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

About Notification Area Icon/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. Also, 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) 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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Fix Missing Notification Area Icon in Windows 10

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.


windows 10 search barStep 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. Fix Missing Notification Area Icon in Windows 10 Click To Tweet

That is always good to back up Registry Editor before we make any changes. Click here to know, how to back up and restore Windows Registry.

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Step 3. Now locate/navigate to below given paths to in order to make values default:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

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Step 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.

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Step 5. Right-click on DisableNotificationCenter and select Modify…

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Step 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 = 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 Taskbar

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

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