Always Show All Tray Icons in Windows 10


In Windows 10, many classic Control Panel options were moved to the Settings app. Options related to the taskbar were moved there as well. This is the case since at least build 14271, which is part of Windows 10 "Anniversary Update" (Redstone 1) branch. Let's see how to make Windows 10 always show all tray icons on the taskbar using Settings.

But default, Windows 10 hides new icons in a special tray in order to keep the taskbar clean. All the new icons are hidden in a panel which can be opened by clicking on the up arrow icon as shown below.

If you have a wide screen or small number of icons, it will be useful to have them visible all the time.

There is a special option to make them visible. There are two methods to enable them.

To always show all tray icons in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization - Taskbar.
  3. On the right, click on the link "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" under Notification area.
  4. On the next page, enable the option "Always show all icons in the notification area".

Tip: If you do not like using the Settings app, there still exists the ability to open the classic Notification Area Icons dialog. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog and type the following in the Run box:


Press the Enter key. The next window will be familiar to many users:

There, tick the option "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar".

See the following article for reference: How to access classic notification area (tray icon) options in Windows 10.

Finally, it is possible to apply a Registry tweak to make all tray icons visible all the time. Here is how.

  1. Open Registry Editor (see how).
  2. Navigate to the following Registry key:

    Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, create or modify the 32-bit DWORD value named EnableAutoTray.

    Set it to 0 to show all notification area icons on the taskbar.
    A value data of 1 will hide new icons (this is by default).
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Always Show All Tray Icons in Windows 10”

  1. I followed these suggestions and every reboot several icons are missing from the tray, then I force a simple restart of windows explorer from task manager, then all icons appear again, until next reboot. I’ve got a feeling Kaspersky AV doesn’t play fair with WinPatrol icon, BlueTooth Icon, and system volume control icon. Up until last week I had to always reboot twice in order for Windows 10 x64 to recognize my dual monitor. Un F’ing real! I hope the rocket to Mars doesn’t use any computer systems from the planet Earth.

  2. Настройки иконок области уведомлений периодически сбрасывается… Хотелось бы узнать, где они хранятся в реестре, чтобы проще восстанавливать из .reg-файла. Не подскажете? (Найденные в Инете советы для Windows 7 не актуальны.)

  3. i tried the first sugestion. show all icons was already on.
    i turned them off—————-no change
    turned them back on——–everything started working right

    thanks for the guidance to get to the right place

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