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Enable or Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Area Icons to Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8


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The notification area is a part of the taskbar that provides a temporary source for notifications and status. It can also be used to display icons for system and program features that are not on the desktop. The notification area was known historically as the system tray or status area.

By default, the only icons that will be visible in this area are some system icons. However, you can select which icons appear on the taskbar, and which icons hide in the overflow section.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic temporary promotion of newly added notification area icons to the taskbar for all or specific users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you enable automatic promotion of notification icons and do not have Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar checked, newly added notification icons are temporarily promoted to show in the notification area on the taskbar. Users are still able to configure icons to be shown or hidden in the notification area on the taskbar.

If you disable automatic promotion of notification icons, newly added notification icons are not temporarily promoted to the taskbar. Users are still able to configure icons to be shown or hidden in the notification area on the taskbar.


EXAMPLE: Notification Area Icons on Taskbar

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Notification Icons Automatic Promotion - Enable or Disable OPTION ONE Notification Icons Automatic Promotion - Enable or Disable
Enable or Disable Promotion of Notification Icons using a REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

NoSystraySystemPromotion DWORD

0 = Disable
1 = Enable


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons for Only Current User
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Automatic_Promotion_Notifcation_Icons.reg

download

3. Enable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons for Only Current User

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Automatic_Promotion_Notifcation_Icons.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







Notification Icons Automatic Promotion - Enable or Disable OPTION TWO Notification Icons Automatic Promotion - Enable or Disable
Enable or Disable Promotion of Notification Icons using Group Policy

1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Turn off automatic promotion of notification icons to the taskbar to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

6. Enable Automatic Promotion of Notification Icons

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.








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Shawn