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  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
       28 Jul 2016 #20

    Brink said: View Post
    Great news. :)

    I'm not aware of a way to move the Action Center icon location on the taskbar so far.
    I dont mind if it is placed onto there (Taskbar Buttons), but when I saw it onto right where Always my clock has been, then we have definally got a problem Windows!
    Then I just remove it, if somebody do know please let me know here! Or Private Message Box!
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  2. Posts : 3
    windows 10 home
       01 Aug 2016 #21

    I'd also like to change the AC (action center) back to left side of the clock, so the clock is to the right on the system tray, hope there will be way!!!
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  3.    06 Apr 2018 #22

    Hi Brink, for Windows 7 using reg file?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18282
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       06 Apr 2018 #23

    Hello Gotas,

    I'm afraid Windows 7 doesn't have this Action Center feature to be able to enable or disable.
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  5.    29 Jun 2018 #24

    While this tutorial disables the Action Center altogether, is there instead a way to simply remove the icon from the taskbar? When I run the .reg file to disable it, the keyboard shortcut "Win+A" no longer brings up the action center as it used to. However, in Windows 10, there is an option to simply remove it from the taskbar while keeping it enabled (the keyboard shortcut still works even though it is removed from the taskbar). However, I'm not sure how I could change this feature using the registry editor, which is specifically what I'm interested in doing.

    Here's the setting that I'm referring to:
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    If you know of any way to keep it enabled but simply remove it from the taskbar with the registry, I would be happy to know how! Thanks.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18282
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       29 Jun 2018 #25

    Hello John,

    Turning off the Action Center system icon like in your screenshot would indeed be one way to remove it from the taskbar without completely disabling the Action Center to be able to still use the Win+A shortcut.

    If you like, you could use step 6 in Option Two of the tutorial below to disable the Action Center system icon with a .bat file without completely disabling the Action Center.

    Enable or Disable System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Contents of the .bat file for reference:

    Code:
    REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe
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  7.    01 Jul 2018 #26

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello John,

    Turning off the Action Center system icon like in your screenshot would indeed be one way to remove it from the taskbar without completely disabling the Action Center to be able to still use the Win+A shortcut.

    If you like, you could use step 6 in Option Two of the tutorial below to disable the Action Center system icon with a .bat file without completely disabling the Action Center.

    Enable or Disable System Icons on Taskbar in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Contents of the .bat file for reference:

    Code:
    REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer" /V DisableNotificationCenter /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe
    Unfortunately, the .bat file you provided still disables the action center completely; after running it as administrator, even though the icon is indeed gone from the taskbar, the keyboard shortcut Win+A still does NOT work. It seems to be doing something inherently differently than what simply manually toggling the option in the settings does.

    Is there an easy way to figure out how changing a Windows setting affects the registry? Is there some way I can easily backup the whole registry before applying a change, then apply the change, and then finally back up the registry again and then search for the difference?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18282
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       01 Jul 2018 #27

    Unfortunately, the only changes made to the registry is what's in the previously mentioned tutorials with the side effect of also killing the Win+A shortcut.

    I used "Process Monitor" to find the registry setting for only turning on/off the Action Center from your screenshot above, but there wasn't anything helpful that could be used to set this via a .reg or .bat file.

    I only see the option of manually turning of the Action Center system icon.
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  9.    01 Jul 2018 #28

    That's interesting. Do you have any idea where these settings could be stored then? Obviously the operating system has to put them somewhere, but I find it surprising that it's not anywhere in the registry. Surely somebody somewhere can figure out what toggling that switch actually does to the files on the computer.

    I'm not sure if this is your area of expertise, but if you don't think it's possible to do with a .reg or .bat file, do you think it could be done with a Powershell .ps1 script?
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  10. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,851
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18282
    Thread Starter
       01 Jul 2018 #29

    I used "Process Monitor" to find the registry setting for only turning on/off the Action Center from your screenshot above, but there wasn't anything helpful that could be used to set this via a .reg or .bat file.
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