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Icons disappeared from notification tray windows vista

My volume, network and power icons are all of a sudden not showing in the notification area in Windows Vista. I have right clicked on Start and looked at the notification tab and the "select which icons to always show" only allows me to choose clock and the others are greyed out. What has happened and how do I fix it?

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  • mstaton266 Nov 19, 2008

    Network and volume icons disapeared from tray, and task bar properties wont allow me to check those two boxes.

  • samanniegirl Nov 20, 2008

    same as above

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    did you login to the pc using the exact user profile every time??

    Windows will create different user profile every time a different user is logon to the machine. even just a character or upper/lower case difference.

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Try to do system restore first, restore to the point where everything is working fine.


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Hi at the bottom of my screen i use to have a volume icon and i could click on it to say how high/low i wanted it but for some reason it has disapered and i got to the control panel to change it and it...


@georgia_9

If the volume icon is just missing, try the following:

For Windows 7
1. Right click on the System Time at the notification area (bottom right hand side) and choose Properties. It will then give you a window for the System Icons, check Volume on the list and click ok and that should fix it.

For Windows Vista
1. Right click on the Taskbar, choose Properties
2. Go to the Notification Area Tab then check Volume then hit Ok.

If the above troubleshooting steps still won't work, try this guide.

Good luck.

Sep 06, 2011 | PC Laptops

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My icon for the battery power monitor has dissapeared from my taskbar can you help me get it back please


Do you have Windows 7? If so, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of your desktop (try right-clicking the time/date), where the icons for volume control, wireless, battery, etc... should be and select Properties. You should then see a screen where you can turn on/off the icons/notifications for battery power (sometimes my volume control disappears and i have to do this.
Otherwise you can go here, Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons and you should find the same thing. Then just turn on your battery power icon/notifications.
Hope this helps.

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My laptop is HP Compaq 6720s Volume, Power, and Network notification icons are missing from taskbar. They cannot be re-enabled from the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties as they are disabled or grayed out....


This is a simple fix in windows vista or windows 7. hit the keys CTRL+ALT+DELETE simultaneously and release. The screen that comes up click on Start Task Manager.

In the task manager window click on Processes Tab. Look for explorer.exe and highlight it and click End Process. Click Yes to stop it. When it is gone from the list, click the Applications tab and click on New Task. In the run box that pops up, type in explorer.exe and click OK or hit Enter. Once your task bar and icons repair look in the system tray area by the clock and the missing icons should now be there.

Apr 14, 2011 | HP Compaq 6720s Notebook

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I use to have a on screen volume control and now it doestnt show up.(i have a emachines computer)


The on-screen volume control icon on the Taskbar can be restored as follows....
1. right-click on a blank spot on the Taskbar
2. click on Properties at the bottom of the resulting pop-up window
3. in the Notification area of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window
4. click the Customize button beside the check-marked Hide inactive icons
5. in Customize Notifications, grab the slider bar on the right side and slide down
6. click on the row with the Name "Volume" and on its Behavior click v and set it to Always show

Feb 09, 2011 | PC Laptops

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Volume Icon has disappeared.


First, right click on the taskbar and select Properties from the right click menu.

Alternatively, you can go to the Control Panel and type the word 'taskbar' in the search box from the upper-right side. Once the search results are loaded, click on the link that says 'Customize icons on the taskbar'.

The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will show up on your screen. Here, go to the tab called Notification Area. In the System icons section check the Volume box and click on OK.

The Volume Mixer icon will now show up in the notification area of your taskbar

I hope that this information was helpful and thank you for contacting the experts.

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XP Home W/ No Network System Tray Icon


control panel-network connection-right click on "local area connection" at bottom select "properties" click a check in the box that says "show icon in notification are when connected"

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XP Home W/ No Network System Tray Icon


Go to Control Panel >> Network Connection >> Right Click - Properties >> there's 2 check box, and check for " Show icon in notification area when connected.

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Vista wont let my adjust my Volume


try restarting the computer, then go back to the Notification Area for your Taskbar, then verify if the volume icon is active for you to select.

otherwise, check this site
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http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-xp-tips/sound-or-volume-tray-icon-missing-in-windows-vista/

May 12, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook

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The volume on my laptop is poor. I have been into the control Panel but cannot find a way on how to increase the volume. Regards Steven.


There should be a small speaker icon in the notification area (aka system tray). Clicking on the icon will being up a volume control that you can use to adjust the sound volume. If the icon is not there, it may have been hidden automatically, so you may need to click on the small left arrow button to show all icons in the notification area to find the speaker. If it still is not there, go to Control Panel -> Sounds. On the Playback tab, select your output device and click on Properties. On the Levels tab, you can adjust sound levels.

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