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    Script to hide system tray icons

    Anyone know of a script to hide selected system tray items?
    I dont want to hide all items, only selected ones. I would do it through GP, but GP only offers hide all or show all

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    Which specific apps / utils do you want the tray icons hidden for ?

    Best bet would be to find each of the registry keys to hide each one and make one reg file and use GPO to silently merge them to the client pc's, should be able to store said reg file either in netlogon or sysvol or the likes I would of thought ( still got a lot of server side stuff to learn so not sure which location is better )

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    Random icons like print management software icon, gfx card menu icons, but still keep visable icons I want users to see such as volume, AV, Impero
    Where in the registry are system tray icons stored?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveaproblem View Post
    Where in the registry are system tray icons stored?
    They are stored as a binary value called IconStreams in the TrayNotify key...

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify]
    "IconStreams"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
      00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00
    Unless you are planning on distributing the changes you make to that value via a massive 800KB+ .reg file, you will need to use a PowerShell script to modify it...

    Windows 7 Notification Area Automation – Falling Back Down the Binary Registry Rabbit Hole Xtreme Consulting
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    You can do that from the taskbar. You don't need any special script for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconeti View Post
    You can do that from the taskbar.
    How would you do that for 1,000+ users?

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    The powershell method looks very complex and confusing to me..
    Stuck on what to do.
    If I show all notifications there's to much for kids to mess around with and they can rotate the display with the gfx card icon. If I hide all notifications they cant change the volume (Which is the main cause for not hiding notifications as I don't know another easy way for students to unmute/mute and adjust the volume)

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    If it helps, what we ended up doing was hiding all the notifications, then putting a shortcut in the Start Menu to the volume control. The kids quickly learned where it was and problem solved

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    HI

    Have a look here in gpo User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar and Hide the notification area and see if this is what you are after.

    Richard

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