How to Fix “Missing Volume Icon From Taskbar” Issue

How to Fix
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I have been facing this problem on my Windows PC, volume icon is disappeared from Taskbar or Notification Area. Initially, I was not sure the reason but my first guess was it might get accidentally removed or hidden from notification setting or may due to some new application or software installation. I have done some research and found this quick and easy solution to fix this problem.

You can try to enable it from the Taskbar “Right-Click”, on your taskbar (bar at the bottom of your screen), go to Properties, click the Notification Area tab, then under System icons, select the  `one that you wish to show (Clock, Volume, Network, or Power)

Try to enable this from the Registry:

Click Start, type “regedit” in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

  • If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
  • In the Details pane, click the IconStreams registry entry.
  • On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  • In the Details pane, click the PastIconsStream registry entry.
  • On the Edit menu, click Delete, and then click Yes.
  • Exit Registry Editor.
Restart the Explorer.exe process. To do these, follow these steps:
  • On the Processes tab in Task Manager, click the explorer.exe process, and then click End Process two times.
  • On the File menu, click New Tasks (Run), type explorer, and then click OK.
  • Exit Task Manager.

If this does not work, try to restore your system with earlier created system restore points.

To restore the operating system to an earlier point in time, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, type “System Restore” in the Start Search box, and then click System Restore in the Programs list, if you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click Continue.
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click Choose a different restore point, and then click Next.
  • In the list of restore points, click a restore point that was created before you began to experience the issue, and then click Next.
  • Click Finish.

For the detail about restoring system click here.


  1. I tried this and it worked. It is the only thing I could find that would do the job. Is there any information as to why this keeps happening? I am pondering changing the properties on that registry key, i.e. make it unchangable.


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