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    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Turn Taskbar Notification Area System Icons On or Off in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    24 Jan 2020
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    How to Turn Taskbar Notification Area System Icons On or Off in Windows 10


    System icons, including Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Input Indicator, Location, Action Center, Touch Keyboard, Windows Ink Workspace, Touchpad, and Microphone are located on the taskbar system tray (aka: notification area) by default. When you hover over these icons, you can see their status. You can right click on these icons to access specific options or settings for them.

    You can also change how the icons and notifications appear to hide or show them. You might turn off a system icon if either you or your computer manufacturer have installed a similar program. If you turn a system icon off, you can always turn it back on later.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18252, Microsoft added a microphone icon in the system tray which appears when your microphone is in use.

    Turning off a system icon removes the icon and turns off notifications for it.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off system icons on your taskbar notification area in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: System Icons on taskbar notification area

    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10-taskbar_system_icons.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2 Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and click/tap on the Turn system icons on or off link under the Notification area section on the right side. (see screenshots below)

    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10-system_icons_settings-1.png

    3 Turn on or off the system icons you want. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10-system_icons_settings-2.jpg

    4 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. USSWisconsin's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    OK. Thank You. That wasn't easy to find. And certainly not like the way yo do things in Windows XP (which I still use on all of my other pc's.)
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    You're most welcome. :)
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 & 10
       #3

    Brink said:
    You're most welcome. :)
    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could offer some guidance.

    I have installed the windows 10 upgrade on my laptop and have attempted to hide the "input indicator" system icon.

    This works fine until i reboot and the setting has been forgotten.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance,

    James
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello James, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    I haven't tested this yet, but you might see if turning off the language bar may help.

    Language Bar - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 & 10
       #5

    Thank you...


    Hi Brink,

    Thanks for that option, but the icon that I cannot hide is actually the Language setting.

    Currently the icon just shows "ENG".

    The icon can be hidden if I remove the german keyboard, but if there are two keyboards then i cannot hide it.

    Even if I have selected to hide the language bar.

    Can you add another language to confirm this?

    Hmmmm
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    Yep, it does the same for me. Turing off (hide) the language bar doesn't help.
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 & 10
       #7

    Fixed it!


    I've managed to fix the problem :)

    In order for windows 10 to obey the command to hide the language bar, one must first enable the check box "Use the desktop language bar when it's available".

    Once this is enabled, the fact the desktop bar is "hidden" means it disappears all together.

    These options appear to override whatever is chosen in the system icons options menu discussed in the original post.

    So to clarify, in order to remove the "ENG" icon. Three things must be true:

    1. Input Method system icon is set to OFF
    2. "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" check box must be ticked in the language preferences -> advanced settings screen.
    3. Language bar must be set to HIDDEN in the options menu for the above tick box.

    Thank you for nudging me in the right direction.

    James
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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       #8

    Perfect.
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  9. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    power system notification icon


    I have a desktop and I would like to enable the power option system notification icon, but it is grayed out (I'm assuming because I have a desktop without a UPS power supply).
    Turn On or Off System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10-win10-desktop-power-notification-greyed.png
    I need to get to the power plan options because I switch power plans to high performance when I use DAWs. Right now I just search for "power" in the start menu and it gets me to "choose a power plan" pretty quickly, so it's not the end of the world if I can't get it in the notification area, but it would be nice.

    I also saw this, which is interesting, but it's a little overkill to always have it in the context menu... Power Plan - Choose from Desktop Context Menu in Windows

    Does anyone know how to enable the power system notification icon on windows 10?
    Last edited by qcksilver; 14 Aug 2015 at 00:35. Reason: clarity
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