Disable (Turn off) system tray in Windows Vista and Windows XP

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microsoftAre you one of those geeks who likes having tons of software on your computer? If so, then this little hack is for you! Having a lot of software in your computer is nice and make you feel you better, right? But what happen to your system tray?  (right bottom of your screen). Have a look at it right now. Isn’t it full of dozens of icons, most of which you don’t even know what they are for? Would you like to get rid of them to have a tidy, ordered notification area where the only thing you see is the clock? If so here is the hack to follow.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In Windows XP, click Run and type regedit.
  3. In Windows Vista, type regedit in the Search Bar.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Spot the following Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  6. Click Edit (top left in the Registry Editor) and create a new D-Word (32 bit). Name it NoTrayItemsDisplay and give it the value: 1
  7. Reboot the system to apply the change.

To deactivate this hack, just delete the NoTrayItemsDisplay key.

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