Awful windows store taskbar icons


Does anybody know why windows store taskbar icons are different to those from the same apps downloaded from the web?

Whatsapp desktop and Tweeten for example when downloaded from the we b have much nicer icons than when downloaded from the store. Store app icons are really small and in a little square, its ugly and really irritating.

Does anybody know how to fix this, perhaps mehedi as developer of the tweeten app could comment as to why they are differnt?



Comments (15)

15 responses to “Awful windows store taskbar icons”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    Aren't the Store app developers the ones determining how these things look?

    • adamcorbally

      In reply to paul-thurrott: Maybe the effect looks very similar to a bug that used to appear in earlier builds of windows 10 that affected the wire frame icons for stock apps such as the mail app. Once you notice it its really annoying.

    • arunphilip

      In reply to paul-thurrott:

      It feels like it's an issue in how Windows extracts and displays the icon from the underlying resource, because the problem is specifically with the taskbar icon when the app isn't running.

      I've seen the same issue with the WhatsApp icon - the icon before launch is small and has a border, but once the app is launched, the icon shown in the taskbar is the larger icon that doesn't require a border/background to fill up the required size.

  2. xperiencewindows

    Are you able to provide screenshots?

  3. adamcorbally

    WhatsApp (windows store), WhatsApp (web download), Tweeten (windows store), Tweeten (web download)

  4. jimchamplin

    This has always been a problem. I filed feedback during the original beta cycle about the icons. Apparently Microsoft intends for them to be these asinine colored squares.

  5. ggolcher

    It's hideous, I have the same problem with WhatsApp Desktop from the Windows Store

  6. lwetzel

    I have one app, Pandora that has a tiny image in the square space on the taskbar. Can't tell you what it is and image of but it opens Pandora. SpeedTest Master also is tiny and indistinguishable.

  7. oliverpowell

    Hi Adam,

    I found one solution on Microsoft website for you but not sure that in your case it works or not.

    Someone has recommended to perform this - Checking for the app updates in the store app solved this for me on all but the mail app (open store>click your profile pic>click downloads>check for updates).

    I hope this helps!