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    There are about a half dozen icons entrenched in my Notification Area of the taskbar. I probably do not need to make use of any of them. I have all of them set as Always Hide.

    I notice that the dialog box related to this feature consists of two parts: a current items part, and a second part (the name of which escapes me) which states it contains names of items which were formerly current ones.

    I would like to remove (or move) almost all of the icons that appear in the current list (and which show up when I click on the left end of the Notification Area).

    Can they be removed? I mean, just the icons, not the applications they point to.

    If they cannot be removed, can they at least be moved into the other portion of the Notification Area dialog box that shows items that once were current items?

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    [quote name='HansV' post='779433' date='11-Jun-2009 23:52']You can clear the entire list, see How do I clear past items from the Customize Notifications dialog box in Windows XP?[/quote]
    Hans,
    I don't think cleaning the Past Items list in the Customize Notifications dialog box is what the OP asked:
    I would like to remove (or move) almost all of the icons that appear in the current list (and which show up when I click on the left end of the Notification Area).
    Together with the subject I interpret it as removing icons from the Notification Area.

    In that case it would be the usual hunt around the different applications to see if there is an option to turn off tray icons (say quick access to Winzip (I don't have it so don't know how it works nowadays), removing sound icon by disabling it in the Windows Sound dialog box etc.).

    As we all know; Which applications that puts icons in the Notification Area is not determined by the Customize Notification dialog box, it only takes care what to do with them: always visible, hide when inactive, always hidden, not removing them.

    IMHO there is no direct need to clean the Past Items list, but is usually gets a bit "out of date" and weird.

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    [quote name='Argus' post='779454' date='12-Jun-2009 02:31']Hans,
    I don't think cleaning the Past Items list in the Customize Notifications dialog box is what the OP asked:[/quote]
    I know, but as far as I know it's the only way to get rid of the junk that accumulates over time.

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    Thanks for both replies. Yes, I mainly was interested in removing the current items, not the past ones, although if there was a simple direct means of doing either I felt like I could clean up that area a bit without harming myself. As I said earlier, I don't believe I need any of what is there to use those applications; they are all available via other means.

    I will look into both reply answers, and I thank you for your quick responses.
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    [quote name='flavet' post='779456' date='11-Jun-2009 19:58']As I said earlier, I don't believe I need any of what is there to use those applications; they are all available via other means.[/quote]

    If you mean that these applications start when you boot the system and you don't want all of them to start at that time check out WhatInStartup - Disable/delete programs at Windows startup.

    OTOH, if you mean that you just don't want to see the icon I'm afraid you are out of luck unless the individual application lets you set an option.

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    I have only six icons in the current items group. I have them set for "never show".

    My concern was not whether they started at boot up, just thought there may be a way to purge something I do not use.

    Only two of them are shortcuts to app's that I use: AVG and HP support stuff for my printer. Both of these have shortcuts on my Desktop, so do not need the ones in the notification area to support my use of these app's.

    There is only one I would use (VOLUME), but only if I had speakers attached, which I do not.

    The three remaining items: shortcuts to a Coral app, one for "Safely Remove Hardware" (have no idea what this is, nor where it came from), and finally, an icon named "Indexing Complete", which appeared yesterday after I downloaded and installed a Windows Update patch I hid last year not knowing what it was or what it would do for me (I believe this one is really a shortcut for Windows Search app).

    I said in my original post for this, that I can live with these just like they are, but due to my lack of expertise (? - as well as spelling ability), I just wanted to know if anyone knew of a way to remove unwanted ones. I tried right clicking to see if there was a context dropdown like there is for getting rid of desktop shortcuts to no avail.

    Anyway, I have all the answers I need on this topic, and I want to again thank all the responded.
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    [quote name='flavet' post='779539' date='12-Jun-2009 10:47']Only two of them are shortcuts to app's that I use: AVG and HP support stuff for my printer. Both of these have shortcuts on my Desktop, so do not need the ones in the notification area to support my use of these app's.

    The three remaining items: shortcuts to a Coral app, one for "Safely Remove Hardware" (have no idea what this is, nor where it came from), and finally, an icon named "Indexing Complete", which appeared yesterday after I downloaded and installed a Windows Update patch I hid last year not knowing what it was or what it would do for me (I believe this one is really a shortcut for Windows Search app).

    Anyway, I have all the answers I need on this topic, and I want to again thank all the responded.[/quote]
    Just to add an answer you might not need, but what the heck.... the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is for an external device, probably connected by USB. Do you have a USB keyboard, mouse, memory stick or external drive attached ?? If so, that would be what the Safely Remove icon is for.

    AVG may have a setting you can change to remove that icon as might your HP printer software.
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    Some of these you can remove, for example the Volume icon: there's a check box "Place volume icon in the taskbar" in the Sounds and Audio Devices control panel. Clear this if you don't want the speaker icon.

    Others indicate that applications are started automatically. You can use a program such as Whatsinstartup mentioned higher up in this topic to find out about those.

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