How to disable “Show hidden icons” taskbar overflow menu

The overflow menu also called the system tray or “show hidden icons” in Windows 11, hides icons that do not require immediate attention. The overflow menu is represented as an arrow pointing upward.

The arrow points up means in Windows 11 that the user can click on it to display the underlying icons. For example, suppose you are someone who likes to keep an overview and wants to disable the system tray. In that case, you will have to set all the underlying icons to always be displayed.

Displaying each individual icon in the overflow menu disables the system tray in Windows 11. I have added two images to clarify what you will be modifying.

Before:

task bar - show hidden icons button

After:

all icons in the system tray visible

How to disable “Show hidden icons” taskbar overflow menu

Click on free space on the taskbar. Then, in the menu click on taskbar settings.

Open taskbar settings

As indicated in the introduction text. You need to display each individual icon in the overflow menu settings. Displaying all icons makes the overflow menu disappear.

Click the arrow to display the “taskbar corner overflow” icons. Then change all icons to “on”. You will see after this that the overflow menu is disabled.

change all taskbar corner overflow icons to on

Also read: how to add bluetooth button to the system tray in Windows 11.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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