Is there a way to create groups for icons in the notification area on Windows 10?

I.e. create a single "group" icon you can click to open a small window that shows the icons of all the members of this group, similar to what you get when you disable the "Always show all icons in the notification area" setting and get that arrow you can click to view the hidden icons, as displayed in this image:

Notification area expansion

That's exactly what I want to have, but with icons of my own choosing and possibly multiple such "expanding" icons.

I don't mind coding something to get this done, but if there's an already-existing way to do it that'd be nicer.

(In case you're wondering why I want this, I wish to create an "AutoHotkey" group for all my active AutoHotkey scripts.)

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This can be done by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting "New toolbar":

New Toolbar

Then simply choose a location for the toolbar. Just as an example, I created a folder named "AutoHotkey" and put some shortcuts in the folder just so you could see how it looks:

New Toolbar look

I know it doesn't have that neat looking ^ but it gets the job done. Hope it helps!

  • Thank you for the idea, but this just makes a directory of your choosing accessible from the taskbar. It doesn't relate to the icons in the notification area at all. What I'm looking for is conceptually a way to take icons that you already have in your notification area, hide them, and add a new icon that shows the icons you've hidden when you click on it. Commented Sep 25, 2017 at 14:22

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