System tray / notification area disappeared post-update; can be restored; disappears again if Outlook is opened.


Windows updated last night. The News & Interests icon appeared; the entire system tray disappeared including time and date.

If I turn off "lock the taskbar" I can raise the taskbar

Which shows they are there.... lowering the taskbar again brings the system tray to the top,

and a rollover with the mouse 'cleans it'.

So it's back. Hooray! But not for long because (and this is the freaky bit) when I open Outlook or Skype (and so far it's only Outlook & Skype) the system tray disappears again.

So. How can I get the system tray to stay where it's supposed to be; & / or how can I roll back last night's upgrade?

Many thanks,



Hi Evan,

This is a known issue reported widely.

Taskbar problems kb-5003214 - Microsoft Community


You will see this if:

- KB5003214 is installed (KB5003637 in your case)

News and Interests on the taskbar is turned off, and

- Your DPI scaling (Settings|System|Display|Scale and layout is other (larger?) than 100%

Change any one of those, and the problem goes away.


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