How to disable Windows XP/Vista System Tray

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Are you the type of person that don’t use the applications located on the system tray? Some people never use the applications hanging on their system tray but most people like me use it a lot. I don’t want applications to clutter my taskbar so I let them resides on my system tray. But if you don’t find the system tray useful or if your system tray is disabled and you don’t know why, you can follow this simple registry hack to disable or bring back your disabled system tray. as a safety precaution Backup your registry first.

  • Open¬† your Registry Editor
  • Locate the key below

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

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  • Create a new 32-bit DWORD value in the right hand pane and enter these values:
  • Name: NoTrayItemsDisplay
  • Value: 1

To be able for this hack to take effect you will have to logoff and back on to windows. If you want to bring back your system tray just delete the key or change the value to 0.

If you are asking if this hack will stop the applications from running the answer is “no”, it will just hide them.