Over the past few days, some of our readers have informed us that the volume icon is no longer displayed in the taskbar. If the volume icon is not on the taskbar, the first thing to do is make sure it is enabled in Windows. Enter the settings menu using the Start menu or by right-clicking an empty space on the taskbar. In the notification area of the taskbar menu, click the Turn the system on or off icon.
Why Might The Icon Disappear From Your Computer
The sound notification icon is missing from the taskbar for many reasons. Here are some of them that we found and suggested.
And Management 1. Restart File Explorer Via Task Manager
The volume control icon may not respond intermittently for unknown reasons. The fastest way to fix the problem is to restart the explorer shell.
- Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
- On the Processes tab in Task Manager, scroll down to the Windows Processes category.
- Right-click Windows Explorer in the list and select Restart.
(For more information, see the article “Close File Explorer and restart File Explorer in Windows 10”)
This will restart Shell Explorer and update the Start Menu and Taskbar (Shell Experience Host). Check if the volume control is working now.
Fix 2: Activate The Old Volume Slider
To determine if a new shell is causing the problem, you can use a registry change to enable the legacy volume slider.
- Run Regedit.exe and go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion
- Create a subsection named
- With the MTCUVC key selected, create a new DWORD value (32 bits) named
EnableMtcUvcwith a data value of 0 enables a drop-down menu for legacy volume controls. …
- Close the registry editor.
We have now enabled a slider to control the old style Windows 7 volume in Windows 10. No reboot is required after changing the registry.
Fix 3: Ez Run Audio Patch
Although sound may work fine, check if the sound troubleshooter detects a misconfiguration on your system. To run the sound troubleshooter, click Start – Settings – Update