How to hide icon from system tray

June 3, 2005 at 02:49:56
Specs: Windows 2000/Windows XP, Athlon XP/256mb

I'm using an application that i need to hide the icon it creates on startup from the system tray without stopping it's services from running.Can somebody please help me on how to do this?

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June 3, 2005 at 04:07:48

You can do that through the Registry. The icon may be in


but you might have to search for it. What's the application?

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June 3, 2005 at 04:25:09

Most applications, where a user would find it desirable to hide the system tray icon, provide this ability within the the application's preferences or options.


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June 3, 2005 at 14:44:05

Yep. Like Bryan said! :)

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June 3, 2005 at 15:36:16

Jennifer SUMN - if you remove the app from thqt place in the registry, it takes the programs out of the startup, not just remove the icon from the systray. unless I misunderstood, he wants the program to run, just not show in the tray

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June 4, 2005 at 18:40:25

Right.... I said "The icon" may be located in that registry key... I didn't say to remove the Program from startup..

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June 6, 2005 at 23:21:40

This application captures screenshots of the agent's monitor to see and monitor agents during office hours.This screenshots are being viewed from another host computer that monitors the agents(IP based).When this application runs, it shows an icon on the system stray, therefore agents has the option to open the program from the tray and disconnect it from the host monitoring computer.I need this icon to be hidden or not to show on startup from the system tray without stopping the services.The problem is when this icon is closed from the system tray, the service stops running.This application does not have any option to hide the icon from the system tray.Actually, what i did was to run a vbscript on startup that calls that application. So the actual exe program of the application is not present on the startup but my vbscript that calls it to run.

I checked the system registry but im not sure what to look for.There are entries that does not have any hint that its the icon of the application in which i want to remove.Is there any way in windows or maybe by using a 3rd party program that will disable the icon from the system tray(the icon is still visible but not clickable) or hide it without stopping the services?I need this to work on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

By the way, the application that I am talking about is also a 3rd party application so we don't have any ways to modify it to fix the glitches.


I will appreciate any help from u guys..

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June 30, 2005 at 04:56:10

you can hid the icon in windows XP without a third party app. Right click on the taskbar click properties, click on the "taskbar" tab then the customize button. click on the behavior (hide when inactive) and a down arrow will appear. Choose "Always hide"

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July 22, 2005 at 11:18:36

I have had the same problem and found simply by changing the application name and its icon to something else will confuse the user and they will therefore decide not to close it. (That is if you rename it to something they would think is important and needs to be running).
Hope I have helped

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