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Remove notification area (System tray) RRS feed

  • Question

  • It seems that the notification area cannot be removed under Steady State... or have I missed something?

     

    If if can't be removed this way, I would greatly appreciate any pointers in the right direction. The reason is that on our computers both sound and video options allow semi-destructive options from icons in the tray. I know they can be hidden but the students know how to find them too.

     

    BTW, I am reluctant to use Disk Protection (which would fairly quickly remedy any changes) as it interferes with some legacy software we are running (long story...)

     

    Thanks for any perspectives on this...

     

    Jim Brook

     

     

     

    Friday, October 5, 2007 1:08 AM

Answers

  • (answering my own question again, for the record...)

     

    I have just found out one way of doing this... Use gpedit.msc to turn the setting off globally and use Tweak Manager Pro to turn it on for myself.

     

     

    Friday, October 5, 2007 3:13 AM

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  • Further to my initial query, I have found the appearance of items in the Notification area is controlled by a registry setting NoTrayItemsDisplay.

     

    I can change this globally using gpedit.msc. However I want the icons to be available when I am logged in but not the student/user.

     

    gpedit.msc only allows me to alter the per user setting for the currently logged on user, i.e. myself. If I log in as student/user, the protection provided by Steady State prevents me from making the change.

     

    Any suggestions greatly appreciated, as usual.

     

    Jim Brook.

     

    Friday, October 5, 2007 2:24 AM
  • (answering my own question again, for the record...)

     

    I have just found out one way of doing this... Use gpedit.msc to turn the setting off globally and use Tweak Manager Pro to turn it on for myself.

     

     

    Friday, October 5, 2007 3:13 AM
  • Hi Jim,

     

    Thanks for sharing your solution with us. The 'Hide Notification Area' feature is not included in SteadyState. You can refer to the following thread for more information.

     

    'Hide Notification Area' feature not in SteadyState

    http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsToolsandUtilities/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1822413&SiteID=69

     

    For your reference, to prevent some users from applying a group policy, you can refer to the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

     

    Domain group policy

    315675 How To Keep Domain Group Policies from Applying to Administrator

    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=315675

     

    Local group policy

    325351 HOW TO: Apply Local Policies to All Users Except Administrators on Windows Server 2003 in a Workgroup Setting

    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325351

     

    Best Regards,

    Monday, October 8, 2007 5:53 AM