How to fix Taskbar Notification Icons Not Hiding Issue in Windows 10

The notification icons on the Taskbar indicate which programs are currently open and running in the background. Previously known as the system tray, it’s the area next to the Taskbar (on the right). You can choose to hide the notification by dragging it to the overflow section. This is when you do not want a lot of clutter in the Taskbar area while you working on your PC. It can be annoying to the sight.


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However, there are situations when you are unable to hide the notification icons and that’s when you need help. While simply rebooting your system can sort out the issue, if you do not want to restart the PC, there are tow other very simple methods to fix this issue. Let’s see how.

Method 1: How to fix Taskbar Notification Icons Not Hiding Issue in Windows 10 via Taskbar

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings from the context menu.

 

Taskbar Right Click Taskbar Settings

 

Step 2: You are directed to the Taskbar settings window in the Settings app.


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Just Click on Select Which icons appear on the taskbar.

 

Taskbar Settings Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar

 

Step 3: Now, in the next window, turn off the toggle button below – Always show all icons in the notification area.

 

Select Which Icons Appear On The Taskbar Disbale Always Show All Icons In The Notifications Area

 

Now, your Taskbar notifications should hide.

Method 2: Using Registry editor

1.  Press Windows key and R key together to open run.

2. Write regedit in it and click OK.

Regedit Run Min

 

2. Go to the following path in the registry editor.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3. Now, in the right side if there is a key NoAutoTrayNotify. 

Delete it or set it to 0.

 

Delete Reg Key Min

4. Now, restart your Computer.

Method 3: How to fix Taskbar Notification Icons Not Hiding Issue in Windows 10 via Task Manager

 

Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.

 

Taskbar Right Click Task Manager

 

Step 2: Under the Process tab, scroll down to find Windows Explorer. Click on it and then click on the Restart button on the bottom right of the Task Manager window.

 


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Task Manager Processes Windows Explorer Restart

 

Step 3: Alternatively, you can also right-click on Windows Explorer and click on Restart in the context menu.

 

Task Manager Processes Windows Explorer Right Click Restart

 

 

Your Taskbar notifications not hiding issue should be resolved now, You don’t even need to Reboot your PC.

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4 thoughts on “How to fix Taskbar Notification Icons Not Hiding Issue in Windows 10”

  1. This last part about restarting the Windows Explorer was very helpful. It enabled me to discover I had a problem with a small app that was causing my notification area to hide.

  2. Thanks Madhuparna…!!! I was really struggling to hide/collapse the system icons in a tray on the right side of my Taskbar after I changed my Laptop. I checked all the options in the Windows 10 ver 1903 Settings again and again but could not unravel myself the option you have shown in Method 1 above (Windows Settings are really very user unfriendly in may places… :-)). Then I saw the Method 1 suggested by you above and it worked like magic. Keep it up with these great tips…!!!

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