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System Tray Control

By TX Buck ·
There have been recent articles on placing icons in the system tray and also on etiquette or rules concerning under what conditions to use these
procedures. However, this begs the question of how to remove the icons that already exist.

Some applications, such as Webshots, allow you to remove the icon by deselecting it in the properties configuration. Other applications,
such as Atomica, do not provide this option. Short of uninstalling the application, how would you remove the former? Is there a way during
installation to prevent icon insertion into the system tray, maybe through temporarily hiding the system tray from the application?

Buck Buchanan

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Check your registry

by privately_owed In reply to System Tray Control

As a general rule, there are three ways to have an application's icon always be in the tray when a user starts his/her computer (which means the app is always started at startup. One is to put a shortcut in the Startup folder in the start menu, another is to install the app as an autostarting interactive service, the third (which I believe is what webshots does) is to place an entry under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run key in your registry. If you can find the entry there that references the problem app, you can delete the key, and that app won't trouble you again by automatically dumping itself into the tray.

Hope that helps you, but do be careful when mucking around the registry...

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Wait... just to be clear

by privately_owed In reply to Check your registry

Just to be clear... delete the *value* under the Run key, NOT the Run key itself!

Also, Win9x has a RunService and RunServiceEX (I think) key in the same path as Run, which may also contain a reference to the problem app.

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