Windows 11 - System Tray Icons Disapper For No Reason

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Hello everyone,
I recently installed Windows 11 and I am facing this issue where my notification tray icons disappear entirely including the date/time button and the wifi, Bluetooth toggle buttons.

I don't think I set it to behave this way.

I would like to add that the icons do reappear when I run a program that displays a consistent icon in the system tray like Skype, Spotify etc.

 

Here is a screenshot with no software that displays an icon in the system tray:

Taskbar_1.png

 

Here is a screenshot after I run Spotify:

Taskbar_2.png

 

I need help in fixing this. I would like the date and time and the wifi and volume buttons to appear all the time.

 

Windows Build Information:

Edition: Windows 11 Pro
Version: 21H2
Installed on: ‎2/‎12/‎2022
OS build: 22000.527
Experience: Windows Feature Experience Pack 1000.22000.527.0


Please let me know what I can do to fix it.

Thank You

9 Replies
Hello,

Suggest you to run System File Checker scan:

1. Search for 'command prompt' using Cortana or Windows Search.

2. From results, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

3. Type sfc /scannow command and press Enter key.

4. Let the command complete and then reboot the machine.

If issue still persists, perform clean boot:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows

Let us know if this helps!

@Kapil AryaThank you for the reply.

I did try your suggested steps.
Here is the result of the scan:

Normal Boot.png

I did restart the computer afterwards as well. That did not help either.

Please let me know what I can do further to get this resolved.
Thank You

Have you tried clean boot as well?
I actually did. Didnt work.
Could it be a bug?
I too am having this issue, and it seems random. Usually, when I restart the explorer.exe process it comes back but not always. If I find a permanent fix I will post it here.
Previously, I would just a launch a program like Spotify or Skype and keep that running.
Now, I have enabled the touch keyboard button. While I don't actually need it, it just keeps the whole thing working.
Your's looks like a more "severe" version of an issue I have been getting recently. Every time I start my machine I have noticed that the chevron ^ for the hidden applications menu is gone. All the apps are still running, I just can't access the menu to select and manage any of them.

The only solution I have found is to open the settings menu and go to the "Other system tray icons" section, and turn on all of the applications to always be visible, and then to turn them all off again. When I start turning them off, the chevron re-appears...

Not a clue why this started happening, however I have a feeling it was after the latest update was applied.
I have started getting the same issue from yesterday after I updated. Build 22610

@Benzyme wrote:
Your's looks like a more "severe" version of an issue I have been getting recently. Every time I start my machine I have noticed that the chevron ^ for the hidden applications menu is gone. All the apps are still running, I just can't access the menu to select and manage any of them.

The only solution I have found is to open the settings menu and go to the "Other system tray icons" section, and turn on all of the applications to always be visible, and then to turn them all off again. When I start turning them off, the chevron re-appears...

Not a clue why this started happening, however I have a feeling it was after the latest update was applied.

Very odd, but this does seem to work. Nothing else helps though.