How to Remove Icons in the Windows System Tray

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Windows System Tray icons can seem an eyesore on the Windows 7 desktop screen. You can hide specific icons to remove them from the Windows System Tray; those items will continue running in the background, but will no longer be visible. Removing these icons frees up space you can use to fit more minimised programs or squeeze more Quick Launch icons on the taskbar. You can remove Windows System Tray icons through the Control Panel.

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    Start Menu

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    Click "Start" in the lower-left corner of your screen.

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    Select "Control Panel" on the right side of the Start menu.

  3. 3

    Click "Appearance and Personalization" and then select "Taskbar and Start Menu."

  4. 4

    Click "Customize" beneath "Notification area."

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    Scroll down the list of icons associated with the system tray icons. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of any icons you no longer want to appear in the System Tray and select "Hide icon and notifications."

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    Click "OK." Those icons will no longer appear in the System Tray.

    Drag Icons

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    Click the icon you want to remove in the System Tray and hold the left mouse button down.

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    Drag the icon into an open area on the Windows 7 laptop.

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    Release the left mouse button. The icon will be removed from the System Tray and will also not appear as a shortcut on the Windows 7 desktop.

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