In Windows 7 and 8, you can customize the icons in the “taskbar” to permanently display them in the taskbar or hide them in the pop-up drawer. These options have been moved to Windows 10.
Previously, you could click on the “Customize” button at the bottom of the pop-up system tray. In Windows 10, you need to right-click on the taskbar, select Properties and then click the Customize button.
After that, click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”. Now you can change an app to ON to display it permanently on the right side of the taskbar. You can also move items such as Network and Volume in the taskbar popup window. You can also select “Turn System Icons On or Off” on the original Customize screen to completely remove icons such as Volume or Notifications.
It is interesting to note that these options are not as flexible as in Windows 7 or 8 (there is no “Show only notifications” option as before), but at least most of the main options are still available. They have just moved.
How To Show All System Tray Icons On Windows 10
In Windows 10, many classic options of Control Panel have been moved to the Settings app. The taskbar options have also been moved there. This is the case since at least build 14271, which is part of the “Anniversary Update” branch (Redstone 1) of Windows 10.
Below you can find, how to make Windows 10 always show all the taskbar icons on the taskbar using settings.
But you should know first that the system tray is a small section of the taskbar that displays system icons, such as the loudspeaker, the network and the icons of the operations center. Of course, since it is Windows 10, Microsoft does not save this space for itself. Any desired app can add an icon to the system tray and you can access that app from this icon. Sometimes, apps run completely in the taskbar and at other times, their icons are simply indicators that show that they are running.
Since the system tray should be a small section of the taskbar, it is logical to think that not everything can fit there. It has a limited size and all icons that do not fit there are sent to the overflow menu. If you wish, you can drag an icon and display it permanently in the taskbar, but the default behavior is to send new/additional icons to the overflow menu. If you want to change this default behavior and display all the icons in the taskbar, you can do so by changing a small setting.
Show All System Tray Icons
- Go to the Settings app and after that to the setting of personalization group.
- Select the Taskbar tab and scroll down to the Notification area section.
- In this section, click on the ‘Select which icons appear on the taskbar’ option.
- The next screen will show a list of apps that can / have added icons to the taskbar. At the top of this list is a switch called ‘Always show all icons in the notification area’. Turn it on and the taskbar will automatically expand to show all app icons, including those in the overflow menu.
This change will also affect newly installed apps. Therefore, the new apps you want to run in the system tray or want to add an icon will be added automatically along with the other icons. There will be no overflow menu.
This has its negative side; Get less space for app icons in the system tray. For some apps, such as those that show CPU temperature or RAM usage, the icon must always be visible. For others not. You can cut this list by completely hiding unnecessary icons from the taskbar. In the app list, turn off the switch next to an app that you do not want in the system tray. All your icons will still be present, but those you don’t need will not be hidden in the overflow menu.
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