How to remove
particular program icons from the notification area? (it's not about hiding them)
I use the new taskbar (superbar) of Windows 7 primarily as an application launcher and window manager and it shows quite clearly which programs are running and which are not.
Now, in the notification area, some programs show a program icon when running, and some do not. The ones which do show an icon there used to not show a bar on the older Windows taskbar (either minimized or not), probably to save out space I guess. With the new taskbar using only icons to show, there is enough space for all programs running, and there is no use in saving out space by putting icons in the notification area. In fact, programs which put an icon in the notification area also still appear on the taskbar, because I pinned them to it. So now i have programs displaying two icons on my screen, which makes it quite bloated when running several programs at the same time.
I would like that only programs show an icon in the notification area which start on startup and run the whole time my computer is on, like Antivirus software, Firewall, Deamon Tools, printer software, stuff like that.
Programs I don't necessarily run all the time don't need to show an icon in the notification area, I just look at the new superbar to see if they are running or not, and can start them right from there if not.
Right now, there are quite some programs which show a notification area icon that seem unable to be removed / deleted from within the program, like those of Skype, Outlook, Ovi Suite, etc. Since not every program has an in-built option for displaying the icon or not, I hope this can be arranged somewhere from within Windows directly. Maybe by editing the registry or something like that.
Does anyone have any idea how to achieve this?