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Published on 05.25.09 by Brent Trahan

Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons to the Taskbar

Learn how to disable automatic promotion of notification icons to the taskbar in Windows 7.

If you enable this setting, newly added notification icons will not be temporarily promoted to the Taskbar. Users can still configure icons to be shown or hidden in the Notification Control Panel.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, newly added notification icons will sometimes be temporarily promoted to the Taskbar.

Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons to the Taskbar

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Start Menu and Taskbar in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Turn off automatic promotion of notification icons to the taskbar in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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