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Windows 7: Notification Area Arrow Missing

17 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Edition 32bit
Notification Area Arrow Missing

As the title said there is just no notification area arrow. I right clicked task bar> properties> "notification area" customize and all i see is nothing in the box. It says at the top. some settings can only be managed by your system admin, well i AM the system admin. it was showing up earlier and all i did was update windows and poof arrow gone and when i minimize things they disappear. anyone got any hints? thanks in advance

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Feb 2010   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Welcome to the forum

Try an alternate form of entry

Type notification in search and see if that works.

If that does not work, set up a "test" Administrator account and test that. Your account may be corrupt.
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17 Feb 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Bobafeets, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check with the tutorial below to see if this may be issue.

Notification Area - Add or Remove

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7
Retore the arrow.

For some users setting the very first icon to Always Hide, restores the arrow.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Mar 2016   #5

win 7 32bit
Notification Area Arrow Missing - Windows 10 has a DIFFERENT METHOD

Windows 10 has a different solution, but it's easy.
Open SETTINGS using the START menu
or (geek humor here: Right click on the CLOCK and select PROPERTIES - crazy, huh?)
anyway SETTINGS->SYSTEM->Notification & actions
Click on "Select which icons appear on the taskbar" -> new screen
"Always show all icons in the notification area" - SWITCH TO 'OFF'
Magically, as you watch, you will see the systray icons toggle between appearing on the taskbar or being hidden with the little up arrow that opens the small window.
Oh, happy day.
Hope this helps.
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