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Add or Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon in Windows 8.1


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The OneDrive Sync Engine Host notification area icon was introduced with the KB2923768 Windows Update in Windows 8.1, and included with the cumulative Windows 8.1 Update by default.

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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the OneDrive taskbar notification area icon in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.

Note   Note
The OneDrive notification area icon is only available while signed in to Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account.

If you sign in to Windows with a local account, then you will not have the OneDrive notification area icon available unless you sign in to the Store with your Microsoft account.


CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration to Add/Remove OneDrive Icon
  • Option Two: To Add or Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon with KB2923768
  • Option Three: To Hide or Show OneDrive Notification Area Icon
  • Option Four: Temporarily Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon in Task Manager
  • Option Five: To Show OneDrive Notification Area Icon by Running SkyDrive.exe Process




EXAMPLE: OneDrive taskbar notification area icon

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OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1
Enable or Disable OneDrive Integration to Add/Remove OneDrive Icon

Note   Note
If you do not use OneDrive, then you could disable OneDrive integration in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update to completely remove all traces of OneDrive.








OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1
To Add or Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon with KB2923768

Note   Note

  • You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.
  • This option only applies to Windows 8.1, and will affect all users on the PC.
  • This option will not work in Windows 8.1 Update.


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon

A) Uninstall the KB2923768 Windows Update, and restart the computer when prompted.

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3. To Add OneDrive Notification Area Icon
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Install the KB2923768 Windows Update, and restart the computer when prompted.

Note   Note
If the KB2923768 update is not already installed and unavailable in Windows Update, then you can also manually download and install the 32-bit or 64-bit KB2923768 for your same 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1 at the Microsoft link below.

Update improves OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) experience in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1







OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1 OPTION THREE OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1
To Hide or Show OneDrive Notification Area Icon

Note   Note
This option will only affect your Microsoft account in Windows 8.1.

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1. Open your Notification Area Icons settings, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Hide OneDrive Notification Area Icon

A) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (see screenshot below)

B) For OneDrive Sync Engine Host, select either Hide icon and notifications OR Only show notifications for what you want.

3. To Show OneDrive Notification Area Icon
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Check the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (see screenshot below)

OR

B) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box, and select Show icons and notifications for OneDrive Sync Engine Host.


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OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1 OPTION FOUR OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1
Temporarily Remove OneDrive Notification Area Icon in Task Manager

Note   Note
This option will only affect your user account.

The next time you open the modern OneDrive app or sign in to Windows, the OneDrive notification area icon will return.


1. Open the Task Manager in more details view.

2. In the Processes tab, click/tap on OneDrive Sync Engine Host to select it, and click/tap on the End task button. (see screenshot below)

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3. Move the pointer over the OneDrive Name:  OneDrive_Icon.jpg
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4. You can now close Task Manager if you like.





OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1 OPTION FIVE OneDrive Notification Icon - Add or Remove in Windows 8.1
To Show OneDrive Notification Area Icon by Running SkyDrive.exe Process

Note   Note
This option is for when your issue is only that the SkyDrive.exe process is not running in the background for the One Drive notification area icon to show.


1. Run the C:\Windows\System32\SkyDrive.exe file.






That's it,
Shawn