Hide the Safely Remove Hardware Icon from System Tray

Posted August 24, 2004 by mikejc in Windows

This tech-recipe explains how to hide the Safely Remove Hardware icon from the system tray.


If you have an USB device attached to your system, you will notice an icon in the Notification area. When clicked, the icon will give you the option to Stop your hardware, before you unplug it.

It is possible that you never unplug this hardware. Therefore, how do you get rid of the icon?

As far as I know, the only way to remove it is to right-click the Notification area, and select Properties. Under the Notification area heading, click Customize. Find the Safely Remove Hardware icon and select Always hide in the Behavior column next to it. (Press OK and Apply to back out).

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