Many users face the problem when the volume icon in the tray suddenly disappears. This is inconvenient when setting up external audio devices, and it is not always obvious how to fix the situation. To prevent the error from repeating in the future, you need to find out why this is happening and make the appropriate settings.
In different situations, the reason may be damaged drivers, malware, or incompatibility of certain components when installing a new application. Below we will analyze several ways to solve the problem, but first you should try to simply restart the computer, since in many situations this is enough.
Solution 1. Restart File Explorer
In some cases, the system crashes, so restarting Explorer can be helpful in solving many minor Windows problems. This is done as follows:
- Press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
- Open the Processes tab and find File Explorer.
- Right-click on it and select Restart.
- If there is no explorer in the list of processes, press Win + R, and enter the command explorer.exe, and then Ok.
- This will open the explorer folder and the desired process will be displayed in the Task Manager.
Solution 2: customize icons manually
The disappearance of any icon from the tray may be due to a change in settings after installing third-party software. You must make sure that the display of the icon is activated, or turn it on, if deactivated.
- Right click on the Windows icon and go to Settings.
- Select the System section and click Notifications & Actions.
- Click on the Actions item, and manually configure the display of the necessary icons.
Solution 3. Update your drivers
Outdated drivers may be incompatible with the current version of Windows, so you need to keep them up to date. This can be done automatically using auxiliary programs or manually in Device Manager.
- Press Win + R to open the Run window.
- Enter the command hdwwiz.cpl and press Enter.
- In the Device Manager window that opens, expand the Sound, game and video devices section.
- Right click on the driver and select Update.
- In the next window, start Automatic search for updated software.
- After completing the process, reboot the system.
Solution 4: Check for Windows updates
If everything is fine with the drivers, there is a possibility that there is a problem with system updates. They can be disabled, the update file can be downloaded with errors or installed incorrectly. It is necessary to check whether this is so.
- Right click on the Windows icon and go to Control Panel.
- Open the Windows Update section and check for updates.
- Install the required patches and reboot the system.
Solution 5. Check Windows Group Policy settings
Another option may be a failure in the system file responsible for displaying the sound icon. Make sure the setting is enabled.
- Launch the Run window by pressing Win + R.
- Copy and paste the gpedit.msc command and click OK.
- In the window that opens, in the User Configuration subsection, expand the Administrative Templates category and select Start> Taskbar.
- Scroll through the policy settings to Remove Volume Control Icon.
- Double click on it with LMB to check its status.
- If a policy setting is enabled, set it to Not Configured or Disabled.
- Click OK to save your changes.
Solution 6: Check the system for viruses
When malicious software is installed on a user’s computer, it can change many files and system settings, including the display of certain symbols and notifications. Therefore, if the problem was not solved by one of the previous methods, you need to scan Windows with the built-in defender or third-party antivirus.
- Go to the Control Panel as described above.
- Select the Windows Defender option and run a full scan of your computer.