Customize, And Show/Hide Icons From The System Tray In Windows 10

Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 8/8.1 but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any growing pains as you get used to this new operating system. Quite a few things have been moved around, some things are where they used to be in Windows 7 but it’s just harder to find them. The system tray for example used to have a customize option that opened the relevant Control Panel setting screen that would allow you to select whether an icon should appear in the tray and in which cases it should be visible. That useful little customize option is no longer there. Here’s how you can select which icons appear in the system tray in Windows 10.

There’s two ways to do this. The first and most familiar one is to open the Taskbar properties window. Right-click the Taskbar and select Properties.

taskbar properties

Click the ‘Customize’ button next to the Notification Area field and it will bring up the following window that you’re already familiar with. Alternatively, you can go to Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNotification Area Icons.

customize_icons

The alternative method is to launch the Settings app from the Notification Center. Go to System>Notifications and actions and under the Notifications section, click ‘Select which icons appear on the taskbar’.

notification center actions

You can turn them on/off here. Granted this doesn’t give you the same level of customization as the Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNotification Area Icons screen but it’s a faster way to manage them all at once, and you can also enable all icons to show by default.

taskbar_icons

What goes without saying here is that it needs a little refinement and some clean-up.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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