Hiding and Displaying the Volume Control

by Barry Dysert
(last updated December 15, 2014)


The speaker icon, found at the right side of the taskbar, gives you quick access to your system's volume control. By clicking the icon you can immediately control the volume level of your speakers or mute them entirely. If you're like some people, though, you don't like this icon taking up space in the system tray.

To remove the speaker icon from the system tray, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click an open area of your desktop and choose the Personalize option from the resulting Context menu. Windows displays the Personalization dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click the Taskbar and Start Menu link (Windows 7) or the Taskbar and Navigation link (Windows 8). Windows displays the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box (Windows 7) or the Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box (Windows 8). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box.

  4. Click the Customize button. Windows displays the Notification Area Icons dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. The Notification Area Icons dialog box.

  6. Scroll through the list of icons until you see the Volume icon.
  7. Click the control to the right of the Volume icon and choose Hide Icon and Notifications.
  8. Click OK and close any other open dialog box.

Immediately after completing step 5 the volume control should have disappeared. You can get it back by following the same steps with the exception of step 5, where you should choose an option that displays what you want displayed.

 This tip (12213) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...


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2014-12-15 06:55:25


A MUCH easier, faster way to get to the customization menu is to simply left-check the up arrow in the right side of the task bar and select "Customize notification icons".

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