Remove icons from the notification area (system tray)

The notification area is located on the taskbar and contains program icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming e‑mail, updates, and network connectivity. When you install a new program, you can sometimes add an icon for that program to the notification area.

New computers often come with icons already in the notification area, and some programs automatically add an icon to the notification area during installation.

Picture of the notification area
Notification area

To remove an icon from the notification area

  1. Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.

  2. Click the Notification Area tab, and then do one or both of the following:

    • To remove system icons, under System icons, clear the check boxes of the icons you want to remove.

    • To remove other icons, click Customize, click the icon you want to remove, click the drop-down list that appears next to the icon, click Hide, and then click OK.

  3. Click Apply, and then click OK.


  • If you hide an icon, but then see it again the next time you log on to Windows, you might have to uninstall the program to permanently remove the icon. Uninstalling the program also permanently removes the program from your computer. For more information, see Uninstall or change a program.