It is that time of the year again. With the holidays coming up, VLC shows a Santa hat on top of its regular traffic cone logo. Some people may like it but others might want to remove the Santa Hat holiday icon that VLC displays automatically. It is a fairly simple change in advanced settings. We just have to disable the Allow automatic icon changes checkbox in the Advanced Settings > Interface > Main Interfaces > Qt. It is enabled by default. After unchecking it, a restart can clear off the Santa hat from the traffic cone icon. This is how you remove the holiday logo in VLC Media Player. To enable it, we make sure the same option is checked.
For the detailed steps, please read below on how you can disable (or enable) the Santa Hat Holiday Icon in VLC Media Player:
- Go to Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
- Under Show setting (bottom-left) click All to display Advanced Preferences.
- Expand and navigate to Advanced Settings > Interface > Main Interfaces > Qt.
- Uncheck the ☐ Allow automatic icon changes to disable the holiday icon.
- Hit Save.
Now, cross off the player to close it. Open it again. As you have restarted the software, you will notice that the holiday icon has disappeared. There will just be a regular cone icon on the screen.
To bring it back up, you will have to follow the same steps (1-5) again. To activate it, we check the ☑ Allow automatic icon changes option. It is a simple change to make the VLC icon look as per your desire.