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Published on 05.25.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide the Taskbar Notification Area

Learn how to remove the taskbar’s notification area in Windows 7.

This setting affects the notification area (previously called the “system tray”) on the taskbar.

Description: The notification area is located at the far right end of the task bar and includes the icons for current notifications and the system clock.

If this setting is enabled, the user’s entire notification area, including the notification icons, is hidden. The taskbar displays only the Start button, taskbar buttons, custom toolbars (if any), and the system clock.

If this setting is disabled or is not configured, the notification area is shown in the user’s taskbar.

Note: Enabling this setting overrides the “Turn off notification area cleanup” setting, because if the notification area is hidden, there is no need to clean up the icons.

Disable the Taskbar Notification Area

  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 Hide the notification area in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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