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Notification area settings do not "stick" after reboot

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Notification area settings do not "stick" after reboot


    Hello. I have a problem with the notification area settings: they do not "stick" after reboot. The program icons that I want to see in the notification area are hidden, but some system icons like sound, network, power settings and action center icons are not hidden (I guess it's the default behavior).

    How do I make windows save the changes to my notification area and keep them once I reboot ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello kakadas,

    Do you have Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar box checked?

    Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    No I have not. I need to have the overflow section of the notification area, because there are some programs that I don't care about, while the ones I care are placed in the notification area for quick access.

    Here's a picture of my current configuration:
    Click image for larger version

    Which get's cleared to this default configuration:
    Click image for larger version

    And any other programs that I may run after the reset are put in the overflow section of the notification area.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    For the icons for programs that you don't want, double check the program's settings to see if there may a "Remove icon from tray" or "Remove icon from notification area" type option to remove it with.

    I've found that the default Windows system icons (sound, network, action center, etc...) don't always mind what you have set.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    For the icons for programs that you don't want, double check the program's settings to see if there may a "Remove icon from tray" or "Remove icon from notification area" type option to remove it with.

    I've found that the default Windows system icons (sound, network, action center, etc...) don't always mind what you have set.
    I use "Notification Area Cleaner x64" to cleanup my old tray icons and reset anything that might have become corrupt. It's designed for Windows 7, but works in 8.1 too with the problem that you have to reboot after to refill the system tray with the icons you want, and have to reset them, but it does get rid of the old uninstalled ones.

    As with the default icons, that darn little "Input Indicator" likes to show it's face now & then, the little devil.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    For the icons for programs that you don't want, double check the program's settings to see if there may a "Remove icon from tray" or "Remove icon from notification area" type option to remove it with.

    I've found that the default Windows system icons (sound, network, action center, etc...) don't always mind what you have set.
    Unfortunately this is not the case, as my notification area was working fine with no need to fiddle with any of the program settings.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    I use "Notification Area Cleaner x64" to cleanup my old tray icons and reset anything that might have become corrupt. It's designed for Windows 7, but works in 8.1 too with the problem that you have to reboot after to refill the system tray with the icons you want, and have to reset them, but it does get rid of the old uninstalled ones.

    As with the default icons, that darn little "Input Indicator" likes to show it's face now & then, the little devil.
    Unfortunately (again), this is didn't fix my issue. Ran the .bat file, waited for the explorer.exe to reload, set my desired configuration of icons (like in the 1st picture in my last post), rebooted and still the issue persists...

    I think the cause of my issue is due to corrupt or missing registry keys.

    I would like to ask any of You who are running Windows 8.1 to show a print screen of the following registry key path:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    Post a picture of it here and I will look to see if I have any missing keys...
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    For the icons for programs that you don't want, double check the program's settings to see if there may a "Remove icon from tray" or "Remove icon from notification area" type option to remove it with.

    I've found that the default Windows system icons (sound, network, action center, etc...) don't always mind what you have set.
    You have too many tutorials sir. This works for me Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

    EDIT: Sorry - that was already suggested
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    kakadas,

    If what Cliff posted doesn't help, then you might see if resetting the notification area back to default in case of corruption, then set them back to how you wanted to see if they stick then.

    Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Try dragging and dropping them manually.

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