How to turn ON/OFF the #Windows 10 System Icons?

You might be interested on turning off some system icons from the system tray to gain some space in your taskbar. This situation might arise when you have too many icons there and/or you want to turn off some system icons from your system tray. This is also applicable for the systray clock.


If you want to do so and looking around an option in Windows 10, this post will definitely help you. Continue reading to find out the steps with screenshots.



If you want to turn ON/OFF the system icons or the clock from the system tray (systray), just follow the below easy mentioned steps in order to proceed with. As a first step, open the Windows 10 settings page from the start or simply press the key combination “Win + i”. Once the settings page opens up in the screen, click the “System” icon as shown below to change settings related to display, notifications, apps and power etc.


Windows 10 Settings Page (


From the left notification panel, select the “Notifications & actions” item to open the settings related to it. Under the “Quick actions”, you will find a link labeled “Turn system icons on or off”. Click it to proceed with. But if you want to turn off other icons irrespective of system icons, you can click the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”. For this post, we will go with the “Turn system icons on or off”, as shown below:


Windows 10 System Settings - Notifications and actions (


Now use the toggle switch button to ON/OFF specific system icons listed in the page e.g. clock, volume, network, power, action center etc. In this post, we will demonstrate using the “Clock” control. This is applicable for the rest of the icons too. To remove the clock control from the taskbar or systray, click the toggle switch and make it Off. Immediately you will see that the clock has been removed from the taskbar, gaining a big amount of space.


How to turn system icons on or off in Windows 10 (


Similarly, click the toggle switcher once again to bring it back (ON). Here is a screenshot of the taskbar with the clock control:


Windows 10 SysTray with clock (


Here is a screenshot of the taskbar without the clock control, after turning the clock off. Similarly, you can do the same for the other icons too.


Windows 10 SysTray without clock (


Though this is not much needed in day to day life, but there are some instances where system administrators of corporate world wants to turn those system icons on/off as per company policy and I hope, this will give a very brief idea of what needs to be done to remove those specific icons.


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