Customize Taskbar – Show or Hide Notification Area Icons Windows 10 or 11

Do you want to show the notification area icons Windows 10 or 11? Hide or Show all the icons, if you want!

Some default icons are displayed in this area. You can also hide system tray icons Windows 10 with ease.

It will resize notification area Windows 11 or 10.

It includes Windows Security, OneDrive, Battery status, Wi-Fi and many others. Others are hidden in the up arrow. To open other apps you need to click two times.

One time you need to click the up arrow and another the app.

Why to Show All Icons?

This is time-consuming and also the status of apps are not visible in the notification area.

Instead if you would like to see all the apps in the system tray, you need to make a few changes to settings.

You can also decide which apps are visible in the Taskbar and which are hidden.

Windows Notification area is cluttered with Chrome, Edge, Word and many others.

This way you have the choice to see only the important apps.

Personally, I would like to see all the apps if they are few.

In this tutorial, we shall see how to view icons in Notification area Windows 10 and 11.

How to show Hidden Icons on Taskbar Windows 11

Just like in Windows 10, you can show all system tray icons in Windows 11.

But the interface is a little different. You can make use of the Taskbar settings.

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and click on Taskbar Settings.
  2. It will open the Personalization > Taskbar window in Windows 11 Settings app.
  3. Scroll through to see Taskbar corner overflow.
  4. Decide which icons appear in the taskbar corner and others appear in the taskbar corner overflow menu.
  5. Click the arrow icon to see the list of icons.
  6. Turn ON or OFF to make the icons visible in the notification area in Windows 11 Taskbar.
This YouTube video will show the steps to show/hide notification area icons in Windows 11 Taskbar.

Set Hidden Icons on Taskbar Windows 10 – ON/OFF

The hidden icons Windows 10 can be made visible using this tip.

  1. Right-click the Taskbar and click on Taskbar Settings.
  2. Settings > Personalization > Taskbar is another way.
  3. Scroll through on the right-hand side to see the Notification area.
  4. Two settings are visible.
    1. Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
    2. Turn system icons on or off.
This YouTube tutorial will show all the steps to hide notification area icons in Windows 10. You can also make all icons visible in the System Tray.

Show Hidden Icons

  1. Apps which you can view in the Notification area are visible in the first option.
  2. Turn the option to ON to see in the Taskbar.
  3. Turn it to OFF to see in the up arrow icon items.

You can always make sure to show hidden icons on Taskbar Windows 10 using this procedure.

How to hide Notification Area Icons Windows 10

Move the slider to OFF option. This will hide the notification area icons which are visible in the Taskbar. To make them visible again, you just have to turn it ON again.

If your Windows 10 notification area icons missing, try to turn ON for one of the apps and check it.

This way you can conveniently see all the required program icons in the notification area. Otherwise, you can hide the unnecessary ones.

FAQ – Notification Area Icons Windows 10

How do I add icons to the notification area in Windows 10?

You can add and hide the taskbar icons by changing the personalization settings in Windows 10. Toggle the switch ON/OFF for each app icon. This makes the notifications area icons visible. To hide them turn the switch OFF.

What do the icons in the notification area represent?

The system icons and app icons represent the different programs. You can see the status, notifications and settings for each app. You can easily navigate through the different options available for each app by right-clicking it.

What icon is visible in the notification area?

The Windows Security Center, One Drive, Network, Speaker icons are the most general icons visible in the notification area. The other icons are hidden in the up arrow area. To make them visible you need to change the personalization settings.

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