Written by Barry Dysert (last updated September 14, 2020)
Windows has various system icons that can be displayed in the notification area (otherwise known as the systray). If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, the available system icons are Clock, Volume, Network, Power, and Action Center. Windows 8 added a sixth possible system icon (Input Indicator) and the latest version of Windows 10 added Location, Touch Keyboard, Windows Ink Workspace, Touchpad, and Microphone for a total of 11 possible system icons. You can easily control which (if any) of these system icons are displayed.
Figure 1. The Turn System Icons On or Off section of the Settings dialog box.
The new behaviors go into effect immediately
Windows 7 and Windows 8
For each of the available system icons you can click the drop-down list in the "Behaviors" column to indicate whether that icon will be displayed (turned "On") or not (turned "Off"). After you've set the behaviors to what you want, click OK and close the Control Panel if it is open. The new behaviors go into effect immediately.
This tip (11882) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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