Windows 10 System Tray: How to Show or Hide Icons

On the right side of your Windows 10 taskbar, you would find a panel that contains several icons of the startup apps or the current background running apps. This part of the taskbar is called Notification Area or, more commonly, the System Tray

The System Tray provides quick access to many Windows 10 system settings and also helps you to monitor the running apps. However, for some reason, if you want to hide or show the app icons from the system tray, you can do it easily without much trouble since it is more customizable in Windows 10, unlike the previous versions of Windows.

In this guide, we would discuss some quick methods to show or hide the app icon on the system tray or the notification area in Windows 10.

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Show or Hide Icons on Windows 10 System Tray

  1. Adjust System Tray Icons using Mouse
  2. Hide or Show Icons in the Notification Area from Settings
  3. Turn On or Off “Always show all icons in the notification area” in Registry Editor
  4. Enable or Disable “Always show all icons in the notification area” in Local Group Policy Editor
  5. Turn System Icons On or Off

Adjust System Tray Icons using Mouse

  1. On the rightmost side of the taskbar, open the hidden icons section by clicking on the up arrow. Show System Tray
  2. Drag and drop the icons that you want to display from the hidden icons section to the System Tray. 
  3. Similarly, drag and drop icons from the system tray to the hidden icons section that you want to hide. hide icons

Hide or Show Icons in the Notification Area from Settings

  1. Go to Settings -> Personalization.

  2. Select Taskbar from the left-panel.
    Taskbar settings

  3. Under the Notification area, click on Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
    notification area

  4. In the next window, you can toggle the switch to display all icons on the notification area or select the icons you want to hide or show.
    Select which icons to appear on the taskbar

  5. After adjusting the settings of your preference, close the Settings window.


Turn On or Off “Always show all icons in the notification area” in Registry Editor

  1. Open Run Command Window and type regedit to open the Registry editor.Regedit
  2. Type or copy & paste the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  3.  Look for EnableAutoTray and double click on it to modify. EnableAutoTray
  4. Set Value data as 0, to show all icons on the system tray or set it as 1, to display only those icons that you want on the system tray or the notification area. set value data
  5.  Close the editor
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Enable or Disable “Always show all icons in the notification area” in Local Group Policy Editor

  1. Open the Group Policy Editor from the Windows search. gpedit
  2. Go to User Configuration->Administrative Templates->Start Menu and TaskbarStart Menu and taskbar
  3. Double click on the Turn off notification area cleanup to modify it. Double Click to edit
  4. Click on “Enabled” to enable “Always show all icons in the notification area” or choose “Disabled” or “Not Configured” for disabling it. turn off notification area cleanup
  5. Click Apply & OK and close the editor.

Turn System Icons On or Off

  1. Go to Settings->Personalization->Taskbar
  2. Under the Notification area, click on Turn system icons on or off.Turn system icons on or off
  3. From the list, select the system icons to Show or Hide in the icons tray.From the list choose icons to show or hide
  4. Close the settings windows after adjusting the settings.

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Final Words

That is it. These are the top possible methods to show or hide icons in Windows 10 System Tray. Except for Group Policy Editor, rest methods are applicable to all Windows 10 versions. Group Policy Editor is not available for Windows 10 Home users.

1. Where is the system tray icon?

In Windows 10 system tray icon is available at the right side of the taskbar, where the clock and other system icons are present.

2. What is the Keyboard shortcut to select the system tray?

To select the system tray from the keyboard, press Windows icon + B and hit the Enter key. Use the arrow keys to navigate through the apps.

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