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Is there any free way to permanently hide system icons (such as the wireless icon) in the notification area? Supposedly this can be done with Customize Notifications, but it doesn't stick on my machine.

PS Tray Factory was mentioned in another question here on SuperUser, but it's not free.

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I'm pretty sure that Windows hides icons based on their associated text. If the text changes, Windows considers it to be a new icon with a different hide/show configuration. Which is ridiculous. – wfaulk Oct 16 '09 at 2:07
Yeah, that is ridiculous. Fix it, MS. – Nathaniel Oct 16 '09 at 22:05
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The problem is that certain apps don't provide a title for the system tray icons. Windows doesn't have a way of recognizing them if they don't have a title, so it doesn't remember the option to always hide. That's why certain icons just can't remember to stay hidden.

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Aha! Thanks for the insight. – Nathaniel Oct 16 '09 at 22:05


TraySaver alleviated these problems by letting you stash away unneeded tray icons in a hideable separate tray, and by restoring the icons after an Explorer crash. It also added an option to the system menu of any application that let you minimize it to the tray.


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try TweakXP

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Hmm, that hides all of them. Not quite what I want. – Nathaniel Oct 16 '09 at 2:07

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