Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
The volume indicator allows you to control the sound output by your computer. It can disappear, and the option to enable it has moved around a little.
My sound icon has disappeared. How can I find where to make it show back up on my tray at the bottom of my computer screen?
Not to be confused with an on-screen volume indicator, what we're discussing here is a small icon that sits in the system tray, typically on the right hand side of the screen from which you can adjust the sound output volume.
The good news is that it's typically a simple system setting to display it or not.
First let's identify the little guy:
The sound icon in Windows XP
The sound icon in Windows Vista
The sound icon in Windows 7
As you can see, it's a small speaker icon. Click on it and you typically get the global volume control, right-click on it and you'll get additional options.
If it's there, that is.
And as it turns out, the option to display it has taken a little trip, moving to three different places in three different versions of Windows: XP, Vista and Windows 7.
In Control Panel, open the Sounds and Audio Devices applet and click on the Volume tab.
Check, or uncheck, the Place volume icon in the taskbar option as you like.
Right click on the task bar, and click on Properties, then click on the Notification Area tab:
Right click on the clock and click on Properties:
Regardless of where it ran off to, the option's there in all three versions of Windows, so you can elect to show the sound icon, or not, as you wish.