Action Center Icon Is Missing From Windows 10 Taskbar Fix

The Action Center is a comprehensive service offered by Windows 10  where all your notifications appear at one place. It’s located on the bottom right of your PC, on the Taskbar notification area. Here, you can click on the notification to go to the respective features or service and get further details. You can also Manage and Clear notifications in this area, enable/disable certain features, increase or decrease brightness, and more.


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However, sometimes the Action Center is missing from your Windows 10 taskbar and that can make things a little difficult. You can miss some important notifications related to update, sync, or new available downloads from Microsoft Store.

While rebooting your computer, restarting the Windows Explorer (after closing the process from Task Manager), or running the sfc and DISM commands in the Command Prompt can sometimes help you get the icon back, it can be tricky sometimes.

Fortunately, this issue can be resolved and you can get the Action Center back on your Windows 10 taskbar. Let’s see how.

 

Method 1: By Turning Systems Icons On or Off

 

Many times it could be simply a settings issue, where the action center icon may have been turned off for some reason. It could be accidental or may be due to some glitch. All you need to do is to simply turn on the function in the Settings app. Let’s see how.

 

Step 1: Navigate to the Start button (Windows icon) on the bottom left of your desktop and right-click on it to open the context menu. Select Settings from the menu.

 

Desktop Start Right Click Menu Settings

 

Step 2: In the Settings window, navigate to Personalization.

 

Settings Personalization


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Step 3: In the Personalization page, click on the Taskbar option on the left, Then, on the right side of the window, click on Turn system icons on or off.

 

Personalization Taskbar Turn System Icons On Or Off

 

Step 4:  In the next window, scroll down and find action center. Slide the toggle to the right to turn it on.

 

Turn System Icons On Or Off Action Center Turn On

 

This should resolve the Action Center missing issue in your Windows 10 PC and the Action Center should be visible again the system notification area on the bottom right, but if you still don’t see the Action Center icon, then follow the 2nd method.

 

Method 2: By Changing the Registry Settings

 

Before making any changes to the registry editor, make sure that you create a backup of the registry data, so that in case, if there’s any loss of data, you can recover the data.

 

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys together on your keyboard to open the Run command.

 

Step 2: In the Run command search box, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

 

Win + R Run Command Regedit Ok

 

Step 3: In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the below path:

 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

 

Registry Editor Navigate To Path

 

Step 4: Now, go to the right side of the pane, and right-click on an empty area. Select New from the right-click menu and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value from the sub-menu.

 

Right Side Empty Area Right Click New Dword (32 Bit) Value

 

Step 5: Right-click on the newly created DWORD (32-bit) Value and select Rename from the right-click menu.

 

New Dword Value Right Click Rename

 

Step 6: Now, rename the new DWORD value as DisableNotificationCenter.

 

Rename New Dword Value Disablenotificationcenter

 

Step 7: Now, double-click on this new value to open the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value dialogue box. Go to the Value Data field and set it to 0.

Press the OK button to save the changes and exit.

Enable Notifications

Now, restart your PC and check if the Action Center icon is back in the Taskbar. If you still do not see the Action Center on your Windows Taskbar, you can try the 3rd method.

 

*Note – If the DWORD value – DisableNotificationCenter is already present within the Windows key, skip the Step 4, 5, & 6 and continue from Step 7.

Method 4: By Re-Registering Action Center

 


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It may also be possible that the Action Center has gone corrupt for some reason and it needs to be registered all over again. In such a case, you would need to re-register Action Center using Powershell. Let’s see how.

 


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Step 1: Press the Windows key + X together on your keyboard to open the context menu.

 

Step 2: Select Windows Powershell (Admin) from the context menu to open Windows Powershell with admin rights.

 

Win + X Windows Powershell (admin)

 

Step 3: In the Windows Powershell (Admin) window, run the below command and hit Enter:

 

Get-AppxPackage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppxManifest.xml" -verbose }

 

 

Windows Powershell (admin) Run Command To Re Register Action Center Enter

 

This will re-register a lot of functions and will also make the action center appear back in your Windows 10 taskbar. All you need to do is to reboot your PC once and the Action Center icon should be visible again on the notification tray.

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