Customize Notification Area Icons in Windows 7 and Vista

You might have noticed that after using your computer for a long time a lot of taskbar icons get accumulated on your computer notification area. You can hide some of the notification icons to reduce the traffic in the notification area. Here is the tutorial how you can hide or show the hidden icons from the system tray.customize windows 7 vista system tray

Customize your system tray icons that Appear on the Taskbar, follow the steps given below.

Customize Taskbar Icons in Windows 7 and 8

  • Click on System tray
  • Click the up arrow on the taskbar and click Customize…
  • The window that appears from where you can choose to Hide, Show, or Hide (when inactive) each application’s icon:
    • Show icon and notifications: Display icon all the time—even when inactive
    • Hide icon and notifications: Always hide the icons
    • Only show notifications: Hide the icon until the application notifies you of an event

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  • You can see all icons at once by checking Always show icons and notifications on the taskbar
  • Next, Click Turn system icons on or off
  • Now you can hide the clock as well as the other system icons listed on the previous panel
  • Click OK to save your changes.

Customize Notification Area Icons in Windows Vista

  • To the space next to the clock, Right click on it and click Properties
  • Under the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click the Notification Area tab, and click Customize
  • You can change the settings for each application by selecting whether to Hide it, Show it, or only Show it when it’s active
  • Click OK on the Customize Notification Icons dialog.
  • Next, click OK on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.

Upon following all the steps discussed above you can easily customize your system tray icon. There are many used or unused icons accumulated in the system tray, the unused icons use the computer resource, so it’s better to delete the unused notification icons.

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