Windows 10 comes with many pre-installed applications. Some of these apps are extensively used by the users while others are considered a nuisance. Microsoft Store app, unfortunately, falls into the second category. Even though Microsoft Store app comes with a myriad of apps, e-books, games, movies, and TV shows that the Windows 10 users can get for free or premium basis, it is still considered extremely annoying by many of the users.
Unfortunately, Microsoft Store app is being marketed in the same way Apple marketed U2 album. Microsoft has pinned the Store app on the taskbar of all the devices whether PCs or tablets in the similar manner in which iTunes had the whole U2 album pre-downloaded. People do not like it when companies try to shove their products down their throats. Apart from the general annoying factor, the Store app also greatly reduces employee productivity thanks to the many distraction-prone applications that can be downloaded with it.
This is why we have created this tutorial that will help you in removing the Microsoft Store Icon from your taskbar in Windows 10. It will help you go through the whole process step by step so that you can get rid of the annoying pinned Store app forever.
Removal of the Microsoft Store App Icon from Taskbar
Step 1: In order to remove any application, sign in as an administrator on your PC or tablet.
Step 2: A group policy needs to be set up for removal of Windows Store icon in Windows 10 i.e. user policy with the name ‘Do Not Allow Pinning Store App to the Taskbar’ to enabled in. To set up this policy you need to access ‘Local Group Policy Editor’.
To access the Local Group Policy Editor, follow the instructions given below:
- Click on Start Menu and type ‘Run’. A prompt will open.
- Type ‘gpedit.msc’ and select ‘Ok’.
Note: gpedit.msc is not available on Windows 10 Home Edition
Step 3: Next, click on ‘User Configuration’, present in the left-pane of Local Group Policy Editor, to expand it. You will see a folder with ‘Administrative Templates’ label. Click on it to further expand and find the folder named ‘Start Menu and Taskbar’.
Step 4: Double-click on ‘Start Menu and Taskbar’, you will see the policies in the right-pane. Here, double-click on ‘Do Not Allow Pinning Store App to the Taskbar’ policy in order to edit it.
Step 5: A window will open with three options for the policy i.e. Not Configured, Enabled and Disabled. Not configured is the default value. To remove the icon, select the radio button next to ‘Enabled’ option.
Step 6: Click on ‘Ok’ to close the window and exit the Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 7: Now, if your Store icon has not been removed after applying group policies then go to the taskbar. Right-click on the icon. A menu will open. Select ‘Unpin from taskbar’ option.
Bonus Step: Unpin Microsoft Store app icon from the Start Menu as well by clicking on the Start Menu. Right click on the Microsoft Store icon and select ‘Unpin from Start’ option in the menu.
So, these were the steps that can help in removal of Windows Store icon. If you found this tutorial helpful then do let us know in the comments below.