me know!)

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.

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