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Customizing the Notification Area
Customizing the Notification Area
Over the years the notification area, previously known as the system tray, has
become more and more cluttered. It seems as though just about every
application you install wants to create a notification area icon when it is running. In
Windows 8, Microsoft decided enough is enough and cleaned up the notification
area by creating a new overflow container. Now when any application creates a
notification area icon, it does not show up by default. Instead, you have to click
the arrow on the end of the notification area to view the overflow container.
Then if you decide that the notification area icon actually is useful, you can drag
it from the overflow container to the main notification area. Now you are in
full control of your notification area and can keep it nice and neat or cluttered
depending on how you like it.
In the next few sections I show you how you can fine-tune your notification
area by customizing the appearance and behavior.
Hiding Icons
As I mentioned earlier, the only additional icons that appear in your notification
area are icons that you personally drag into it. If you want to hide any of those
icons, including the default system icons, you can simply drag them off it and
they will fall in the overflow container. This works great most of the time, but
there is another way to get more control:
1. Click the arrow to the left of the notification area and then select Customize.
2. This loads the Notification Area Icons Control Panel screen where you
can fine-tune each icon that ever attempted to load in the notification area.
Scroll through the list and select the behavior you want to use for each
icon. You can choose from Show Icons And Notifications, Hide Icons And
Notifications, and Only Show Notifications.
3. After you have adjusted all your icons, click OK.
Removing System Icons and the Clock
Tweaking the system icons such as the Volume, Network, and Clock icons
requires an additional step. Follow these instructions to hide any of the default
system icons:
1. Click the arrow to the left of the notification area and select Customize.
2. When the Notification Area Icons Control Panel screen loads, click Turn
System Icons On Or Off.
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