Notification Area icons

I'd like to remove (not hide) some icons from the Notification Area. My research indicates that it's only possible to remove icons for programs that have been uninstalled, and even that can only be done by hacking the registry. The icons I want to remove are for programs that are still installed, but don't belong there. These are programs that you close, but instead of exiting, they move themselves to the system tray, and you only know that if you click on Customize.

Windows must be storing the icon information somewhere. Is it possible to access that list and delete unwanted entries?

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Even Windows 8 let me hide or show them.
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I'm using Win 8.1

When you mentioned Windows 8, that reminded me that I'd forgotten to include that info in my original post.

At any rate, while hide may be the same as remove to you, it isn't to me. That's why I specified in my post that I'm looking for a way to remove icons. As I wrote, Windows has got to be storing that information somewhere. The question is: Where is it?

As far as programs that minimize to the tray, unless you specifically check all the settings to see if will do that, you're usually taken by surprise. By then, the damage is done. Windows has added that program's icon to the list.

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Windows 8 or 8.1 does not do this.

This is the app's choice. Windows does not do this, the app makes the choice and Windows abides by the app's choice.

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2 weeks later . . .

I never received notice that there were new posts here.

When you say the app makes the choice, that may be true, but it's misleading. It's Windows that's maintaining the list of Notification Area entries, and it's Windows that's adding entries. The fact that Windows is adding entries because programs told it to is irrelevant. Windows is keeping the list, and I'm amazed that there's no information available on that list's location and how to delete entries.

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I'm just a programmer.

Have written apps for Windows and other OSes for years.

The thing here is you want to dig into Windows so that's work for anyone. Here I would have to track down what that item is and if it's one I want gone I remove it. You seem to disagree about that so we are at a standstill.

Maybe you need to call Microsoft next?

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Your middle paragraph isn't clear to me

I don't understand what you're trying to say. Could I trouble you to rephrase?

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Middle paragraph.

In short you disagree so I have to leave you with that.

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It depends upon the operating system whatever you use. some operating system doesn't have these privileges.

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