How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)


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    How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)


    I am using windows 10.

    In the settings, you can remove ''system icons'' from the tray (turn system icons on or off but not other apps), or you can move your apps across from the taskbar to the system tray and back (select which icons appear on the taskbar).

    What I am trying to do is remove apps entirely from the system tray whether the app is running or not.

    My reason for wanting to do this is to keep it tidy and easy to find for those few background apps I do use, rather than having tons of system tray apps.

    There are a few apps that give this service within their own programming but many do not also. Is there any software/apps that can help me do this? or any way to do this really would help, thanks.
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    You can only eliminate the system tray (taskbar notification area) icon completely if there's an option for that particular program as far as I know.

    You can hide notification area icons thus so you don't have to worry about them:
    How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)-1.png
    or by dragging them from the taskbar:
    How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)-1.png

    Occasionally you can 'hack' a program if there's an exe specifically responsible for the tray icon by renaming it, assuming the program stll runs.

    Normally useful options are available from tray icons, and sometimes they are dynamic, providing useful information.
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    Yeh like I said in my original post all that option does is push the icon to the task bar and back to the system tray. I want them to be gone from both completely, just hidden to avoid clutter when so many apps open. I see absolutely no reason to have an app there that is open on my desktop (where I can use all its functionality).

    I understand the use of the tray for background apps hence me wanting to access those easier without the dumb tray filled.

    There has to be a 3rd party application to do this somewhere, at least I am hoping. win7 used to offer this as standard functionality afaik.
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    Thank you for your reply. Feel free to search for one and let us know.
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    As dalchina said, you can only remove the icon completely if the application concerned has specifically made provision for this.

    I have never found a third-party utility to control these icons. There might be some [limited] relevant capability in TweakUI for all I know.

    Windows 7 was exactly the same as Windows 10 in this respect.

    Denis
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    Try3 said:
    As dalchina said, you can only remove the icon completely if the application concerned has specifically made provision for this.

    I have never found a third-party utility to control these icons. There might be some [limited] relevant capability in TweakUI for all I know.

    Windows 7 was exactly the same as Windows 10 in this respect.

    Denis
    I will check it out if at least for other things. Thanks
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    Spuz said:
    I will check it out if at least for other things. Thanks
    I've just realised that I wrote the wrong thing - I meant to mention Winaero Tweaker not TweakUI.

    Denis
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    You can hide the whole notification area if it annoys you:
    How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)-1.png
    You can use Policy Plus (free) on Home- or there will be an equivalent registry key or setting.
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    Try3 said:
    I've just realised that I wrote the wrong thing - I meant to mention Winaero Tweaker not TweakUI.

    Denis
    Winaero has a thread showing you how to edit regedit to close the whole systray: How to Hide Notification Area in Windows 10 (System Tray) but unsure if it is in the app itself. Regardless thank you for the suggestion, was a good start.

    dalchina said:
    You can hide the whole notification area if it annoys you:
    How do I remove icons from the system tray? (without closing app)-1.png
    You can use Policy Plus (free) on Home- or there will be an equivalent registry key or setting.
    Couldn't get this program to work but winaero had the full close feature.


    I have actually found something that does what I want called ''Taskbar Hide'' located here: Eusing Software - Taskbar Hide - hide windows program: hide applications,hide window,hide programs,auto max window

    I have to put the apps into the taskbar for the program to see them but then it can hide them from there so not showing in either taskbar or systray.

    Thanks alot for the assists both of you.
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