How to move Copilot Taskbar button to System Tray on Windows 11 (preview)

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Windows 11 Copilot button in System Tray
Windows 11 Copilot button in System Tray

On Windows 11 build 25992, Microsoft is experimenting with positioning the Copilot button in the Taskbar’s System Tray instead of next to the Start button.

At the time of writing, this is a hidden feature, and you can enable it using the “ViveTool” tool (via @PhantomOfEarth) available through GitHub. Once the feature is enabled, you will notice that the icon will appear as the first item on the right side, next to the Notification icon.

However, the feature won’t enable an additional option in the Settings app or anywhere to change the position, suggesting that Microsoft is considering permanently relocating Copilot to the System Tray. If this is the case, it could also be possible that the company may be planning to change the button style to fit in the notification area.

In this guide, I will teach you how to add the Copilot button to the System Tray on Windows 11.

Relocate Copilot button to Taskbar System Tray

To move the Copilot button to the System Tray on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open GitHub website.

  2. Download the file to move Copilot to the System Tray.

  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.

  4. Click the Extract all button.

    Extract ViveTool files

  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Copy the path to the folder.

  7. Open Start.

  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:

    cd c:\folder\path\ViveTool-v0.x.x

    In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path.

  10. Type the following command to move the Copilot button to the System Tray and press Enter:

    vivetool /enable /id:46874360
  11. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, you will notice the same Copilot button on the right side of the Taskbar, where the Notifications icon appears. 

Copilot button move to System Tray
Copilot button move to System Tray

If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step 10, make sure to use the  vivetool /disable /id:46874360 command and then restart the computer.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].