Volume icon missing from Taskbar in Windows 10

Have you ever run into a situation where you want to raise the volume of a downloaded clip to make it audible, only to find that the volume icon is missing from the taskbar of your Windows 10 computer? The problem occurs when the behavior of the system icon selection setting is greyed out. The more general approach towards solving this problem is looking for a solution from the Settings program or the Control Panel but or manually setting icons on the notification area.

Volume icon missing from Taskbar

1] From the WinX Menu, open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. Here click on the Turn system icon on or off link.

Volume icon missing from Taskbar


The Turn System Icons On or Off panel will open, where you can set icons you want to display on the Notification area. Just toggle the slider for Volume to the On position and Exit.

Here you will be able to turn any of the System Icons On or Off in the Windows 10 Taskbar.

To access this panel, you can also right-click on the Taskbar > Properties and click on the Notification areas: Customize button.

2] Restart Explorer and see if it helps.

3] If this does not help, if your version of Windows 10 has the Group Policy, Run gpedit.msc to open the Local Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Now in the right pane, search for the following setting – Remove the volume control icon. When found, double-click on it to open the following panel.

Ensure that the policy setting is Not configured or Disabled.

This policy setting allows you to remove the volume control icon from the system control area. If you enable this policy setting, the volume control icon is not displayed in the system notification area. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, the volume control icon is displayed in the system notification area.

Volume icon missing from Taskbar group policy

Click on Apply/OK and exit.

Hopefully, your Volume icon should be back on your taskbar.

See this post if Turn system icons on or off is grayed out. Towards the end of this post, you will see a registry setting which you may have to tweak.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Silent Political Yeoman

    In the case of the Power and Volume options being greyed out when in Notifications (i.e. can’t turn them on), just open Task Manager, right-click on Windows Explorer and select Restart. Fixed the issue for me.

  2. Marele Anonim

    Thanks m8

  3. Srinu Bandaru (cnu)

    Thanks man. It really helped me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. M Bergstrom

    I have noticed that I lose the speaker icon when i set my taskbar to auto-hide. If I leave it visible, the icon stays but on auto-hide I lose it within a day or two. Does anyone else have that happen?

  5. Henrique Tavares

    My volume option is not only off, it is greyed out. Gee, why can’t things just WORK?

  6. Bruce

    Nice one. (worked)

    Hint: Use Control-Shift-Esc to quickly access the Task Manager.

  7. angela

    1. Hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete and open Task Manager
    2. Click on DETAILS tab
    3. Find explorer.exe, right-click, and click on END TASK
    4. On the top Menu Bar, click on FILE, RUN NEW TASK
    5. Enter explorer.exe in the task entry box and click on OK
    6. On the top Menu Bar, click on VIEW and REFRESH NOW
    7. Volume icon should reappear after refresh

  8. Colin Price

    Thank you, excellent job.

  9. Lock Barker

    Legendary Angela, that worked a treat for me.

  10. April Thomas

    thank you it was driving me crazy win 10 a real learning curve for me

  11. donutdodat

    1. Go to Device Manager – Sound, video, & game controller
    2. Disable, then enable the audio devices listed (sort of on then off)
    3. Restart computer

  12. Joel Leitner

    Same here – thank you!!!

  13. Anon

    Thanks… That was annoying.

  14. Nafees Hasan

    Thanks, I searched the internet only to find this comment that was helpful.

  15. Aleลก Polรญvka

    Marvellous! Thank you!

  16. Gordon

    What a help. Thank you.

  17. Christopher Parker

    Thanks! I just went through five different sites with various recommendations and yours is the only one that worked. Took all of 2 seconds.

  18. Fej Meowlith

    Thank-you, this one worked for me.!

  19. Radar_Blip

    bingo! Thanks!

  20. Denis

    Angela, you are a ‘G’. Thank you.

  21. ?????????

    Many thanks.

  22. Another success story checking in. Thanks!

  23. http.serena

    Thanks so much! This actually solved my problem instead of the actual post

  24. Yuuuuup

    yeah it’s funny I saw this because I set mine to auto-hide yesterday and noticed the speaker icon today. Restarting Windows Explorer in the task manager fixed the issue instantly for me

  25. Steel Cr8

    Thanks alot ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Peter Downey

    Thanks very much.

  27. Zach House

    THIS IS BRILLIANT! Thank you so much!

  28. Stewart Edwards

    Worked for me – thank you!


    Fixes it every time.
    Also, CTRL+Shift+Esc to quickly access task manager.

  30. N Thankey

    fantastic, thank you so much for all your help.

  31. R B Easwaran

    I had the problem of the volume icon disappearing from the tray…Did the restart suggested by you and it came back!!! Searched many sites and several solutions…but yours is the only solution that worked…and in seconds..!! Thanks

  32. gary

    Thank you worked like a charm

  33. 12445 yam

    Dude thnx to you i got my volume back TEEHEE ;)!

  34. Kim Ann

    Mine aren’t greyed out, they aren’t there???

  35. Silent Political Yeoman

    You’ll have to right-click on the task bar, hit Settings all the way at the bottom of the popup window, and then click on “Select which icons appear on the task bar”. If Volume and/or Power are both greyed out, you’ll need to restart Windows Explorer via Task Manager.

  36. Paul Read

    Good job! Thanks for the Restart Explorer tip – works for me too!

  37. Paul Read

    Good job! Thanks for the tip – works great! If you apply for a job at Mr Gates’ company, I’ll give you a recommendation!

  38. Paul Read

    no need to restart computer – read Silent Political Yeoman’s posting above.

  39. Gregory Craig

    Holy Hell! That was easy! Thanks for the tip!!

  40. f**kwindows10

    I can’t believe how Windows 10 can feel like a public alpha test of some software, even though it’s been out a good amount of time. It’s so incredibly broken I’m close to giving Linux a go with a VM for Windows, only for the programs I need it for…

  41. Debbie

    The fix works for me but when I log off my laptop and log back on the volume icon has disappeared again.

    Is there a fix that will keep the icon there as it’s very frustrating having to do go through this every time I log off ๐Ÿ™

  42. Zi Nuo Zhao

    this thing happens to me now after a windows updating, so why do they think it would be good to make it disappear? I don’t get what microsoft is thinking……………………….

  43. Zi Nuo Zhao

    it works this way!! thanks! all back

  44. Narsak_lekerk

    Awesome! It worked for me as well, thanks!

  45. SuPuP

    Damn, you sir saved me lot of headache!

  46. sparkypi

    None of these solutions worked:
    1. “turn system icons on or off” does not exist
    2. I don’t have explorer, just Chrome and Edge (if you’re wondering, I did have the sound icon before, but after recent update it’s gone)
    3. I don’t have windows 10 group policy whatever that is

  47. Chim Park

    Wow thankyou it helps for me. Genius. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Jesper

    That was really helpful! Thanks a lot, Silent Political Yeoman!

    And thanks to AnandK@TWC for writing an article about this, enabling the best and most straightforward solution to be posted as a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Isaiah lange

    wow thank you so much this worked!!!

  50. Eric Breaux

    The sound icon doesn’t show up on the system menu on my computer or taskbar. Other problems I have are that my laptop doesn’t turn off when closed even though I have it set to do that and my battery icon always shows that the battery isn’t present even though it is. I need the charger put in, which automatically turns it on and it works without a battery in.

  51. Mwewe

    The “Turn system icon on or off” link is now located in a different place in the 6/18 version of Windows 10.

  52. Kathy Ferrell

    This is 2018 and this STILL is the one and only solution that worked for me as well! I’ve read and tried many different procedures, but this is the only one that actually works! THANK YOU So MUCH!

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