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How do I remove the Outlook 2010 icon from my Windows 7 system tray / notification area?

Just for clarification: i really mean 'remove' and not 'hide'.

I have the icon in the taskbar and I don't need to see a second redundant Outlook icon in my tray.alt text

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I've been trying to do this myself. There's sure as hell no options for it... – Shinrai Sep 30 '10 at 16:46
There's an option in Options -> Mail -> Message Arrival called "Show an envelope icon in the taskbar". I have it unchecked and it still shows up... SMH – Jason Oct 21 '10 at 21:32
@Jason - That is for when new mail arrives, not the actual Outlook icon that sits in the taskbar. – Paul Nov 28 '10 at 18:58
Ahh no wonder - thanks Paul! – Jason Nov 29 '10 at 18:00

Right click taskbar and select properties. Under taskbar tab select "customize" then select which icons you want to show in system tray.

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This only hides the icon from the direct view; when clicking the tray arrow, it is still there. Any alternatives? – Aron Rotteveel Sep 25 '10 at 20:08
@Aron Rotteveel I have been looking through the registry for the specific key related to that icon but I cannot find it. Get into the registry and search NotificationArea and see what comes up, you might be able to figure out what key to change if you spend enough time changing values. – ubiquibacon Sep 26 '10 at 4:48

An alternative is to right-click the icon and select "Hide when minimized", that way you won't have two icons at the same time. I know that's not a perfect solution.

Another option is to remove the taskbar itself through a registry hack. See this Howtogeek article for more information.

I cannot find anything in the registry that allows me to disable the actual icon on its own.

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It is an all or nothing situation in that you can hide the whole notification tray (, but you can't hide individual items in the tray.

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I found what seems to work – for me at least – at in KnockOut. It allows many controls of the Outlook process and icons.

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And does it allow to remove the icon? – slhck Mar 23 '12 at 8:26

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