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Fix: Volume Icon missing from Windows 10 Taskbar

Is volume icon missing from Windows 10 Taskbar? Don’t worry, in this article, you will read about various methods to restore it back.

Volume icon, battery status icon, wireless/network icon accompanied with some other settings icons is the part of Windows 10 taskbar. Sometimes due to unknown reason, you may find that volume icon is missing from the taskbar of Windows 10 just like other icons.

Missing volume icon from the taskbar is not the big issue for some users because there are some other ways to control the system volume like you can take the help of hotkeys or launch the volume mixer using the taskbar search.

But there are users who have a habit of adjusting the volume using the volume icon available on the  taskbar. Even for some users, Windows 10 taskbar is not complete without volume icon.

Fix Volume Icon Missing from Windows 10 Taskbar

Now you’re reading this article, that means you’re also facing the same issue, but don’t worry as you can easily restore the volume icon back to the taskbar of Windows 10.

In upcoming lines, you will read about all the possible ways to restore volume icon on the Windows 10 taskbar. So let’s start with the first method:

Check out, if the volume icon is hidden by default

1. To confirm this thing, find out all the hidden icons on the taskbar. For that, you need to click on the small up arrow visible on the bottom-right of the screen.

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2. If the volume icon appears in the list of hidden taskbar icons tray? Simply drag & drop it on the taskbar.

Restart File Explorer using the Task Manager

In some cases, you can restore the volume icon back to the taskbar by restarting the Windows Explorer (File Explorer) in Windows 10. Here is what you need to do:

1. Make a right click on the taskbar and from the taskbar context menu, navigate to Task Manager. Click to launch it.

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2. If you’re seeing Task Manager with limited options, then simply click on the “More details” button visible on the bottom left of the Task Manager window to find out more details.

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3. Here on this window under Processes tab, you will see the list of the processes. Look for the process with the name “Windows Explorer

4. Once you find the Windows Explorer, you need to restart it. For that, make right click on it and from the options click on the Restart.

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By Restarting file explorer it will also refresh and restart icons on the taskbar.

After following the above steps, check if volume icon appears in the Windows 10 taskbar, if not check out the next method.

Enable the volume icon for Notification Area using Taskbar Settings.

1. Launch the Settings app. For that, press the WIN + I hotkey.

2. After that, click on the Personalization. On the left panel, switch to Taskbar settings tab.

Alternatively, you can directly reach the Taskbar settings, by making a right click on the Taskbar of Windows 10 and from the list of options click on the Settings.

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3. On the right pane, scroll down on the page. Under Notification area, you will find the link labeled as “Turn system icons on or off“. Simply click on it.

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4. Here you will see the list of system icons. In the list look for the volume icon, and find out if it is already turned off? If yes, then turn on the volume icon and it will restore the volume icon on the taskbar.

In case, it is ON or grayed out, then follow the methods in upcoming lines.

Enable the Volume icon using Group Policy Editor, if it is Disabled

If the volume icon is disabled on Windows 10 taskbar by default, then you can enable it using Group Policy Editor, but the group policy editor is only available in Enterprise, Education, and Pro edition of the Windows 10

1. Go to Taskbar search box or in the start menu, then type “Gpedit.msc” and then press the Enter key. If you see the user account control dialog, then click Yes button to open local group policy editor.

2. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to User configuration > Administrative Templates > Start menu and Taskbar.

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3. Here look for left panel, look for the policy named as “Remove the volume control icon“. Now double-click on it to launch its properties window.

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4. Here you need to switch setting from Not configured to Disable option and click on apply and Ok button.

If you’re using Home edition of Windows 10, then you can do the same thing with the help of Registry Editor. In upcoming steps you will find out how to do that:

Enable Missing Volume icon using the Registry Editor

1. In Start Menu or taskbar Search box, type “Regedit” and then press Enter key.  When UAC dialog box appears, click Yes to continue.

2. In the registry editor navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\windows\currentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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3. On the right pane, look for the entry with name HideSCAVolume, double-click on it and change its value date to and then click OK.

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If you see any warning dialog box, simply click on the Yes button and it will restore the Volume button.

Log out then log in to windows 10.

This is one of the simplest ways to fix this issue. According to the user, simply log out and then log back to Windows 10.

1. Make a right click on the Shut down or Sign out -> Sign Out.

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2. After successful Sign-out, log back into window 10.

By following these two steps, you will see that the volume icon appears on the Windows 10 Taskbar.

That’s it. These are some of the possible ways to fix the volume icon missing from the Windows 10 taskbar.

Why don’t you give a try to these methods and let us know, if any of these helps you in restoring the volume icon back on the Windows 10 taskbar or not?

About Viney Dhiman

Viney completed his Engineering in 2014 and has 2 years of experience in the field of Technology and Web development. He likes to write about latest updates in the Tech World in his free time. Email: vineyvande19@gmail.com

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