Notification Area

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

The notification area in Windows 10.Sometimes referred to as the system tray, Systray, shell notification area, or taskbar status area, the notification area provides users with information about various aspects of their operating system such as the time and date, Internet connection status, and the current volume level. It is also a place in which users may view or launch certain background programs.

Where is the notification area?

The notification area is located on the far right side of the Windows taskbar. It was first introduced with Windows 95 and is found in all subsequent versions of Windows. Newer versions of Windows feature and up arrow that allows users to show or hide program icons.

Common notification area icons

  • Volume (speakers/headphones) - This icon looks like a loudspeaker viewed from its side. It allows quick access to your computer's volume settings and shows which output device is currently being utilized.
  • Power - On laptops only, you'll see a Power Cord icon if your computer is plugged into an outlet.
  • Network connection - If your computer is connected to the Internet via a network cable or through WiFi, you should see an icon that looks like a monitor or one shaped like a fan with up to five convex lines running from top to bottom.
  • Antivirus program - Each antivirus program has its own set of notification icons.
  • Windows update notification - These icons vary in each version of Windows. They notify a user that there are Windows updates available for download and installation.

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