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Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

How to Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
03 Nov 2008
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How to Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to hide or show your choice of the system icons and their notifications on the taskbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Note   Note
Each system icon will have the choice to Only show notifications, Show icon and notifications, Hide icon and notifications, or Always show all icons on the taskbar with notifications.

Tip   Tip
Microsoft has made available a hotfix that will resolve a problem where the taskbar customizations are lost and reset to defaults when automatic logon is enabled in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. More details are available at:

FIX: The Taskbar is reset to the default settings when you use the "Automatically Log On" feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.



EXAMPLE: Show All System Icons and Hide System Icons on the Taskbar
NOTE: To view icons that are hidden, click on the arrow in the notification area on the taskbar. (Right screenshot below)




OPTION ONE
Through Notification Area Icons Settings
1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.

2. Click on the arrow in the notification area on the taskbar, and click on Customize, and go to step 5 below. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not see this arrow unless you already have hidden system icons.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Notification Area Icons icon, and go to step 5 below.

4. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties.
A) Click/tap on the Customize button to the right of "Notification area". (see screenshot below)

B) Click on Cancel to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, and go to step 5 below.
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5. To Always Show All System Icons and Notifications
A) Check the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box, and go to step 11 below. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This will only gray out all of the Behaviors for the Icons. It will not change how the Behaviors are set if you wanted to uncheck this box later.
Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications-customize-1.jpg
6. To Show a System Icon and it's Notifications
A) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (See screenshot above)
WARNING: Unchecking this box will also have all of the other listed system icons act as they are set in their Behaviors options.

B) Click/tap on the Behaviors drop down arrow menu to the right of the icon you want this behavior for. (See screenshot below step 11)

C) Click/tap on Show icon and notifications to select it.
7. To Hide a System Icon and it's Notifications
A) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (See screenshot below step 5A)
WARNING: Unchecking this box will also have all of the other listed system icons act as they are set in their Behaviors options.

B) Click/tap on the Behaviors drop down arrow menu to the right of the icon you want this behavior for. (See screenshot below step 11)

C) Click/tap on Hide icon and notifications to select it.
8. To Only Show a System Icon's Notifications
A) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (See screenshot below step 2)
WARNING: Unchecking this box will also have all of the other listed system icons act as they are set in their Behaviors options.

B) Click/tap on the Behaviors drop down arrow menu to the right of the icon you want this behavior for. (See screenshot below step 10)

C) Click/tap on Only show notifications to select it.
9. Repeat steps 6 to 8 until you have set the system icon Behaviors to how you want them for each icon.

10. To Restore the Default System Icons Behaviors
A) Uncheck the Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box. (See screenshot below step 2)
WARNING: Unchecking this box will also have all of the other listed system icons act as they are set in their Behaviors options.

B) Click/tap on the Restore default icon behaviors link. (See screenshot below)
11. When done, click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications-customize-2.jpg
12. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You will not see this unless you had opened the System Icons window from the Control Panel above.







OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This will only turn on or off Always show icons and notifications on the taskbar.
1. To Turn On Always show all taskbar icons and notifcations
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Turn_On_Always_show_all_taskbar_icons_and_notifcations.reg

download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Off Always show all taskbar icons and notifcations
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Off_Always_show_all_taskbar_icons_and_notifcations.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

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

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

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

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




OPTION THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This will only turn on or off Always show icons and notifications on the taskbar.
1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (See screenshot below step 3)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
3. In the right pane, double click/tap on EnableAutoTray to modify it. (See screenshot above)
Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications-regedit.jpg
4. To Turn On "Always show all taskbar icons and notifcations"
A) Type in 0 (zero) and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Go to step 6.
5. To Turn Off "Always show all taskbar icons and notifcations"
A) Type in 1 and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
6. Close Regedit.

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



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16 Jan 2009   #1
shadowminx69

Windows 7 Build 7000
 
 
Prob with Notification Area icons

every time I restart my computer some Items that I set to Show icon and notifications keeps getting switched to Hide Icon and notifications. so I have to go into customize and find my thing and change it to show icon and notifications. and it shows up but everytime I restart it keeps reverting back to Hide. any tips or anyone else having this prob?

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16 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Shadowminx69, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might send in feedback to Microsoft on this to help make them aware of this also.

In the mean time, you can use the "Always Show" option, and set the program's settings (if available) to not show a icon in the taskbar.
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18 Jan 2009   #3
adnduyanh

Windows 7
 
 

I dont know to miss action center in system task, how to restore? thanks. (Sorry for my English)
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18 Jan 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Adnduyanh, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Do you have Always show all icons on the taskbar set for all of the icons, or Show icon and notifications for the Action Center icon?
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18 Jan 2009   #5
adnduyanh

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, but I dont see Action Center in System task list. In the System Item On-Off, I see it off but I cant set on. Please help me, thanks.
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18 Jan 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Double check in the Action Center settings to make sure that you have messages turned on for the Action Center to monitor.

Action Center - Change Message Settings

Have you disabled any services?
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18 Jan 2009   #7
adnduyanh

Windows 7
 
 

Im sure to turn on all setting on Action Center Monitor and Im not disable any service because with Administrator Account I can see it. I dont know why
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Well, you can do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the Action Center icon went missing to see if it can return it for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2009   #9
adnduyanh

Windows 7
 
 

My restore point is failed. I think my profile has problem. I will renew profile and post the result. Thanks Brink.
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