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In Windows 7 if you have the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar option disabled, the setting for individual applications defaults to Only show notifications.

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Is there a magical way of changing the default to Show icon and notifications instead of Only show notifications?

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Use-case: when a new application comes along and adds an icon to the system tray, it defaults to showing the icon and notifications. I like the majority of the icons down there as they offer quick access to whatever programs are running BUT I still want to selectively hide the few that I do not want to see down there.

If I enable Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar I can't hide any. If I disable it, I have to go through every single application in the list and change the option, then keep my eye on it for any new applications. Hence my question.

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I'm not a fan of "having to hack [my] OS for basic stuff" either, but when if it IS necessary (as in this case it may be), I have absolutely no qualms about doing it. As many disclaimers I've read about editing the registry, in all these years I've never experienced problems as a result of tweaking. So does anybody have an answer, registry-related or otherwise? I've also long sought the solution to this annoyance. –  user73693 Mar 27 '11 at 16:53
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Old post I know, but just in case...

I think you are probably looking for something similar to the MSDN article here which shows how to disable the Backup and Restore auto-notification.

As stated previously, this will probably require a registry edit. Probably in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NotificationArea, but I found something which might work over at EggheadCafe which looked worth a try.

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could you copy the relevant information here, on-site? it is encouraged on the StackExchange network –  naxa Nov 27 '13 at 20:06
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Seems like a registry hack might solve this, but I'm not a fan of having to hack your OS for basic stuff like this. That being the case, my simple answer would be that you are stuck with what Windows 7 gives you, which if you put it in perspective, you are not installing new apps all the time - just once in a while.

I agree that Windows 7 needs a way of doing this with apps but for now it seems you're stuck outside of hacking the registry :-/

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