Display or hide the network icon in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

You can use this procedure to display or hide the network icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Notification Area tab.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To display the icon, select the Network check box.

    • To hide the icon, clear the Network check box.

  4. Click OK to save your changes.

  • The network icon provides the easiest access to the Network and Sharing Center from your desktop. If you remove the icon, then you can access the Network and Sharing Center by clicking Start, clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking View Network status and tasks.

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