Hide system tray icons Windows 10

Why Would You Want to Hide System Tray Icons in Windows 10?

The need to hide system tray icons depends partly on personal choice and partly on the device you’re using.

And to an extent it depends on who your computer is made by. With some manufacturers you can get an overload of system tray icons showing. For a full size PC this is not too much of an issue, but for a laptop or netbook it can be a pain. The system tray starts to encroach on the taskbar space for open or pinned apps.

Personally, I have a set of icons I always want to see so I can keep an eye on them. I have Malwarebytes, Norton, OneDrive (personal and business), my live support app, network, and sound showing and that’s it. I don’t need the rest to be constantly in view.


How to Hide System Tray Icons – Step 1

Hide System Tray Icons #1The first thing you need to do is right-click on the taskbar. Even though it’s the system tray you are changing it is the taskbar you need to be right-clicking on.

This will open up a menu and you need to look for the entry that says “Taskbar settings” and click on it.

On my system it was the entry at the very bottom and it will probably be the same for you.


How to Hide System Tray Icons – Step 2

Hide System Tray Icons #2Clicking on “Taskbar settings” as stipulated in the previous step will cause a new app window to open headed “Taskbar.”

You will probably need to scroll (I did) and find the section that is headed “Notification area.”

Once you’ve found that you should see beneath the title an entry that says “Select which icons appear on the taskbar.”

Now despite the fact that you are trying to hide icons in the system tray, Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has seen fit to refer to it as taskbar. I’m so glad they decided to make things simple and clear in Windows 10!

Anyway, click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar.”


How to Hide System Tray Icons – Step 3

Hide System Tray Icons #3You will now have a new section open up headed (as you might expect!) “Select which icons appear on the taskbar.”

You will see a long list of named icons and this is exactly what you have been looking for. All the active apps will have a sliding switch in solid blue, whereas the inactive ones will be in an outlined black.

You can now simply turn off (or on) as many apps as you want.

Your needs may be different to mine as to what you want to see, but I would highly recommend always having your anti-virus app visible.



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