How to Show or Hide Icons in the Windows 10 System Tray

The Windows 10 System Tray consists of two parts: a section of icons that are always visible and a section of icons that you only see when you click the expanded system tray button. If an icon is hidden in the expanded System Tray, all you have to do to show it is drag it from the expanded tray to the standard tray.

Here’s how to show hidden icons in the Windows 10 System Tray:

Click the ^ icon that’s located to the left of the System Tray icons to open the expanded tray.

The ^ icon highlighted in the System Tray.

Click and hold an icon from the expanded System Tray.

Clicking and holding a System Tray icon.
Drag the icon into the standard System Tray.

Dragging a System Tray icon from the expanded tray.
Release the left mouse button.

A newly added System Tray icon.
If you don’t like the positioning of the icon, you can click and drag it left or right to position it where you want it in the tray.

How to Hide Icons in the Windows 10 System Tray
The easiest way to hide an icon that you don’t want to see in the System Tray is to reverse the previous section’s process.

Click and hold an icon in the System Tray.

Clicking and dragging the power icon in the System Tray.
Drag the icon to the ^ icon.

Dragging the power icon to the System Tray expansion icon.
Position the icon where you want it in the expanded System Tray.

Dragging a System Tray icon to the expanded tray.
Release the left mouse button.

The power icon removed from the System Tray to the expanded tray.
How to Show and Hide Windows 10 System Tray Icons
Windows 10 also provides you with a menu to quickly hide or show your System Tray icons. This menu applies to system icons, like the volume and power icons, in addition to icons that represent your apps. If your battery icon is missing, for example, this method allows you to get it back quickly.

This process does not disable System Tray icons. Icons are either set to On and appear in the main System Tray area or set to Off and appear in the expanded System Tray. If you want to remove icons altogether, skip to the next section.

Here’s how to choose which icons appear on your Windows 10 taskbar:

Open the Settings app.

Opening the Settings app in Windows 10.
Click Personalization.

Personalization highlighted in the Windows 10 Settings app.
Click Taskbar.

Taskbar highlighted in the Windows 10 personalization menu.
Click Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Select which icons appear on the taskbar highlighted in the Windows 10 taskbar menu.
Click toggles to On for icons you want to show, and Off for icons you want to hide.

Turning on and off System Tray icons.

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