Questions tagged [notification-area]

The notification area is the part of the Windows User Interface that displays application icons in the task bar.

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How to access the system tray using the keyboard?

Is there a way I can access the system tray items using the keyboard in Windows XP?
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Freeware local proxy engine for Windows? [closed]

Is there a nice and small, freeware proxy application that runs in the system tray? It should support HTTP and HTTPS proxy connections, NTLM authentication and configurable rules (different proxy ...
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How to put a program in system tray?

Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.
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Windows 7 notification area settings are locked

I have an administrator account on this Windows 7 Enterprise x64 machine. Windows 7 notification area settings are locked. If I right click on the system tray (where the clock is) and click on '...
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Remove “Show Desktop” button next to the clock in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a new "Show Desktop" button all the way at the edge of the system tray area. Is there any way to get rid of it? I never use it because I just press Win+D instead, and it's kind of ...
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Do not get 'Safely remove' option in Tray for USB storage devices

I had done some tweaks in service settings (Disabled some as I thought it is not needed). Now, I am not getting the option to safely remove mass storage device when I click the icon on the system tray....
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Hide system tray icons on OS X

How can we hide the system tray icons, on the top menu, within OS X? Those are not mine, but they're not too far off: Something like Windows 7 has, to selective hide icons into a little window, ...
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Why does my Tray Icon's Behavior occasionally reset Windows 7?

I'm fine with having most of my tray icons hidden, however I want the Outlook Notification envelop to show at all times when I have new messages. Its important for me to know when I have unread emails,...
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How do I tell Microsoft Outlook to minimize to the System Tray?

When I click on minimize in Outlook, I would like to minimize to the System Tray, not the Taskbar. How can I do this?
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Icons disappearing from notification area (systray) under WinXP

Quite often when I start up my WinXP SP3 (updated to the max), some icons in systray are missing. Task manager shows that the software to whom these icons belong is running. Restarting explorer (...
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Running batch file in notification area

Is there any simple code that will make my batch file process, when run, to go to the notification area rather than the taskbar?
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Restart explorer.exe in Windows 7 while keeping all icons in the system tray?

Sometimes when you are prompted to restart the computer (or log off), you can get away with just restarting the explorer process. I'm sure you know what i'm talking about. The problem is, that when ...
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Remove the Microsoft Security Essentials icon

I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 for sometime now and so far I don't have a bad word to say about it. I would like to permanently remove the MSE icon from the task bar and ...
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Show current ping to website on Taksbar

I'm looking for a way to monitor my current internet connection quality by showing the ping-response to a website like google in the taskbar on the right side. I'm using Windows 8.1. Kind of like ...
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Notification tray count is wrong

The notification tray icon shows the wrong count: As a temporary workaround to the annoyance of this I thought I would disable the count. This menu option has no effect at all: Is this a known ...
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How to clear the list of “Notification Area Icons” in Windows 7?

I can't seem to find a way to clear the list of "Notification Area Icons" in Windows 7. Unfortunately I had installed a download manager (GetRight) which by default creates a tray icon for each ...
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Hide selected icons from the system tray permanently

Is there a software that will allow me to hide some of the icons on my system tray? And by hide I don't mean the default Windows hide functionality. I want some of the icons to be permanently disabled ...
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Notification area Volume icon is stuck off

On Windows 7 x64, the system Volume icon in the notification area/tray on the taskbar is missing. It was working recently, but it does not show currently. I have two audio devices - some on-board ...
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Delay Windows programs launching at boot?

On Windows XP I use 18 programs. In startup it makes 2-3 minutes to load all of them. Anti virus, translator, unlocker, file indexer, download manager, instant messenger etc.. I need all of them and ...
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Start Outlook automatically in tray

Is there a way to start up Outlook automatically on login, but minimised to system tray (notification area)? I don’t want my inbox showed in my face when I start my PC, only a discrete notification ...
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Disable Microsoft Edge Pop-up Notifications in Taskbar and System Tray

I recently started seeing popup notifications from Microsoft Edge when I try to open another browser like Firefox or Chrome: Is there any way to disable these popups without uninstalling Microsoft ...
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“Safely Remove Hardware” icon in Windows 8

In Windows 8 the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon sits permanently in the System Tray even though no external drive is plugged into the computer. If you click on that icon the only clickable option is "...
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Can I automatically hide a program in the taskbar on startup?

I have a Windows application that I need to run on startup and keep running continually. It spawns a window, and I don't need that window open all the time. Rather than just minimize it, I wanted to ...
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How can I make Windows' system tray two rows instead of one?

My taskbar has two rows. First is the Quick Launch, second is for applications. But my system trays is showing the icons only in one row, which is taking too much space. Is there any possibility to ...
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Is there a way to disable the tray icon for Microsoft Security Essentials?

It's running in the background, and seems to be working fine, but is there a way to disable its system tray icon so I don't have to see it down there unless it's detecting something going awry?
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Outlook 2007 (2003) Rule: “Mark As Read” “Move to a specific folder” Envelope displays in system tray after message is read

After creating a rule in Outlook 2007 (or 2003) (on Windows XP) which will change certain messages to "Mark as Read" and then "Move to a Specific Folder" and the rule is executed the notification icon ...
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Display selected keyboard layout in Windows 7 task-bar notification area

In control Panel I selected two keyboard layouts, a standard one and an extended one. They mainly differ in that one uses ` as a dead key for composing accented characters. The other allows ...
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Make envelope icon disappear in Outlook 2007

I have my mobile phone synced with my Exchange server. When an email comes and I'm on the road, I read it and it is marked as read. When I get back to my computer, the envelope icon displays in the ...
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Old pop-up notifications in Windows 10

Windows 10 pop-up notifications are terrible and slow. Is there a way to replace them with old Windows 7/8 notifications? I'm pretty sure it's possible since I did pretty much the same thing for sound ...
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Can't see the power options icon in the notification area

I've formatted my windows 8 64 bit laptop, and encountered the following issue: The power options icon won't show up. I tried adding it manually, but it shows the massage "This notification icon is ...
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How to access (or switch between) tray icons with shortcut in windows? [duplicate]

How to access (or switch between) tray icons with defined shortcuts in windows? I have many running programs which I cannot reach with alt-tab because they are not in taskbar - they are in tray. How ...
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Remove Sync Center icon

I accidentally marked a shared folder as "Available Offline" in Windows Explorer on Windows 8.1 computer. This seems to have "woken up" the Sync Center and caused the Sync Center icon to be displayed ...
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How can I permanently hide icons in the notification area?

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 ...
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Where is the Icon Tray (notification area) registry stored?

I'm in need to know where the position and order of the Icons from the System Tray are stored. (notification area) I'm talking about these ones: I've been trying to go through some reg files and my ...
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Where's the exe that handles the Bluetooth tray icon?

Where could I find the exe/process/dll that handles this pesky colored tray icon of Bluetooth tray icon. I am very customized person, so I want to customize it, break it open and replace those ...
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Apps sometimes don't show on system tray

I have a problem that sometimes some apps don't show on system tray but sometimes they do show. They don't appear on system tray but they are running if seen from task bar. What is wrong? Looking ...