How to Add the Sound Icon to the Windows Taskbar

by Kefa Olang

The volume icon is generally displayed in the Notifications Area on the taskbar. This makes modifying volume when using programs, applications or the Internet simple and convenient because you do not need to go through the Control Panel to do so. The volume icon usually disappears from the taskbar if it is disabled from view. Fortunately, you can add the sound icon back to the taskbar in Windows Vista and 7 using a quick process.

Windows Vista

Click the "Start" menu, click "taskbar" in the "Start Search" box and then click "Customize icons on the taskbar." The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window launches.

Click the "Notifications Area" tab, and then select the "Volume" check box under "System Icons."

Click "Apply," and then click "OK" to save your changes. You should now see the volume icon on the taskbar.

Windows 7

Right-click the "taskbar," and click "Properties." A new dialog box launches.

Click the "Notifications Area" tab, and then click the "Customize" button. A new dialog box launches.

Scroll down the new box, and select "Show Icon and Notifications" next to "Volume." Click "OK" to save your changes. You should now see the volume icon on the taskbar.

About the Author

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.