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How to clear the list of “Notification Area Icons” in Windows 7?

I want to customize notification area icon settings. Settings should have entries of currently installed applications. But it's showing all the applications I have ever installed. Finding the entry to customize the notification settings is tiresome!

Even one application have two entries of two different version including previous version. How can i remove entries of uninstalled applications?

Uninstalled application still have entries in notification area icon settings

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marked as duplicate by DragonLord, JdeBP, Simon Sheehan, surfasb, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 25 '11 at 19:22

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Unfortunately, the only way to do this is through the registry from what I've found, but it isn't too hard!

You'll need to open regedit to start - but don't worry, you aren't modifying anything major.

In your Registry Editor, search for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

You will see three things. Select IconStreams and PastIconsStream, and delete them.

From here, you need to restart explorer.exe - you can either kill it in the task manager and restart it, or simply log on and off. You're notification area list is now cleaned up!

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Thanks, you save me lot of trouble –  user Dec 25 '11 at 5:58

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