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How to Show Network Icon on Taskbar in Windows 7, 8 or 10

Is your Network icon disappeared? You might be thinking where it can go leaving the system’s tray. Well, this thing bugs you a lot because now you are not able to see your Wi-Fi signals, which Wi-Fi is connected and how to change the network connection.

This thing does not relate to not having the Wi-Fi connection; you can still experience the issue even when you are connected to Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. It is something else, related to system’s settings; reasons can be many so here will try all the possible ways to take it back.

How to Show Network Icon on Taskbar in Windows 7, 8 or 10?

#1 Brings Back The Icon Using The Taskbar

In Windows 7: It is an easy technique that can solve the issue in just a few seconds so doesn’t wait because here are the steps:

  • Go to your taskbar and right click to choose Properties
  • It will open up the Properties, go to Taskbar tab and then click the optionCustomize’ that you can see near the ‘Notification Area.’
  • Here you can see a sentence saying ‘Turn system icons on or off.’ Just check it to turn it on

Turn system icons on or off windows 7

  • Also, go to Icons and Behaviours and check all the icons to Show icon and notifications
  • Click OK and exit all the windows. Now you can see that Network icon on the taskbar.

In Windows 8/8.1/10

  • Go to taskbar and right click
  • Select Settings and go to Notification area
  • Scroll down to find Turn system icons on or off and toggle it to on

Turn system icons on or off windows 10

#2 Use Services.Msc And Restart the Network Services

We have already repeated this step of opening up ‘services.msc’ but this time let’s do it for the Network icon. 

  • Press windows key and R and write services.msc and hit enter
  • A list will be in front of your eyes having all the service; there you need to search for the following service:

Restart the Network Services using services.msc

  • Remote procedure call – you have to start this service and only then others will work
  • Network Connections
  • Plug and Play
  • Com+ Event System
  • Remote Access Connection Manager
  • Telephony

Once you find all these services, your task is to start all of them. Just right-click and select Start.

#3 Restart the Windows Explorer

It will include launching the task manager and make some tweaks there, so get started:

In Windows 8/8.1/10

  • Press windows key and X and select Task Manager or you can also press a combination of Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  • In the Task Manager, go to Processes tab and there look for Explorer
  • Once you find it, right-click it and choose Restart
  • Windows will restart this process

In Windows 7

Restart the Windows Explorer Windows 7

  • Go to the process named Explorer and right click it
  • Now, select End process
  • Next, go to File and choose to Create New Task
  • Type the name of the process explorer.exe and hit enter

#5 Use Registry

If any of the previous methods do not work then proceed to the Registry of your system and bring the wireless icon back on the taskbar.

use registry bring the wireless icon back on the taskbar

  • Press windows key and R and type:regedit.’
  • After hitting enter, it will open up the Registry
  • Don’t get confused and just follow this path from the left panel: HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network
  • Once you are there, you will see an entry Config, just click and delete it
  • Now you won’t see it anymore and restart your PC

After restarting your PC, Windows will automatically create the file you just deleted. For those who do not find the file Config can leave this solution.

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