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How do you remove unwanted taskbar icons?

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2010-11-09 02:44:24

Right click an empty space on the taskbar. Now click,

Properties, Taskbar, Customize, and look under Current Items, click

under Behavior an item you wish to hide. You will then have the

option to change how this icon appears by clicking the V and

looking at the options.

Actually, the above method only allows you to HIDE the icons.

They are still there though, and still make booting up slower. To

actually REMOVE them from the tray, you have to go to the Start

Menu/Run... then type "msconfig". Then just uncheck the items you

want to remove from the Taskbar.

If you want to remove a single program from the taskbar you

simply right click on the unwanted program and click on delete.

Note this will not remove the program from the computer just the

taskbar shortcut.

The icons on the right, next to the clock are known as the

'system tray' icons. These icons are actually programs that are

currently running and therefore in most cases you will not want to

remove them however you may want to 'hide' them. Do this by RIGHT

clicking on the system tray and choosing PROPERTIES and then

CUSTOMIZE button. You can choose "always show" (I recommend this

for antivirus and volume control for sure) "hide when inactive"

this is what they will most be set as at first, you should change

these to "always hide" when you know you don't need to see any

changes for monitoring.

If you have Windows XP:

  1. Go to the "Start" menu on your computer
  2. Select "Control Panel"
  3. Click on the "Add or Remove Programs" icon
  4. Find "icon name" in the list of programs, select it and click

    on the "Remove" button to its right.

  5. Follow on-screen prompts to remove the application

If you have Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Go the "Start" menu on your computer
  2. Select "Control Panel"
  3. Click on "Programs"
  4. Then choose "Programs and Features"
  5. Find "icon name" in the program list and click "Uninstall"
  6. Follow on-screen prompts to remove the application

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