Notification Area - Hide All System Icons

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How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista
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This will show you how to hide or show all System Tray icons in the Notification area of the taskbar next to the clock. By default, Vista has all System Tray icons set to show.
How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista

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This will show you how to hide or show all System Tray icons in the Notification area of the taskbar next to the clock. By default, Vista has all System Tray icons set to show.
Tip   Tip
If you just want to hide or show individual System Tray icons, then see: How to Hide or Show a Notification Icon in Vista

EXAMPLE: System Tray Icons Before and After
System_Tray_Before.jpg System_Tray_After.jpg
EXAMPLE: Notification Area Properties Before and After
NOTE:
If the top Icons section is not grayed out, but one or more of the System icons are, then see How to Enable or Disable the Notification Area System Icons in Vista instead of this tutorial.
Properties_Before.jpg Properties_After.jpg




METHOD ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This method is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. See Method Two or Method Three below for the Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions.
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Hide the notification area and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Hide All System Tray Icons
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)​
B) Go to step 6.​

5. To Show All System Tray Icons
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, then click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Group Policy window.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​





METHOD TWO
Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This method will work for all Vista editions.
1. To Hide All System Tray Icons
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Hide_Tray_Icons.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Show All System Tray Icons
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Show_Tray_Icons.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​




METHOD THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This method will work for all Vista editions.
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If Explorer is not there, then right click on Policies in the left pane and click New -> Key and type Explorer and press Enter.​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Reg1.jpg

5. To Hide All System Tray Icons
A) In the right pane of the Explorer key, right click on a empty area and click New and click DWORD (32 bit) Value. (See screenshot above)​
B) Type NoTrayItemsDisplay and press Enter. (See screenshot below)​
C) Right click on NoTrayItemsDisplay and click on Modify.​
Reg2.jpg

D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)​
F) Go to step 7.​
Reg3.jpg

6. To Show All System Tray Icons
A) In the right pane, right click on NoTrayItemsDisplay and click Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​
C) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
D) In the right pane, if NoTrayItemsDisplay is here to, then right click on it and click on Delete. (See screenshot below)​
E) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​
HKLM_Reg.jpg

7. Close regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
That's it,
Shawn



 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

Hi
Me Go To Fix, But No't Show All System Tray Icons.
Plz Help Me Thank you.

SysInfo :


2. To Show All System Tray Icons -
A) Show_Tray_Icons.reg < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.
4. Right click the .reg (On Desktop) file and click Merge.
5. Click on the Run button for Security Warning pop-up.
6. Click on Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.
7. When done, you can delete the .reg file (On Desktop).
8. Logoff and logon, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
 
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