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Notification Area - Add or Remove

How to Add or Remove Notification Area from Taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
23 Apr 2011
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How to Add or Remove Notification Area from Taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
The notification area is a part of the taskbar that provides a temporary source for notifications and status. It can also be used to display icons for system and program features that are not on the desktop.

The notification area (aka: system tray) is on the far right of the taskbar just to the left of the system clock. This includes the default Volume, Network, Power, Action Center, and Input Indicator (Windows 8) system icons in addition to all system tray icons added by installed programs.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the notification area from the taskbar for all or specific users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you remove the notification area, then the taskbar displays only the Start button, pinned taskbar buttons, custom toolbars (if any), and the system clock.

You will also no longer be able to set the Notification Area Icons and System Icons settings as well since the notifcation area is no longer there to display them and their balloon messages on.

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EXAMPLE: Notification Area on Taskbar Added and Removed
Notification Area - Add or Remove-default.jpg

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OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add Notification Area to All Users Taskbar
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Add_Notification_Area.reg
download
2. To Remove Notification Area from All Users Taskbar
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.
Remove_Notification_Area.reg

download
3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

4. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Through the Local Group Policy Editor
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/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)
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3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Hide the notification area to edit it. (See screenshot above)

4. To Add Notification Area to Taskbar
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
5. To Remove Notification Area from Taskbar
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Notification Area - Add or Remove-gpedit-2.jpg
7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.

8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn







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23 Apr 2011   #1
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Nice one Shaun not something i would use but im sure people who need the real estate on the taskbar will be glad of this

Danny


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23 Apr 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Danny.
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23 Apr 2011   #3
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Good Tutorial , Easy to use and Informative , Good one Shaun
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23 Apr 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Josh.
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23 Apr 2011   #5
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Another great tutorial Brink! Keep at good work!
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23 Apr 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Boshko.
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15 Aug 2012   #7
dapa525

Win 7, 64 bit home Premium
 
 
Just wanted to say...

This is by far the best forum I have found for Win 7. So far, with your excellent instructions, I have cleared my NC of old programs I uninstalled, deleted my library and re-formatted my user folder.

I am not an IT person at all, and was afraid to edit my registry, but with your help all operations have been successful!

Many Thanks for helping me solve these issues.
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15 Aug 2012   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Dapa, and welcome to Seven Forums. I'm happy to hear that they were all able to help.
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22 Mar 2013   #9
Amaterasu

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

thanks
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