How to Customize System Tray Icons in Windows 10

We all love what Microsoft has done with Windows 10. There is a trunk-load of features that we never had in Windows 7 and 8 but are readily available in Windows 10. The introduction of Microsoft Edge alone is something worth trying Windows 10 for. However, there are some features that are still there but just have been moved. Just like the system tray icon customization feature.

In previous Windows versions, you could click on the “Customize” button that would be available at the bottom of the system tray popup and customize the icons to either show on the taskbar or just hide them away. In Windows 10, you can still customize your system tray icons but there is a different procedure to do that. Trying to do that and can’t figure out a way? Don’t worry because we have got you covered. Perform the following steps:

Right click on the Taskbar and select “Properties” from the list.

Now click on “Customize” which is found in front of the section “Notification area”.

Click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”. To customize system icons, choose Turn system icons on or off

Here you can first choose whether or not you want all of your icons to appear in the notification area. If you do want that, set “Always show all icons in the notification area” to “On”.

You can also choose to turn any application on or off from the list provided. You can also move items up or down in the system tray popup and can even turn the system icons on or off (from the customize screen that you can get to by hitting on the back arrow).

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Yes, this is how you can customize your system tray icons and unfortunately, the flexibility with which we could play around with these in Windows 7 or 8 is absent but yes, the majority of the options are still there, just relocated.

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