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.

Tablet Mode Icons

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

Windows 10 Always Show All Tray Icons

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.Taskbar Properties
  3. On the right, click on the link "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" under Notification area.Taskbar Properties Tray Icons Link
  4. On the next page, enable the option "Always show all icons in the notification area".Windows 10 Always Show Tray Icons

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:

shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

Windows 10 run old notification icons dialog
Press the Enter key. The next window will be familiar to many users:
Windows 10 old notification icons dialog
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:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    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.
    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.

2 thoughts on “Always Show All Tray Icons in Windows 10

  1. Bert

    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.

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  2. GC

    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.)

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