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Windows 7: Removing entries in taskbar icon list


03 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Removing entries in taskbar icon list

As the title says: How do I remove the entries in the taskbar icon customisation list for programs that I have uninstalled? I uninstalled 2 programs, but their entries are still there for 'customisation'. Not that it matters that much, but I like stuff neat and tidy.

I think in XP there was a 'remove from list' if one selected an entry, but in Windows 7 I cannot see any option.


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03 Aug 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Right click on the icon that you want to remove.. select "unpin this icon from taskbar"...
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03 Aug 2010   #3

 
 

Or are you talking about the System Tray (where the clock is)??
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03 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Yes, sorry - the system tray.
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03 Aug 2010   #5

 
 

CCleaner has an option. Windows 7 doesn't have the "WinXP" option you mentioned.



I use a method involving killing the Explorer process, running a reg file and then restarting Explorer.exe but I can't find the Tutorial!!
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03 Aug 2010   #6
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Open regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\
Then delete these values in right frame: IconStreams and PastIconsStream
Open Task manager & kill explorer.exe (desktop will disappear).
Then do File > new task & type explorer.exe.
This will basically reset the notification area icons. You may notice icons for programs you use disappear too, but don't panic. The next time you run that program it's icon will be put back.
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03 Aug 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Open regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify\
Then delete these values in right frame: IconStreams and PastIconsStream
Open Task manager & kill explorer.exe (desktop will disappear).
Then do File > new task & type explorer.exe.
This will basically reset the notification area icons. You may notice icons for programs you use disappear too, but don't panic. The next time you run that program it's icon will be put back.
That's him! I do it on auto-pilot now so I couldn't think how to write it down!!
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03 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks a lot for the tip. Is it enough to delete PastIconStream value or both including IconStreams?
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03 Aug 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I have it saved to a text file so I just copy and past it into a thread when needed. I've probably done it 4 or 5 times now to clean things up. Not sure who's fault the left over icons are but it would be nice if somebody would fix it.
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03 Aug 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sandeep108 View Post
Thanks a lot for the tip. Is it enough to delete PastIconStream value or both including IconStreams?
I delete both, haven't tried just deleting one of them. I've done it a couple of times and haven't noticed any side effects from doing it. You might have to go in and change the "show icon and notifications" settings if you changed them before.
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