On eve of Christmas, VLC Media Player dresses up its cone with Santa hat, this hat stays on VLC cone till January 1st, if you don’t want to see Christmas hat in VLC player, you can easily disable it on Windows and Mac, here is how that can be done.

For every year, in the month of December, starting from 18th to January 1st, system tray and cone icons of VLC player wears a Santa hat, this happens automatically during the holiday season and is indeed is an Easter egg embedded into the player by the developers.

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Disabling Santa hat icon in VLC Player

I have no objections or problems with this, but if you want to get the VLC icon back without Santa or Christmas hat, here is how to do that.

On Windows:

1. Open VLC Player,

2. Click on Tools and select ‘Preferences’

3. Now at the bottom of the window select “All” under ‘Show settings’

4. Select Interface > expand Main interfaces, select ‘Qt’

5. Scroll down in the right pane and remove tick mark for “Allow automatic icon changes”,

6. Click ‘Save’, and close the player.

Now if you reopen VLC Player, you will see the regular cone and tray icons.

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On Mac

  • Tools > Preferences > Interface > Main interfaces> Mac OS X > uncheck “ allow icon to be changed”,
  • Restart the Player.

Please note that, I no way trying to disturb the Christmas Spirit of you, you can keep the Santa hat icon or remove it, its’ up to you. This article was written to let you know there is a way exists to get the regular VLC  icon back in the place of Santa hat during these holidays.

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I take this as an opportunity to say “Happy Xmas” to all readers in advance. Please stay on the topic, don’t post spam comments with Xmas wishes.