enter image description here It took me ages to find this setting. But as you can see in the picture, I don't have the Notification (Action) center icon on my Taskbar. And in a Settings app it appears grayed, though ON. I still am getting notifications, but if I missed to click on them, I can't review them anymore...

How can I get my Action center to appear onmy Taskbar?

  • did you find solution ? Mar 2, 2019 at 3:09
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    I just gave up and reinstalled the OS completely. Someone mantioned malware being involved and I am not waiting for solutions then :) Mar 29, 2020 at 14:51

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Go to Control Panel | Notification Area Icons. Click "Turn System icons on or off" and make sure that the icon for Action Center is set to On:

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If your setting is grayed out, this can have to do with local / domain group policy. Another possibility: the windows security center is not running.

Take a look: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/e348996a-a2a5-4af4-860e-2bdf38e64c06/greyed-out-action-center-settings?forum=winservergen

I you want to unlock the buttons start this service: "wscsvc" ( windows security center )

If you stop that service, you'll have the greyed out options but everything else in the action center will work.

  • In windows 10 (as of 28-08-2018) the setting to edit which system icons are shown, is under Settings | Personalization | Taskbar | Notification Area.
    – Loyalar
    Aug 28, 2018 at 10:15

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