There are six easy ways to return the volume icon to the Windows 10 taskbar.
The volume icon is one of the items that appears in your taskbar’s system tray. This icon makes it easy for you to check the volume level of your PC. You can easily adjust the volume by tapping the icon or clicking on it using the mouse or touchpad.
The problem with this icon is that it sometimes suddenly disappears from the system tray. Let’s show you how to get it back if it’s lost.
Check Whether Volume Icon is Hidden or Not
To solve this problem, start by checking if the volume icon is hidden or not. There is a high chance that this icon could be hidden along with some of your system tray icons.
To confirm whether it is hidden or not, press the up arrow at the far right of the taskbar. If you find the volume icon, drag and drop it back into the system tray.
Turn on Volume Icon Using Taskbar Settings
- Right-click an empty area on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.
- In the next window, scroll down and press Select which icons appear on the taskbar.
- Find the volume icon settings and turn on the button.
Restart or Reinstall Sound Driver
A corrupted sound driver can cause this problem. In this case, you can restart or reinstall this driver to restore the missing volume icon.
Here’s how you can restart your sound driver:
- Press the button Windows + X and select Device Manager from the menu options.
- Double click option Sound, video, and game controllers to expand it.
- Right click Sound drivers and select Disable device.
- Finally, right click Sound drivers and select Enable device. Restart your PC when you are done.
If the problem persists, try reinstalling the driver Sound. Here’s how you can do it:
- open Device Manager and Sound drivers according to the previous step.
- Right click Sound drivers and select Uninstall device.
- Navigate to tab Action and select Scan for hardware changes.
Restart your PC. This will automatically reinstall the Sound driver.
Restart/Restart Windows Explorer
Restarting Windows File Explorer can be an easy way to restore the missing volume icon. Here’s how you can do it:
- Right click an empty area Taskbar you and choose Task Manager.
- In tab Processes, scroll down and find process Windows Explorer.
- Right click on Windows Explorer and press Restart.
Restore Volume Icon Using Local Group Policy Editor
Using the Local Group Policy Editor can also help restore your lost volume icon. To get started, here’s what you need to do:
- Press the button Windows + R to open the Run command dialog box.
- Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
- In the left pane, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates.
- Double click option Start Menu and Taskbar.
- Next, double click the option Remove the volume control icon.
In the next window, select Disabled or Not Configured of the options that appear. From there, press Apply, Press OK, and restart your PC.
Restore Volume Icons Using Registry Editor
Another way to restore the missing volume icon is to use the Registry Editor. To do this, here are the steps you can follow:
- Press the button Windows + R, type Regedit, and press Enter.
- In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.
- Double click entry HideSCAVolume on the right side panel.
- Change the value to 0 (zero), then press OK.
If the HideSCAVolume Key is not available, create it by following these steps:
- Navigate to key Explorer in the Registry Editor according to the previous step.
- Right click on the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Rename the new key to HideSCAVolume.
- Double click this key, change the value to 0, then press OK.
Adjust Your PC Volume Level Easily on Taskbar
The volume icon makes it easy to adjust the volume level of your PC. If it suddenly disappeared from your taskbar, you should be able to restore it using the tips we provided.