How to Enable and Disable Taskbar Icons in Windows 10

Windows 10 is more optimized for Tablets, and since Windows has been always for desktop computers, you will see some elements not optimal for those who use their PC in both tablet mode and desktop mode. Touch functionality using your fingers is very different from mouse pointer in terms of position, size, and accuracy. So one of thing you will notice after Windows 10 upgrade is how icons are placed on taskbar – the icons are positioned with more space between them compared to previous versions of Windows, and understandably for optimization towards finger touch. Of course there is tablet mode which will hide all the icons on taskbar, but while in desktop mode, you will soon run out of space on taskbar, with no space to even right-click on empty space of taskbar!

Taskbar Full of Icons!

Taskbar Full of Icons!

Like always the taskbar icons can be hidden or you can only show which you want. Click on Action Center on taskbar and then click All settings.

All Settings

All Settings

Click Notifications & actions and then in click Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

Notifications and Actions

Notifications and Actions

Turn OFF Always show all icons in the notification area and then you can toggle the icons of your choice ON/OFF. Only those which you make ON will be shown on taskbar. Unfortunately there is no way to let Windows show only active icons like you can do in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.


Select Icons that appear on Taskbar

Select Icons that appear on Taskbar

In the above settings you won’t find system icons Clock, Volume, Network, Power, Keyboard, Location, and Action Center. To control them, come back to Notifications & actions dialog box and click Turn system icons on or off.

Notifications and Actions - System Icons

Notifications and Actions – System Icons

Turn off the system icons that you won’t to see.

Turn System Icons On or Off

Turn System Icons On or Off

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.