How to remove Internet Explorer from taskbar

Internet explorer keeps coming back on the taskbar after a reboot. This happens both in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Unpinning it doesn’t help, the internet explorer icon pins itself again.

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Solution: Permanently remove Internet Explorer from taskbar

Open the following file

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\LayoutModification.xml

Locate the tag <taskbar:TaskbarPinList> and remove the internet explorer link.

<taskbar:TaskbarPinList>
    <taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Internet Explorer.lnk" />
</taskbar:TaskbarPinList>

Restart your PC and look how the internet explorer link has gone away from your taskbar.