How to ALWAYS show all icons on the Windows 11 taskbar

To always show all system tray icons in Windows 11:

Open the Run prompt (Win+R) and execute the following nonsense:

explorer shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

In the dialog that appears, there will be a checkbox to always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar.

Original source of information: TheWindowsClub


As always, with Windows 11 Microsoft is continuing its long tradition of trying to force upon everyone their own very specific ways of doing things, which range from the fully retarded to the outrageously retarded. Casual users and new users might not know the difference, but every single old power user on the planet is likely to get pissed off.

And as usual, when they change things, they follow the creeping approach: 

  • Windows 95 supported taskbar icons: if an application had a taskbar icon, then the icon would appear on the taskbar, simple as that.
  • Windows XP allowed you to choose to hide some icons. Okay, whatever.
  • Windows 7 started only showing the taskbar icons of Microsoft applications and hiding icons from anyone else by default, (*1) but at least the option to always show all taskbar icons was easy to reach.
  • Windows 10 required you to go digging into settings to find the option to show taskbar icons from others.
  • Now, with Windows 11 this option is not available anymore, at least not without magical incantations like the one shown here.
  • Judging by the obvious trend, the next version of windows will require launching RegEdit to fix this.

(*1) Note that for this move, they should have been sued to non-existence, but they were not, because 'murica and because complacency.


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