How to customize system tray icons in Windows 7?
Windows 7 often comes with icons already in the notification area, and some programs automatically add an icon to the notification area during installation. You can change which icons and notification to appear in the notification area, and for certain special icons called system icons, you can choose whether they show up at all.
System tray icons, including Clock, Volume, Network, Power, and Action Center, are special icons that are part of Windows. For these icons, you can change how the icons and notification appear, and whether they show up at all. You may also turn off a system icon if either you or your computer manufacturer has installed a similar program.
The notification area is located at the far right of the taskbar by default, and it contains program icons that provide status notifications about certain things like incoming e-mail, updates, network connectivity, etc.
Here’s how you can customize the system tray icons on your Windows 7-based PC. See how:
- If you don’t want to see any icons on your taskbar, simply click on the icon and then drag it to the Show Hidden icons up arrow.
- If you want a hidden icon to be available on your taskbar, click the up arrow, you can drag that icon to the taskbar.
- The icon moves to the notification area of the taskbar and is removed from the popup Notification Area.
- You can also manually customize the Notification Area by clicking the Customize link on the popup.
- The Notification Area Icons screen on the Control Panel displays. Notice that the program we moved to the visible part of the Notification Area on the taskbar is listed at the top of the list with the Show icon and notifications option selected. This option makes the icon visible at all times on the taskbar.
- To make other icons visible at all times on the taskbar, scroll down in the list until you find the desired program. Select Show icon and notifications from the drop-down list.
- Click the Turn system icons on or off link at the bottom of the Notification Area Icons screen.
- The System Icons screen displays. Select Off from the drop-down list for each system icon you don’t want to display.
- To return to the Notification Area Icons screen, click the Customize notifications icons link.
- Click Ok on the Windows to apply the changes.
- Finally click Ok to close the Notification Area Icons Window.
These are some simple steps that are important to be followed in the given manner, so that customizing of system tray icons can be done easily. You can also understand the above-mentioned steps by going through our video solution that is just a click away.