Nov 15 2008

How to Hide System Tray Icons in Vista

If you like the clean desktop look you’re probably wondering how to hide or get rid of those pesky system tray icons next to your clock that just about every program you install wants to add there. So here’s how to do it.

Here’s how mine looked before:

Ready to clean that mess up.

1. Right click in the task bar and choose Properties.

2. From within the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties page choose the Notification Area then select Customize:

3. Now click on the icon you want to hide and in the drop down box beside it choose Hide. Do this for all the icons you want to hide and click Ok twice and you’re finished.

Here’s how it looks now.


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    9 Comments on this post


    1. ben said:

      omg thx so much i was looking evrywere for this thx

      June 27th, 2009 at 11:05 am
    2. krisvek said:

      This only hides what becomes a problem for many people. Those icons in the system tray represent a program that is running, a program that few really ever need running in most cases. I would say it is far better to disable the auto-run of the program that you don’t need than to simply hide it. CCleaner works very well for this, but you can use the msconfig method as well, just be careful not to disable anything important.

      That said, yes, sometimes it is also nice to hide the icons for programs that you DO want/need running in the background, and this is an easy, built-in way to do so.

      September 18th, 2009 at 3:43 pm
    3. dhana said:

      This method works fine, but when i click the arrow, all active icons display. How can i hide icons when application is active, even i click the arrow?

      October 22nd, 2009 at 6:20 am
    4. Kevin said:

      @ dhana,
      You will need to edit the Registry to make this change. If you’re not confortable editing the Registry you may want to not make this change.

      1. Create a Restore Point.
      2. Go to start And type in the Windows Vista Search box regedit and press enter.
      3. Approve the UAC

      Now that you have your registry editor opened find the key


      4. Now right click in the window on the right.
      5. Click on new DWORD (32-bit) Value.
      6. Name the new Key NoTrayItemsDisplay
      7. Now double click on the key and assign a value of 1 to the key.

      Now you?re finished, Reboot your system your system tray should be Icon free.

      October 25th, 2009 at 7:25 am
    5. Raja Lalith said:

      I think what you said will hide all the icons but i would like hide icon of a particular application completely..

      How can you that?

      Thks in advance

      March 17th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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      May 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 am
    7. Minterest said:

      Is there any way to remove a single icon from system tray in Vista? I dont want to hide it temporarily using hide inactive icons. Any other way?

      April 25th, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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