What to know
- To recover the missing OneDrive icon in the taskbar, click on the system tray arrow and look for it there, or enable OneDrive from Taskbar settings > Other system tray icons.
Ctrl+Shift+Escto open the Task Manager, select OneDrive and click on End Task. Then search for OneDrive from the Start menu and restart it
- To recover the missing OneDrive icon in File Explorer, click on OneDrive icon > Settings > Account > Unlink this PC. Then open OneDrive again and sign in to your account.
- Uninstall OneDrive from Settings > Apps > Installed Apps > OneDrive > Uninstall. Then download OneDrive from Microsoft’s website and install it again.
OneDrive’s integration into Windows 11 is a boon for users who like to work on their files without worrying about whether they’re backed up to the cloud or not. As long as OneDrive is connected to your PC, you can rest assured that your files will be accessible to you anytime you want.
But if the OneDrive icon itself goes missing from its resting place, that can be a cause for concern. In the following guide, we go through all the possible fixes to bring back the missing OneDrive icon, be it in the Taskbar or the File Explorer.
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Case 1: OneDrive icon missing from the Taskbar
When everything is going well, you will see OneDrive’s cloud icon in the taskbar.
If it doesn’t appear here, use the fixes given below to get it back.
Fix #1: Check the System Tray
The system tray is where your OneDrive icon should be. If it’s not, it’s possible that it is relegated to the hidden taskbar icons.
Click on the up arrow to the right of the taskbar.
And check if your OneDrive icon appears here.
Fix #2: Enable Microsoft OneDrive from Taskbar Settings
To get the OneDrive icon to appear in the taskbar icon, right-click on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
Scroll down and click on Other system tray icons.
Here, find and enable Microsoft OneDrive.
Your OneDrive icon will return to the system tray.
Fix #3: Restart OneDrive
Another quick fix that can bring back the OneDrive icon is to restart OneDrive. Firstly, quit OneDrive by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.
Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
Then search for OneDrive.
Select Microsoft OneDrive and click on End task at the top.
Now, to get it running again, press Start, type OneDrive, and select the best match.
Alternatively, run OneDrive.exe from
C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive.
Fix #4: Make sure OneDrive is set up on your PC
If you don’t remember setting up OneDrive on your computer, especially if you recently re-installed Windows, it’s quite possible that this is why you are not seeing the OneDrive icon. However, this can be fixed with ease.
Win+I and open the Settings app. Select System on the left, and on the right, click on OneDrive.
Log in to your Microsoft account, follow the on-screen instructions, and set up OneDrive and manage file and folder backup.
Apart from the solutions mentioned above, you may also benefit from the fix #7 given below which can reset OneDrive and bring all its features back into operation in the taskbar as well as the File Explorer.
Case 2: OneDrive icon missing from File Explorer
The File Explorer’s side panel is another location where you should see your OneDrive Personal icon.
If the icon doesn’t appear in File Explorer, use the following solutions to get it back.
Fix #5: Modify OneDrive’s Registry Value
Press Start, type Registry Editor, and click on Run as administrator.
In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following address:
Alternatively, copy the above and paste it into the registry editor’s address bar.
On the right, double-click on System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree.
Make sure the value data is set to 1.
You should now see the OneDrive icon in the File Explorer’s side panel.
If the previous solutions bear no fruit, you can soft reset OneDrive on your PC and get back its icon in the File Explorer. To do so, click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar.
Click on the gear icon in the top right corner.
In the OneDrive Settings window, select Account on the left.
Click on Unlink this PC.
Select Unlink account.
Choose any reason and select Submit.
Once your PC is unlinked, press Start, type OneDrive, and open it.
Alternatively, open the Windows Settings app (
Win+I), select System from the left panel, and click on OneDrive on the right.
Now, sign in to your Microsoft account again.
Then follow the on-screen instructions and set up OneDrive. Once done, make sure to restart your PC for the changes to reflect.
Fix #7: Reinstall OneDrive
When all else fails, a complete reinstallation of OneDrive is in order. Follow the steps given below to uninstall and reinstall OneDrive:
Open the Settings app by pressing
Win+I and click on Apps on the left.
Select Installed apps on the right.
Find Microsoft OneDrive and click on the three-dots next to it.
Microsoft OneDrive will be removed in a few seconds. Afterward, use the link below to download and install OneDrive.
- OneDrive – Download Link
Click on Download.
Then run the downloaded setup file.
Wait for OneDrive to install.
You should see the OneDrive icon appear in the taskbar.
As well as in the File Explorer.
Click on either one of these icons to sign in to your Microsoft account and set up OneDrive as usual.
Once done, all of OneDrive’s functions and icons will appear where they ought to.
Case 3: OneDrive Personal Vault icon broken
Another issue that sometimes plagues OneDrive is its broken Personal Vault icon that fails to open the folder as it should.
Use the fix below if the Personal Vault icon within the OneDrive folder is broken.
Fix #8: Delete and regenerate the icon automatically
Fortunately, the issue of a broken Personal Vault icon can be fixed quite easily. All you need to do is to delete the Personal Vault file.
Then refresh the folder.
The Personal Vault icon will return automatically.
Let’s take a look at a few commonly asked questions about fixing the missing OneDrive icon on Windows 11.
Why is there no OneDrive icon in the notification area on Windows 11?
If you’re not seeing the OneDrive icon in the notification area or the system tray, it is most likely hiding in the system tray’s hidden icons. Enable OneDrive from ‘Taskbar settings’ > Other system tray icons to redress that.
How do I fix OneDrive on Windows 11?
There are a number of things that can go wrong with OneDrive. If you’re not able to see the OneDrive icon, refer to the fixes given above. For general issues, do a soft reset by re-linking OneDrive to the PC or reinstalling it.
When working properly OneDrive affords peace of mind while working on your computer. However, a missing OneDrive icon can disrupt the flow of work. Fortunately, the solutions given above can easily fix this issue and we hope this guide helped you with the same. Until next time!
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