How do I access and enable more icons to be in the system tray?


So I’m messing around with Natty a little, and I noticed that all the apps that would normally use the system tray (or “notification area”?) aren’t displaying there. Is that a bug, or is that the way it’s going to be? I heard something about Ubuntu getting rid of that feature entirely. Is there a way to add it back? I mean, I didn’t really like it, either, especially when there were apps that used it unnecessarily, but I can’t use CryptKeeper at all now, or easycrypt, and I don’t know whether Dropbox has synced without opening Nautilus.

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In versions of Ubuntu prior to 13.04 you have to whitelist the applications if you want to allow them to access the system tray.

Firstly install dconf-tools from the software center ( or by clicking here) Then Press Alt+F2 and enter dconf-editor and run it.

Now navigate to Desktop -> Unity -> Panel.

Now change the value of systray-whitelist to


Note that...

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Yes, per Huff's comment, it has nothing to do with 100% vs. 125%. If you boot the system and the volume icon does not appear, then logout and login again, it will now appear.

Very weird. I had a similar problem with the power icon and fixed that - see

But that solution did not work for volume and this one is a "band-aid". Still looking for a real solution.

Thanks for all the ideas though. This was a good try.

Oddly enough no one in MS applications/programming is chiming in to resolve this issue, why? 40 thousand opinions and not one single solution. A physical count on googling issue produces over 70% of the systems that have installed 10 have this issue. A simple Registry hack (which I will not share worked for a single session), but adjusting font size? Really? The problem is a technical issue in the design software, not a wysiwyg fix um...

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In our help center, we refer to the the bars along the top or bottom of your computer screen as the system tray (Windows/Linux) or menu bar (Mac). Your system tray or menu bar contains the Dropbox icon, which is where you access Dropbox settings.

The system tray or menu bar appears in different locations depending on your operating system. Select your operating system to learn more:

The system tray appears at the bottom of the screen and looks like this:

Dropbox on your system tray

If you don't see the Dropbox icon, it could be automatically hidden by Windows. Click on the small white arrow to show all system tray icons. Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.

The menu bar appears at the top of the screen and looks like this:

Dropbox on your menu bar

Click the Dropbox icon to access the Dropbox desktop application menu.

The location of your system tray depends on your Linux installation. The...

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How do I enable and view the Java Console?

This article applies to:

Platform(s): Macintosh OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP The Java Console provides information about the Java version, user home directory, and any error message that occurs while running an applet or application.

You can enable the Java Console for the Windows platform using the Java Control Panel or the Java icon displayed in the Windows system tray.

Find the Java Control Panel

» Windows
» Mac OS X

Enable the Java Console in the Java Control Panel

In the Java Control Panel, click the Advanced tab. Expand the Java console option. Select Show Console and click OK.

Enabling the Java...

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The Windows 10 taskbar works much like previous Windows versions — it offers buttons for every application you’re running and lets you pin icons for later, and a system tray for icons. The main difference is that Windows 10 has a Cortana search box located right on the taskbar, although you can easily disable it.

While there is nothing wrong with the default look of the taskbar, it can be customized in a number of ways without the help of third-party tools. In this article, we’ll show you different ways to customize the taskbar in Windows 10.

Note: obviously the more tech-savvy readers will probably already know most of these tips, but we’re here to help everybody from beginners to serious geeks, so be kind in the comments and help out the new geeks.

Configure or Remove Cortana

You don’t actually need the Cortana/Search box to search; if you press the Windows key and start typing, you’ll get the same search experience. If you want to perform a...

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The system tray is a specialized area of the desktop where users can access currently running programs. This area may be referred to differently on various operating systems. On Microsoft Windows, the system tray is referred to as the Taskbar Status Area, while on the GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME) Desktop it is referred to as the Notification Area. On K Desktop Environment (KDE) this area is referred to as the System Tray. However, on each system the tray area is shared by all applications running on the desktop.

The java.awt.SystemTray class introduced in Java™ SE version 6 represents the system tray for a desktop. The system tray can be accessed by calling the static SystemTray.getSystemTray() method. Before calling this method, use the static method isSupported() to check that the system tray is supported. If the system tray is not supported on this platform, the isSupported() method returns false. If the application attempts to call the getSystemTray()...

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Local Access Only Network Icon - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable "local access only" Network Icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows includes a feature called

Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI)

, which is part of a broader feature called Network Awareness, that is used to automatically identify the network the PC is connecting to and whether or not it has access to the Internet.

For more detailed information, see: The Network Connection Status Icon - Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the

"local access only" network icon

when users are not connected to the internet in

Windows 7


Windows 8


You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

EXAMPLE: "local access only" Network icon Enabled and Disabled


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How to Hide System Tray Icons on Windows 10

As familiar as it may look at first glance, there are still tons of subtle changes in Windows 10. Many options that existed in past versions have been moved, and virtually every system menu received at least a small visual makeover.

Take the system tray for an example. It's still right there next to the clock in the bottom corner of your screen, but the easily accessible "Customize" option is now gone, and the menu itself cannot be right-clicked. As a result, removing excess icons to declutter your system tray involves an entirely new process, which I'll outline below.

Step 1: Access the System Tray Settings Menu

While the "Customize" option has been removed from the system tray itself, most of the options that you would've found in this menu on previous versions of Windows are still there. To access these options, start by right-clicking any empty space on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, then...

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Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 8/8.1 but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any growing pains as you get used to this new operating system. Quite a few things have been moved around, some things are where they used to be in Windows 7 but it’s just harder to find them. The system tray for example used to have a customize option that opened the relevant Control Panel setting screen that would allow you to select whether an icon should appear in the tray and in which cases it should be visible. That useful little customize option is no longer there. Here’s how you can select which icons appear in the system tray in Windows 10.

There’s two ways to do this. The first and most familiar one is to open the Taskbar properties window. Right-click the Taskbar and select Properties.

Click the ‘Customize’ button next to the Notification Area field and it will bring up the following window that you’re already familiar with. Alternatively, you can go to...

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How do enable or disable the NVIDIA Notification Tray Icon on the Windows Taskbar?

Under Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, you may enable the NVIDIA Notification Tray Icon which adds an NVIDIA icon to your Windows Taskbar which provides shortcuts to certain display settings. This icon can also be turned off/disabled if the user does not wish to have this icon appear on the Windows Taskbar.

To enable or disable the NVIDIA Notification Tray Icon:

1) Right-click over your Windows Desktop with your mouse.

2) A context menu will appear. Select "NVIDIA Control Panel" to bring up the NVIDIA Control Panel software.

3) When the NVIDIA Control Panel appears, from the top menu bar, select "View".

4) From the drop down menu, you will see the option "Show Notification Tray Icon". To enable this icon, left-click over this option. A checkmark will appear notifying you the option is enabled.

5) If you wish to remove this...

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Windows 10 introduced a new style of items and their panes/flyouts which open from the notification area. All of the applets which open from the system tray are different now. This includes the Date/Time pane, the Action Center, the Network pane and even the volume control! Once you click the sound icon in the system tray, the new volume indicator will appear on the screen. If you do not like how it looks and works, it is possible to restore the previous sound volume control which was available in Windows 8 and Windows 7 with a simple Registry tweak. In this article, we will see how to enable the old volume control in Windows 10.

At the moment of this writing, Windows 10 has a working Registry tweak which, when applied, allows you to switch between the old and new volume indicator. If you are not happy with the new sound applet, here is how you can enable the old Volume control in Windows 10.

To restore the old volume applet in Windows 10, follow these steps:

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How to Enable or Disable System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8


When disabled, these icons are

grayed out


System Icons

and will no longer appear at the Notification Area.

When enabled, these icons can be turned on and off at will in System Icons and will appear in the Notification Area if turned on.


Check to make sure that the system icon is turned on. Check to make sure that the system icon is not hidden. Make sure that the drivers and devices that are for the system icons are installed and working properly. They will not work if the device or driver does not. Sometimes to simply log off and log on, or restart the computer, will enable the missing notification icons again. You should try this first. Sometimes resetting the Notification Icons will clear the problem. Sometimes on a laptop, you can shutdown the laptop and remove the battery pack, reconnect...
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In Windows 7 and 8, you could customize icons in the “system tray” to permanently show on the taskbar, or hide them away in the pop-up drawer. These options have moved in Windows 10.

Previously, you could click the “Customize” button at the bottom of the system tray popup. In Windows 10, you have to right-click on the Taskbar, choose Properties, and then click the Customize button.

From here, click “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”. Now you can switch an app to “on” to permanently show it on the right-hand side of the taskbar. You can also move items like Network and Volume to the system tray popup. You can also select “Turn System Icons On or Off” from the original Customize screen to remove icons like Volume or Notifications entirely.

Strangely, these options aren’t as flexible as they were in Windows 7 or 8—there’s no “Show Only Notifications” option like there was before—but at least most of the main options are still available. They’ve just...

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Okay, gang, here's the latest: been jumping hoops changing display settings, cache, system optimization, performance settings, Windows XP appearance, you name it.

During the course of that I studied the phenomena: icons are actually moving, not exactly flickering. It's the same movement as if you shut a program and all remaining icons shift right or whatever. Once I had changed some settings it became obvious it was only Online Armor icons that were moving, and event caused a backlash with other icons!

O/A is advising with their GREAT support staff [my absolute favorite company for aggressive customer support, #1 best I've EVER found!!].

Apparently it was a bogus install of O/A. I had one version, uninstalled, loaded another version, uninstalled, and went back to first, as Online Armor Premium. Somehow I screwed it up so seems to need a reinstall, but I want to do it correctly, so waiting for advice from O/A to fix up my screw up!

Thanks to Broni &...

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I’m seeing system tray area in Windows for as long as I started using Windows 95 (it may dates back to further than that). Often, when you install a new software, it adds a notification icon to the system tray. This system tray icon helps users easily select and use the program options as well as provide quick access to different application settings. When you for example uninstall the software, the icon is automatically removed from the system tray. However, sometimes Windows native application uninstaller fails to delete the past notifications. Only because you cannot see it in the system tray does not mean that it is not there anymore. System tray is set to show the currently active icons by default, but the non-active icons are not always deleted even after uninstalling the software. To cope with that, we can use a few third party solutions to get rid of these items. Previously, we covered a tool called Tray Cleaner, which allows you to clear the extra items in the notification...

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Are your system icons greyed out in Windows 7? If your system icons are greyed out and you need them badly, then you should read this tutorial to find out how to enable the system icons again!

First Steps! Prerequisites

Before your follow this tutorial:

1. Step Restart. Sometimes a restart will solve this problem.

2. Step Open an elevated command prompt. Enter “sfc.exe /scannow” (without quotes) and hit enter.

3. Step Wait until the scan has finished, then reboot.

We are doing this system scan because sometimes, viruses can change your explorer.exe and then you will lose your system icons in Windows 7. Also, if you followed our tutorial and replaced the explorer.exe, you might accidentally disable all system icons.

Enable System Icons via Local Group Policy Editor

Important: If you are Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Home Basic, click here now.

Ok, so all of the system icons are greyed out, what can we do about...

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