Windows 11 allows moving Copilot to the system tray

Microsoft is testing a new feature for the Copilot. It can now be moved to the system tray. In this case, the taskbar button will disappear, and the Copilot icon will become the first button at the right screen edge. Clicking it will open the same sidebar, i.e. visually there will be no other changes.


Here's how it looks.

Copilot Tray Icon In Windows 11

As you can see in the screenshot above, it shifts the notification center icon to the left and takes its place. Similar to the bell icon, the Copilot button cannot be moved.

Enable Windows Copilot In System Tray

By default, this feature is hidden, and requires you to issue a ViVeTool command to activate it. It is available in both Build 23585 (Dev) and Build 25992 (Canary).

ℹ️ The latter is also notable for adding archive creation support for 7Z and TAR.

So, follow these steps to enable Copilot in system tray.

Enable Windows Copilot in System Tray

  1. Download ViVeTool from its GitHub page and extract it to the c:\vivetool folder.
  2. Now right-click Start,  and select Terminal(Admin).
  3. Finally, copy & paste the following command: c:\vivetool\vivetool /enable /id:46874360.
  4. Restart Windows 11.

Once you restart the OS, you will have the Copilot icon in the system tray. With this change enabled, right clicking the icon now opens/closes Copilot.

To undo the change, run the   c:\vivetool\vivetool /reset /id:46874360 command, again as Administrator, and restart Windows 11.

The current version of Copilot is only available to a limited set of countries, and it requires you to click on the Copilot taskbar icon or press Win + C to launch it. However, Microsoft is working on an extra option in Settings app to make the AI assistant start automatically when you sign in to the OS. There is now a dedication section for Copilot under Personalization. By the way, if you enable it in Build 23585 (Dev) and Build 25992 (Canary) with the vivetool /enable /id:45690501 command, it will now be functional.

Open Copilot When Windows Starts

Thanks to @PhantomOfEarth for everything.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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