How to Restore or Fix Missing Notification Area Icon or Action Center in Windows 10?

Fix Missing Notification Area Icon

What is Notification Area Icon or Action Center?

In Windows 10, you might have get into the problem wherein you lose Notification Area Icon/action center and want to fix missing notification area icon. The Notification area icon is located in the bottom right of your computer screen in the Taskbar. It is also known as Windows Action Center.

This will provide you the information about unread emails, app updates, pending updates, etc. wherein you will take an action by clicking on it.

In addition, shows you the shortcuts of Network, Windows Settings, Tablet Mode, Project, Connect, Bluetooth, etc. in order to get into customization.

Sometimes, due to some unknown changes in the registry or of any reason, Action Center/Notification Area Icon (check image below how it looks?) gets corrupted and doesn’t display you the icon to the end of the Windows Taskbar.

So the question is how do we restore or fix missing notification area icon?

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Restore Windows 10 Notification Icon or Action Center

If this happens, don’t worry, your problem will be resolved. Just we need to make registry value to default and you will get your Notification Area Icon back on the Taskbar.

This article will show you that how to fix missing notification area icon and action center. Read one by one step given below to get this issue resolved. Follow the steps given below:

Step 1. Press Win + S to see Windows 10 Search bar.

Step 2. Now type regedit in the Windows search bar. You will see the result at the top. Click on it to open Windows Registry Editor.

That is always good to back up Registry Editor before we make any changes.

[Read: How to Backup and Restore Windows Registry?]

how to fix missing notification area icon?Step 3. Now locate or navigate to below given paths to in order to make values default:


registryStep 4. While selecting Explorer now take a look on the right-side.

There is REG_DROWD key with the name of DisableNotificationCenter with the Data Value of (1). That means Action center has disabled.

disable notification centerStep 5. Right-click on DisableNotificationCenter and select Modify…

fix missing notification area icon windows 10Step 6. An Edit DROWD (32-bit) Value Window will appear with Value data 1.

We need to modify the value from 1 to 0 in order to Enable Action Center.

Then, click OK to close the Edit DROWD (32-bit) Value screen. Also, close the Registry Editor.

Values To Enable/Disable Action Center/Notification Center:

0 or delete key = To Enable
1 = To Disable

Step 7. Now to apply above changes, you may restart your Windows PC or just restart Windows Explorer from the Task Manager and you have successfully restored Action Center/Notification Center to the right end of the Taskbar.

Restart Windows Explorer from the Windows Task Manager

Open Windows Task Manager. Under the Tab Processes, locate Windows Explorer and right-click on it and select Restart.

[Read: 9 Different Tricks to Open Task Manager]

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2 thoughts on “How to Restore or Fix Missing Notification Area Icon or Action Center in Windows 10?

  1. There is no explorer section in registry where you pointed and no Windows Explorer process in the Task Manager.

    1. Try below steps:
      1. Right-click on empty space on Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings
      2. Turn system icons on of off
      3. Locate Action Center and use the toggle button to make it on
      Also, Windows Explorer is always stays in Task Manager under Processes Tab

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