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I have a program whose icon I need to completely remove from system tray.
I want the program to run in the background and to be able to bring it up with some defined hotkey.
All programs I found related to this problem only hide the program from visible area of system tray, but it doesn't remove it. When I extend status bar, the icon is there.

Any help?

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If you want to hide the running program then there are several programs as below

  1. OuttaSight
  2. WinRAP
  3. Taskbar Hide
  4. Tray It!

Hope this helps

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Do you mean that you want to remove the icons? Then try this. (Yeah, it's from Windows 2000/98/95, but it's, with the exception of a few menu locations and graphical changes, the same)

If you'd just like to hide them , try this

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Tom Wijsman Nov 7 '11 at 3:00

I know this is an old question, but I tried really hard to find a solution for this. So for those looking for a way to completely hide icons from the system tray (and not just pushing them into the pop-up section), there’s a tool called PS Tray Factory. It’s old and it’s $25, but it’s the only tool I found that works on Windows 10.

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Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. OP was asking about Windows XP not Windows 10. – DavidPostill Oct 3 '15 at 22:11

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