Guide to Fix Duplicate/Double Firefox Icon in Windows 10 Taskbar - August 14th, 20157:07 PM
11/14/15 Update: I basically consolidated my too hasty/excited updates into a new post here. It seems like this works as a fix!
Update: Apparently they have been working to fix this issue. Someone might want to try the new Insider build to see if it's, indeed, fixed.
"Certain apps won’t appear twice anymore when pinned to the taskbar."
Found this info from the ghacks forum.
Ok, so to depart from anything travel and/or photography related at all, I am going to talk about the super annoying duplicate Firefox icon issue I encountered in Windows 10. It's happened in other versions of Windows before, as my search found, but this is actually the first time I've come across it, on ALL THREE computers I installed Windows 10 on, I might add.
|Whenever Firefox is opened, the dreaded double icon shows up!|
Well, so why didn't I make a video about this? I hate video reviews/tutorials. They take way too long to go through. You can skim through a written one and go at your own lesuirely pace (or not). But without further ado, here are the steps to (hopefully) get rid of this duplicate icon:
First, just to be safe, open Firefox, go to Tools, options, and then tell Firefox to not check if it's the default browser.
|Make sure it's unchecked...|
Open up Settings. You should be able to just get the Start Menu to come up and type "Settings" to get to it.
|System is the first one icon, top left.|
Next, click on System and then select Default apps on the bottom right. Change the browser to something other than Firefox (I chose Edge).
|Remember, this CAN'T be Firefox or you'll get two icons again|
Now, make sure you unpin the Firefox icon from the taskbar. Just right click on it and unpin it. Sorry, no screenshot.
Go to Program Files (or Programs Files (x86), depending on which version of Windows and Firefox you installed) and find your Firefox folder. If you installed it somewhere else, well, go there. And here is more evidence showing MS deliberately doing this to Firefox. If you pin the icon back right now, you'll get the duplicate. What you need to do is rename the firefox folder to something different. The best luck I've had was "Fire fox," with a space between the two words. It's as if MS doesn't recognize it anymore and will no longer screw with the icon. Yes, it's ridiculous!
|I think you can rename it to something else, but this worked well for me.|
Finally, go into the newly renamed folder and pin firefox.exe back to the taskbar.
|Right click and pin it to the taskbar.|
|There can be only one!|
Side note: Yes, I tried a bunch of different methods I found by googling, including the ones that supposedly worked for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 None of them worked for me. Hopefully this works for you though! And I can't believe Microsoft would do this crap, still, in this day and age.
Edit: I guess it isn't just limited to web browsers. Found another "guide," but haven't tried the procedure out. But what's interesting is in the comments there, someone mentioned a really old post from 2011 (obviously to address this same issue in Windows 7) that tackles the problem at its root by basically making one shortcut that launches the program (the launcher) but shows the app id of the program when it's running. Again, I haven't tried it (don't want to mess with it and break even what I have now), and I don't know if it works in Windows 10. Maybe I'll try it out when I get bored enough. But I am not sure why this renaming thing would be a workaround then, if that is indeed the problem (launcher id vs. the actual app id).