XP: Always Hide or Show an Icon in the System Tray

Posted December 3, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Everything wants to run in the system tray. Here is how to select which icons are visible and which are not.


Most users find that their system tray has more icons than they need or use. This is because Windows automatically hides icons in the system tray. Fortunately, you can tell your system never to show a particular icon there. Use the steps below to manage icon visibility:

    1. Right-click on the taskbar.
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Under the taskbar tab, click the Customize button.
    4. Select the program you wish to hide.
    5. Under the drop down box, select Always Hide, Always Show, or Hide when inactive.
    6. Click OK.

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