Fix: Notification area (system tray) icons are messed up in Windows 10

After using Windows 10 for a while, and installing/uninstalling programs, you may end up with many unwanted icons showing up in Settings -> Taskbar. There is no way to remove these icons from the list; certain icons remain there even if you have already removed their app. Another issue which users commonly report with the notification area (system tray) is that System icons like Network, Sound, Power get turned off and the 'Behaviors' dropdown which allows turning them on is greyed out. Let us see how to fix these two problems - both issues have one solution.

How to access classic notification area (tray icon) options in Windows 10

In Windows 10, many classic Control Panel options were moved to the Settings app. Many readers are asking me constantly if it is possible to have the good old tray icons (notification area) interface from the classic Control Panel. By default, Windows 10 makes you use the Settings app to show or hide app icons from the tray or to customize system icons. If you are interested in using the classic tray icon options in Windows 10, here is what you can do.

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