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Published on 10.05.09 by Brent Trahan

Enable the Volume Icon in Windows 7

Add the volume icon to the notification icons in Windows 7 taskbar.

Enable Windows 7’s Volume Icon

  1. Right-click an empty space on the taskbar (the bar with the Start Orb and clock) and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Customize button in the Notification area section of the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window.


  3. Click Turn system icons on or off at the bottom left of the Notification Area Icons window.


  4. Set the Volume icon’s behavior to On and then click OK to save the changes.


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  1. Theo says:

    I clicked “Turn system icons on or off” but the dropbar next to volume is grayed out. What’s going on? Do I have to run this as administrator somehow?

  2. Theo says:

    I clicked “Turn system icons on or off” but the dropbar next to volume is grayed out. What’s going on? Do I have to run this as administrator somehow?

  3. Sarah says:

    That’s exactly what’s happpening to me also…….What a nuisance….

  4. Rich says:

    What a joke! It happened to me also. TOTALLY greyed out. I think this will be my last pc! “MACs are what PC’s will be like in 75 years!” – me.

    It’s like the I heard someone say at Best Buy “I’m partial to PC’s but then again I work on them all day” WTF!!!!

    • JV says:

      1. Back up the Registry by creating a restore point.
      2. Go to Start > Run (or Windows-key + R), type in regedit and hit OK.
      3. Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cla sses\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Wi ndows\CurrentVersion \TrayNotify.
      4. Delete the values IconStreams and PastIconsStream.
      5. Open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), go to the Processes tab, select explorer.exe and click End Process.
      6. Open the Applications tab and click New Task at the bottom-right of the window.
      7. In the message box that pops up type in explorer.exe and hit OK.
      8. Explorer.exe will reload, and the missing icons should now be back in the system-tray where they belong.
      9. Then if the volume bar isnt there, go to taskbar properties (where the volume was gray) and simply tick the box.

      this should work, did for me!

  5. Denise says:

    JV, thanks! The process you described worked for me. Muchas gracias!

  6. Nico says:

    OMG THANK U JV.. I was so scared at the deleting the explorer part but then it came back/// … LOLOLOL thanks a lot

  7. gabinga says:

    THANKS!!! God bless you.
    For win7 x64 work’s too!!! Thank you very much!!!

  8. rasyid says:

    I have a problem whit my Laptop..

    how to fix Volume Icon if in “turn system icons on or off” can’t be click.?


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