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    Take control of taskbar-icon proliferation




    BEST PRACTICES

    Take control of taskbar-icon proliferation

    By Michael Lasky

    Over time, Windows' taskbar and notification area can become an ocean of visible and hidden icons for installed applications.
    Here's a guide to taking control of those icons how to weed them out, change their behavior, and even give them a new look.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/best-practices/take-control-of-taskbar-icon-proliferation/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    Michael, although I found your article comprehensive, it lacked a suggestion for what I have found to be an indispensable addition to my tools - SysTrayX by XDeskSoftware ( http://www.xdesksoftware.com/ ). You ought to take a look. It gives a person near-total control over their tray.

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    One advantage of going to msconfig once in awhile and doing a housekeeping is that your startups also slow down Windows boot and launch of user accounts. It isn't all about reducing Tray Clutter, although this is a nice side benefit.
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    Bob, you're right. I use Startup Control Panel by Mike Lin for that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    Bob, you're right. I use Startup Control Panel by Mike Lin for that as well.

    Chuck
    My favorite alternative is the CCleaner Startups Tab. Sysinternals also has very granular Startups controls in their Autoruns utility. To each our own.
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    I especially like the "change your icon" tip.
    This particular tip is useful in most, if not all, Windows operating systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I especially like the "change your icon" tip.
    This particular tip is useful in most, if not all, Windows operating systems.
    Also useful, although not permanent, is Eight Drive Icon Changer. It works only on drives, and only persists as long as the drives are connected, but it does allow assigning distinct icons to drives and partitions while you're working with them.

    For Tray Icons, the article has interesting and useful links to resources I didn't know existed.

    But the best way I know to avoid Tray Icon confusion is to reduce the number of Tray Icons, using methods in the article and in this thread.
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