Usually, we check the network connectivity by seeing the Network Icon on the taskbar, this icon is useful to give you a visual indication of the network connection status of your computer that you use to connect to wireless network, wired Ethernet network, dial-up or other network connections. This icon shows three types of status connected, not- connected, Connected but no internet access. And also, this icon is used to connect to the Wi-Fi with a single click and it’s also you can see the listed Wi-Fi networks. Recently one the user reported that in his laptop the network icon was missing and also the Wi-Fi network is also not listing.

Today in this guide we will see how to fix Network Icon on Taskbar Missing in all possible solution.

Solutions 1: Check the Notification Setting

At first, if you notice the network icon missing, check the notification setting, Open setting from the start menu.

  • Click on system and Notifications & actions.

Opening settings-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

  • Once you entered in notifications & actions setting, under the quick actions tab click on Add or remove quick actions.

click on add or remove quick actions-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

  • Check on the network Quick action icon is turned on or not, If not enable it.

clicking on network quick actions-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

Solution 2:  Enable the Networking Icon to Appear in the Notifications Area

  • Right click on the Taskbar and choose Taskbar settings.
  • Under the Notification area section select which icon should appear on the Taskbar.

enabling the Toggle switch in the taskbar-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

  • Enable the Network Toggle switch to make it appear in the Taskbar.

Solution 3: Restart the Windows Explorer.

  • Launch the Windows Task Manager by using the keyboard combinations Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right clicking on the taskbar and then selecting ‘Task Manager’
  • In the ‘Processes or Details’ tab, find ‘Explorer’
  • Right-click Windows Explorer or explorer.exe and then select Restart. In Windows 7 select End Process.

Restrating the windows explorer-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

  • Click on File > Create New Task/New Task
  • Type explorer.exe in the field and then press enter.

Solution 4: ReBuild the Icon Cache.

You may wonder why I have to rebuild the icon cache for network icon not appearing issue. Because icon cache corruption may happen sometimes, causing wrong icons to show up for certain programs or in certain areas of the Windows shell, or no icons at all. Rebuilding icon cache will clear all the corrupted icons and reset the icon cache. To know more about icon cache click here.

To clear the icons cache in Windows 10, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. From the View tab, select Hidden items
  3. Then select Show selected items
  4. Go to C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer, where C:\ is the drive where you installed Windows 8 or 8.1 and User is the username of your account profile
  5. Select all files that begin with icon cache
  6. Right­-click on these files
  7. Click Delete. To delete these files faster, press the Shift + Delete keys.
  8. Empty the Recycle Bin and restart the PC once.

Solution 5: Restarting the Network Service List.

  • Open Run command by pressing Windows + R and type services.msc.
  • Open services management console and search for Network List Service.

Restrating the network service list-Network Icon on Taskbar Missing

  • Right Click on Network List Service and choose Properties.
  • And select the startup type to Manual. And Start the service. If the service is already started restart the service once again.

Mostly this Solution will resolve the issue.

Solution 6: Check the Registry editor.

  • Press the Windows + R, type ‘regedit’ and then hit Enter.

Navigate to the following registry key


  • Under this key, locate the Config entry, right click on delete it. Don’t panic if you didn’t see this entry, it’s perfectly fine.Restart your computer. The config entry will automatically be reconstructed during a reboot.