System Tray Overflow Menu also known as the ‘Taskbar Corner Overflow menu’ or ‘Hidden Icon menu’ is an overflow menu in the bottom-right of the screen that lets you quickly access apps and features you may use on a regular basis such as Microsoft OneDrive, antivirus programs, Bluetooth devices, CCleaner, etc.
It is already possible to show or hide individual icons in the System tray but now Windows 11 lets you show or hide the entire System Tray Overflow menu in the Taskbar. If you are upgraded to the next version of Windows 11 (version 22H2), you can hide the System Tray menu from the Taskbar. Let us see how to do that.
Hide or Show System Tray Overflow Menu in Windows 11
Many apps and system process are hidden on Windows 11 when they are running in the background. But you can find and access the hidden app icons by clicking the Up arrow (System Tray menu) at the right end of the taskbar.
The September update (22H2) of Windows 11 adds a new option to the Taskbar settings page that completely removes the system tray menu (arrow-up icon) from the taskbar notification area. Here’s a step-by-step for hiding the system tray menu from the taskbar in Windows 11:
Open Windows Settings by clicking the Start icon and selecting ‘Settings’ from the menu. Or, simply press Win+I.
In the Settings menu, go to the ‘Personalization’ section from the list on the right, and then select ‘Taskbar’ on the left.
Alternatively, you can right-click an empty area of the taskbar and select ‘Taskbar settings’ from the menu.
After that, scroll down through the Taskbar settings menu and click the ‘Other system tray icons’ menu to reveal system tray icons options.
To hide the System try menu from the taskbar, turn ‘Off’ the toggle next to the ‘Hidden icon menu’ option.
The system tray overflow menu will immediately disappear from the taskbar corner. This will also hide all the hidden app icons with in the System tray.
To show the system tray overflow menu on the taskbar, turn ‘On’ the toggle next to the ‘Hidden icon menu’ option.
Show System Tray or App Icons without System Tray Menu
However, some icons are all always need to be in the taskbar notification area like ‘Safe Eject Media’, ‘OneDrive status indicator’, ‘Windows Security’, etc. Besides, you cannot close certain applications like OneDrive if they do not appear in the right end corner of the taskbar.
You can still hide the System tray menu (Hidden icon menu) with all the unnecessary icons and leave the one you need the most in the taskbar corner. Here’s how you do this:
Right-click on any empty space on the taskbar and select ‘Taskbar settings’.
In the Taskbar settings page, click on the ‘Other system tray icons’ tile to reveal options.
Next, disable the ‘Hidden icon menu’ option to hide the system tray menu from the taskbar.
Now, toggle the slider next to any apps or system icons you want to display on the taskbar corner.
Now, the icons you turn on will appear in the taskbar notification area and the ones you leave off will still remain the hidden system tray overflow menu.
Display System Tray Icons with Drag and Drop
Another way to display the icons on the taskbar corner is using the drag and drop method. You can drag the icons you want to display on the taskbar corner out of the overflow menu.
Click the up Up arrow button to show the hidden icons in the overflow menu. Then, click and hold the app icon you want to display on the taskbar, then drag and drop the icon over the Up arrow button.
You can effortlessly move the icons out of the overflow menu to the taskbar notification area using the drag and drop method.