So, tell me, has your Safely Remove Hardware icon ever disappeared from your system tray? You know, the icon you use to safely disconnect your USB devices. Even though your device is still plugged in, the icon is gone and you’re left stranded without a safe way to remove it. So, what do you do? Well, most people go ahead and pull the device out on their own, but that’s really not the proper way to do it. Doing that can cause severe damage to your hardware. Luckily, there’s an easy way to get your Safely Remove Hardware icon back up and running. Try this!

To restore your Safely Remove Hardware icon, go to your Start menu, right click on it and choose Properties.

Next, click on the Taskbar tab at the top of the dialogue window.

Once you’ve done that, click on the Customize button.

In the Customize Notification(s) dialogue box, scroll down until you come across the Safely Remove Hardware option. Next, click on the down arrow next to it and select Always Show. Then click OK.

The Safely Remove Hardware icon will then reappear in your system tray and you can go back to removing your hardware the right way. Oh yeah!

~Tweety Dimes