How Do I Show Hidden Notification Area Icons in Windows 10/11?

If you use a Windows 10 or 11 computer, you may have noticed that some icons in your notification area (also known as the system tray) are hidden by default. These icons may include ones for your antivirus software, Bluetooth, and other useful programs.

Sometimes, certain icons may become hidden in the notification area. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as if the icons have been manually hidden by the user or if an app or system update has caused the icons to disappear.

So, how do you show hidden notification area icons in Windows 10 and 11? Here’s what you need to know.

There are 2 approaches you can try to show hidden notification area icons in Windows 10 and 11:

Show Hidden Icons without Settings

By default, many icons are not displayed in the notification area. You can click on the upward arrow icon located on the right side of the notification area. This will show any hidden icons that are currently available.

Clicking on the outside of the popup icon area will hide them again.

Hide or Show Notification Icons via Settings

To show or hide icons in the Notification area from settings you have to follow this step:

  • Right-click on an empty area of the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings” from the menu.
  • In the Taskbar Settings window, click on the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” option on the left side.

  • From here, you can choose which icons you want to show in the notification area. Simply toggle the switch next to an icon to show or hide it.


These are the simplest ways of hiding and showing notification area icons on the taskbar in Windows 10 and 11. Make sure to follow the guide accurately!

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