How to Show Hidden Icons on Taskbar on Windows 11 or 10?

In Windows 11, most non-crucial icons are hidden in the taskbar corner overflow menu (which used to be known as the Notification Area or System Tray back in Windows 10). These icons are only visible and accessible when the user click’s on the “Show hidden icons” arrow on the taskbar corner. So that the icons will always appear and be visible on the taskbar without the need to click on the “Show hidden icons” button.

Icons are hidden by default so that your taskbar does not get flooded by many icons as you use your computer. Even some icons provide crucial information about their appearances, such as those that would change their colors based on the app’s status.

This risewindows guide will show you how to set these hidden icons to always shows on the taskbar corner in Windows 11 or 10.

How to Show or Hide Hidden Icons on the Taskbar in Windows 11?

To show a hidden icon on the taskbar corner in Windows 11, do these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, right-click on the free space on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.

On the Taskbar setting, press Windows + I keys on the keyboard to open Settings. Then navigate to Personalization > Taskbar.

Step 2. When Taskbar settings appear on your computer, scroll down a bit on the right-side pane and then select the Taskbar corner overflow tile to expand it.

Step 3. Then, under Taskbar corner overflow, you will see a list of all icons in the taskbar corner. Here, toggle switch to On or Off to show or hide icons on the taskbar corner.

How to Show or Hide Hidden Icons in the Windows 10 System Tray?

Windows 10 System tray also consists of a section of icons that are always visible and a section of icons that you only see when you click the “Show hidden icons” button like Windows 11. To guide how to show the hidden icons in Windows 10 System Tray, use these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open the Settings app.

Step 2. Now, click the Personalization.

Step 3. Then, select Taskbar.

Step 4. After that, scroll down on the right sidebar and click the link Select which icons appear on the taskbar under the “Notification area” section.

Step 5. Next, you will see a list of all the applications that may appear in the Notification area on the next screen. Toggle switch to the On/Off position depending on your requirements.


You can quickly add your favorite application icons to your taskbar or hide them from the taskbar by just dragging and dropping them on Windows 11 and 10 PCs. For that, click on the Show hidden icons button on the taskbar.

Next, drag the hidden icon anywhere on the taskbar to keep it visible always.

Similarly, select the icon on the taskbar and move the cursor outside the taskbar to hide non-important icons. Now, release the mouse cursor, and the icon will move in the hidden area.

That should do it.

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