System Tray icon can be found at the bottom right corner of the windows screen. It contains the icon of few running software and allows users to access these software settings directly from system tray. A process running in background can also be found at system tray. But this is not of any use for those who never use system tray. Although, People never care about system tray, but it can be disabled with a registry hack.
This is a registry trick, so it will work on all kind of windows operating systems. If a virus has disabled the system tray in your windows, you can use this process in reverse way to enable it.
After applying this trick, only the clock will be there at that corner. You can also hide the clock by accessing the taskbar properties.
To disable system tray on Windows, follow these steps
Step 1: Open the registry editor. Type “regedit” on the search bar in Windows 7 and in run dilauge in Windows XP.
Step 2: Now you will see the registry editor windows. Navigate this to following sequence
Step 3: At right side, you will some keys.
Step 4: Create a new 32-bit DWORD value in the right hand pane with these values:
- Name: NoTrayItemsDisplay
- Value: 1
Now, You need to restart the system to see the changes by this hack.
One more thing you must know that this will not affect any application running on system tray. It only hides the tray from Windows task bar.
Warning: This is a registry trick, so you need to backup the registry before applying this trick. Wrong entry in registry may harm your windows installation.