How to get rid of the system tray

I had an interesting question come up recently, when a reader asked me if there was a way to delete the notification area/system tray from the taskbar. It seems he never uses it and doesn’t want it cluttering up his desktop. Well, it turns out you can do that, with a registry edit. Here’s how:

  1. Log on with your user account and open the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the right pane, right click an empty space and select NEW | DWORD value (32 bit).
  4. Name the new value NoTrayItemDisplay
  5. Double click the item and in the value data field, enter a value of 1
  6. Log off and log back on.

Note that this will only apply to the user account with which you’re logged on when you do the registry edit. Also note that the system tray apps will still run, they just won’t be displayed on the taskbar. had an interesting question come up recently, when a reader asked me if there was a way to delete the notification area/system tray from the taskbar. It seems he never uses it and doesn’t want it cluttering up his desktop. Well, it turns out you can do that, with a registry edit. Here’s how:

  1. Log on with your user account and open the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
  3. In the right pane, right click an empty space and select NEW | DWORD value (32 bit).
  4. Name the new value NoTrayItemDisplay
  5. Double click the item and in the value data field, enter a value of 1
  6. Log off and log back on.

Note that this will only apply to the user account with which you’re logged on when you do the registry edit. Also note that the system tray apps will still run, they just won’t be displayed on the taskbar.

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