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System Icons - Turn On or Off

How to Turn System Icons On or Off in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
02 Nov 2008
Default System Icons - Turn On or Off

How to Turn System Icons On or Off in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to turn a system icon on the taskbar on or off in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The default system icons for are the Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Action Center, and Input indicator (Windows 8) icons.

Note   Note
The Power icon will be grayed out and off unless your computer is running with battery power. For example, a laptop with it's battery pack connected or a desktop computer on a UPS backup battery.
Tip   Tip
If a system icon you want to turn on or off is grayed out, then see: How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Notification System Icons

warning   Warning
Turning off a system icon will remove the icon from the taskbar and turns off notifications for the icon.


EXAMPLE: System Icons on the Taskbar

Here's How:
1. In Windows 7 open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the System Icons icon, and do step 3, 4, or 5 below.

OR

2. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties.
A) Click/tap on the Customize button to the right of "Notifcation area". (See screenshot below)

B) Click/tap on Cancel to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.
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C) Click/tap on the Turn system icons on or off link at the bottom, and do step 3, 4, or 5 below. (See screenshot below)
System Icons - Turn On or Off-notification_area_icons.jpg
3. To Turn a System Icon On
A) Click/tap on the Behaviors drop down menu to the left of the system icon you want to turn on. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Click/tap on ON to select it.

C) Go to step 6.
4. To Turn a System Icon Off
A) Click/tap on the Behaviors drop down menu to the left of the system icon you want to turn off. (See screenshot below step 6)

B) Click/tap on OFF to select it.

C) Go to step 6.
5. To Restore the Default System Icons Behaviors
A) Click/tap on the Restore default icon behaviors link below. (See screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshots below)
System Icons - Turn On or Off-system_icons.jpg

System Icons - Turn On or Off-w8_system_icons.jpg

7. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 2C)
NOTE: You will not see this if you had opened the System Icons window from the Control Panel above.
That's it,
Shawn





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29 Jun 2011   #1
niceguy75

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

How to enable any system icon if it is disabled in the system icon like the power icon is disabled in your last screenshot?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Niceguy,

The tutorial below may be able to allow you to do so.

System Icons - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2011   #3
niceguy75

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Not working mate, I have even tried as Administrator.
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29 Jun 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Which ones are you trying to enable?

Could you post a screenshot of this to see if anything may stand out?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2011   #5
niceguy75

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Which ones are you trying to enable?

Could you post a screenshot of this to see if anything may stand out?
I was trying to enable Network, battery and Action Center Icon. Actually I have changed the dlls to change the icons in the tray and after changing the dll those icons were disabled, I tried your method but didn't work so finally I have restored my OS and everything is fine now but the icons are default only.

BTW, thanks for your help but I am now unable to post screenshot as I have already restored my OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jun 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. Yep, the tutorial will not help with modified .dll files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2011   #7
grinreaper13

windows 7 at 64 bit
 
 
how to turn on systems icons on or off in windows 7

i tried your direction but came up short it wont let me restore my default behavior at all my volume system icon wont appear on my tray i use firefox and i have a gateway nv53 windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Sep 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Grinreaper13, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If your Volume icon is grayed out, then you might see if you may be able to enable the Volume icon using the tutorial below instead.

System Icons - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Oct 2011   #9
Raargh

Windows 7 Pro x64 (dual-booting XPSP3 and Win7)
 
 

Here's an odd one. In Control Panel, all my icons are there except "System Icons". But, if I go to "Notification Area" from TaskBar Properties, select Customize, there is a little hotlink to "Turn system icons On or Off", where I see the normal stuff and can turn the icons on and off.
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Any idea what would make just that one icon disappear from Control Panel?

Steve


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