Personalization Show or Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar in Windows 11


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The pen menu in Windows 11 makes it easy for you to access your favorite apps.

If you have a pen, tap it on your screen. The pen menu will appear in the corner of your taskbar.

You can add up to four apps as shortcuts to your pen menu.

See also:

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the pen menu icon on the taskbar system tray for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Show or Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar System Tray in Settings
  • Option Two: Show or Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar System Tray using REG file


EXAMPLE: pen menu

Pen_menu_icon.jpg





Option One

Show or Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar System Tray 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)

Open Taskbar settings

Pen_menu_icon_Settings-1.png

3 Under Taskbar corner icons or System tray icons (build 22572), turn On or Off (default) Pen menu for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Pen_menu_icon_Settings-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Show or Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar System Tray using REG file


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

2 Show Pen Menuicon on Taskbar System Tray

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

Show_pen_menu_icon_on_taskbar_system_tray.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PenWorkspace]
"PenWorkspaceButtonDesiredVisibility"=dword:00000001

3 Hide Pen Menu icon on Taskbar System Tray

This is the default setting.


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

Hide_pen_menu_icon_on_taskbar_system_tray.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PenWorkspace]
"PenWorkspaceButtonDesiredVisibility"=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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Archigos

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I have a touch screen and a pen, however, turning that option on does not display the icon/menu. :( Stupid HP.
 

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I have a touch screen and a pen, however, turning that option on does not display the icon/menu. :( Stupid HP.

Hello mate, :)

Normally, when turned on, you will have to be using the paired pen for the icon to actually show on the taskbar corner.
 

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Archigos

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Yeah, tried that, didn't work. :( I even used the pen to navigate and turn the feature on so it knew I was using it.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Big Sur
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
    CPU
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD

Archigos

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According to HP, my Stylus/Pen doesn't count as a Pen.. so that explains it.
 

My Computers

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro β
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Big Sur
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
    CPU
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
    Screen Resolution
    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    32GB NVME, 1TB SSD

Brink

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My Computers

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  • 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
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    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,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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