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Removing unused notification area icons ?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by Darkst4r, 20 Oct 2009.

  1. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

    Posts: 1,058

    Location: Bedford , United Kingdom

    I recently noticed that I have unused notification area icons from software I have already uninstalled. How do I remove these alltogether rather than just hide them ?

    I understand there is a registry path to delete and then stop the "explorer" process before rebooting but I cannot remember the path.

    Can anyone help ?

    Cheers
     
  2. madindehead

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 May 2009

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    Location: Maidenhead

    I was under the impression that the icons removed themselves if the program was no longer there? Unless you are talking about Windows 7, in which case, it keeps the data about the notification icon there, even when the program is uninstalled. The icon won't appear if you let Windows 7 display it. It is keeping the data for later, if you re-install I think.
     
  3. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

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    I'm using windows 7. The icons are from programs that are uninstalled and I wont install again. I just want to clean it up as it is getting cluttered. I want to totally remove them , not just hide them.
     
  4. Memphis

    Capodecina

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    Are you not talking about the Quick Launch bar?

    If an application is still appearing in the notification area (on the right if your taskbar runs across the bottom of your screen), it is not uninstalled correctly.
     
  5. Darkst4r

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    Last edited: 20 Oct 2009
  6. Memphis

    Capodecina

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    Ah apologies, you didn't make it clear it was within the 'customise the notification area' bit. Your first post reads that the icons were actually still appearing IN the notification area itself :).
     
  7. Darkst4r

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2009

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    Ahh , sorry chap. I'll try and make myself more clear next time.
     
  8. Memphis

    Capodecina

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    Well your link has taught me something I didn't know, so win win! :D
     
  9. madindehead

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 May 2009

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    I understood what you meant mate. I was just saying, in the Notification Area Icons customisation panel, a lot of them stay even AFTER the program is uninstalled. But it doesn't mean the icon is actually there if you were to enable it.

    Glad you found a fix however =)