Displaying the Volume Icon in the Taskbar

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated August 23, 2021)

One minor (but often overlooked) feature I use on many computers is the volume control. With the growing mixture of videos, music, and system sounds in my day-to-day work life, I find I adjust volume more and more frequently. If I am using a keyboard with built-in volume controls, I use it regularly.

The other day I sat down at a computer that did not have a volume control on the keyboard. So, when I needed to adjust the volume, I turned to the volume icon in the Taskbar. However, when I moved my mouse to the area where I expected to find the volume control—the bottom-right corner of the screen—the icon was missing. If this has happened to you or you wish to hide the icon, the process is simple.

  1. Press the Windows key, type (without quotes) "Taskbar Settings," and press Enter. Windows opens the Taskbar Settings of the System Settings window.
  2. In the right-hand panel, scroll down and click on "Select Which Icons Appear on the Taskbar," found under the Notification Area heading. Windows shows the Select Which Icons Appear on the Taskbar section of the System Settings window.
  3. Turn the toggle control next to Volume to either on or off, depending on your preference.
  4. Close the System Settings window. Your choice takes effect immediately.

This simple process allows you to display or hide the volume icon at any time. It is important to note that if you hide the icon, it is still accessible through the hidden icons arrow found in the Taskbar.

 This tip (10063) applies to Windows 10.

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