Hide icons from the system tray

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vistaA few weeks ago I spoke about how to have a neat system tray without all of its icons. The solution I wrote was to permanently disable the system tray itself by using a little hack. But what if you need some icons because, for example, you have to keep an eye on some applications or you want to access certain programs’ options quickly? The solution here is to select the icons to hide from those to keep. Here is a step-by-step trick to follow.

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the System Tray.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Under Icons check the box Hide inactive icons.
  4. Now click the Customize button.
  5. A list of all the active icons in the system tray should appear.
  6. On the right side of each icon you should see the behaviour you want for that particular icon. Click on it and a dropdown list with different options will appear.
  7. At this point you can choose to: Hide when inactive, Hide, Show.
  8. Select Hide to permanently hide the icon you wish to remove from the system tray.

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