Personalization Add or Remove Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the notifications bell icon on the taskbar corner for your account in Windows 11.

Notifications will now show as a bell in the system tray and when new notifications come through, the bell will colorize based on your system accent color. When there are no notifications and the clock is visible, the bell will be empty.

As a hidden feature in Windows 11 build 22635.3790 (Beta), you can now turn on (add) or off (remove) showing the notifications bell icon on the taskbar system tray (corner) on demand.

If you wanted to try this hidden feature now, you will need to enable it using the ViVeTool command below before the options in this tutorial are available.

vivetool /enable /id:49082522



Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Two: Add or Remove Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Add or remove notifications bell icon on taskbar system tray (corner)

Add_notification_bell.png


Remove_notification_bell.png





Option One

Add or Remove Notification Bell icon on Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (WIn+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Personalize_Taskbar.png

3 Click/tap on Taskbar behaviors on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Under Taskbar behaviors, check (add - default) or Uncheck (remove) Show notifications bell icon for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Show_notification_bell_icon.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Add or Remove Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_notifications_bell_icon_on_taskbar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowNotificationIcon"=dword:00000001

3 Remove Notifications Bell icon on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_notifications_bell_icon_on_taskbar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"ShowNotificationIcon"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Your options are triggered if this feature is enabled in the build. Otherwise, you need to enable the function via ViveTool with the key 49082522 beforehand.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion g7 1372sr
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 1672 09.4C
    Memory
    8 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 7400M Series
    Sound Card
    Устройство с поддержкой High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Универсальный монитор PnP
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 870 EVO 500GB, KINGSTON SA400S37240G
I tried the vivetool enablement on 24H2 26100.994, rebooted, and had no option to show/not show the bell. Maybe I misread what @Brink said above.
 

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    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
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    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
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    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
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    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
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    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
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    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion g7 1372sr
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 1672 09.4C
    Memory
    8 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 7400M Series
    Sound Card
    Устройство с поддержкой High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Универсальный монитор PnP
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 870 EVO 500GB, KINGSTON SA400S37240G
Yes. That's right, only Beta for now, but still, if it's not already in Settings, you should pre-apply ViveTool.
Correct. The feature must be enabled by ViveTool before having the tutorial options available.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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