Show or Hide System Icons In Tray in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there are a number of system icons in the notification area on the taskbar (system tray). These icons include Volume, Network, Power, Input Indicator and Action Center. Most of them are visible by default. You might want to customize which icons should be visible in the taskbar.


By default, my operating system shows the following system icons in the notification area: Network, Sound, Action Center. See the screenshot below.

Windows 10 Always Show All Tray Icons

To hide or show some of them, you need to use the Settings app. It is a Metro app created to replace the Control Panel for both touch screens and classic Desktop users. It consists of several pages which bring new options to manage Windows 10 along with some older options inherited from the classic Control Panel. The required page is located under Personalization - Taskbar.

Before you proceed, please keep in mind that disabling a system icon removes the icon and turns off its notifications too.

To show or hide system icons from the tray in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Personalization - Taskbar.Taskbar Properties
  3. On the right, click on the link "Turn system icons on or off" under Notification area.Turn System Icons On Or Off
  4. On the next page, enable or disable the system icons you need to show or hide.Windows 10 Show Hide System Icons In Tray

You can close the Settings app now.

Tip: In Windows 10, there still exists the ability to open the classic Notification Area Icons dialog instead of Settings. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog and type the following in the Run box:


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

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

There, click the link "Turn system icons on or off" and you are done.


10 thoughts on “Show or Hide System Icons In Tray in Windows 10

  1. Alicia

    Don’t try this because it breaks start menu!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      How exactly it break the Start menu?
      Note: It is not a hack or a third-party tweak. This is the official feature of Windows 10.

      1. Alicia

        Never mind i got it fixed, it caused by 7+ Taskbar Tweaker

  2. Xavier

    the dragging of icons with the left mouse button still works to hide or restore – just drag chosen icon up or down.

  3. Digember

    This works great. We can access the taskbar settings by right click on the taskbar and then Taskbar settings. However great info.

  4. alex

    the shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9} thing doesn’t seem to work here, win 10 pro x64 1803 (unactivated).
    it can only show/hide all icons but doesn’t let adjust settings individually for each icon, it crashes.

    i need a software for this that works with most recent win10 versions.
    cant use windows settings either because these options are greyed out without activation.

  5. Lakshminarayana

    It’s Really working, Thanx for your support.
    But what is the meaning of this shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

  6. Maloco

    Is there a way to remove non-system icons from the taskbar, like you do with the system’s ones?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      you can only hide them to that tiny flyout behind the up arrow.

    2. Alejandro

      Just drag the icon out of the area


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