How to Hide the Notification Area

Some users don’t like the notifications tray that Windows has by default in the right-corner of the screen, yes the one with the time and date. You can disable this by editing a registry value. And it’s quite easy. We’ll explain it below

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Registry Editing can be dangerous and should be done with care. Please make a restore point before editing your registry. If you have doubts about what you are doing, then stop immediately and ask for support in the comments. We would like to remind you that editing your registry is at your own risk. If done wrong Registry Editing can lead to system corruption and might even render your system unusable resulting in re-installation of your operating system.

1. On your keyboard press the Windows flag and the R key at the same time (Windows +R) or open Start.

2. Now type Regedit.exe (1) and click on OK (2)

Run: Regedit How to Hide the Notification Area how to hide the notification area

Run: Regedit

3. Now Unfold HKEY_CURRENT_USER

4. Then Unfold Software

5. Then Unfold Microsoft

6. Then Unfold Windows

7. Then Unfold CurrentVersion

8. Then Unfold Policies

9.  Then Unfold Explorer

8. Now double-click on NoTrayItemsDisplay and change the value of NoTrayItemsDisplay  to 1

If they key does not exist, then right-click an empty location and choose New -> DWORD

9. Click on OK and close Regedit. A reboot might be neccesarry for the changes to take effect upon your system.

 

If you wish to disable this tweak at a later moment just repeat the steps above and change the value back to the orginal value, which was 0. If you have any questions regarding this tweak, please feel free to ask them.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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