Take icons off inactive icons list ???

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by lm_mario, Dec 31, 2001.

  1. lm_mario

    lm_mario Guest


    I noticed that when an icon appears in the system tray that it also appears in the taskbar properties under the hide inactive icons. Well I woudl like to know how to remove some of the icons listed in that area. Is there anyway to delete some of them that are listed there???

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    Right click on an open area of the task bar> properties> "customize" button at bottom> Click on the icon you want to modify and a little pull-down menu will show up to the right of it with the options you want.
  3. lm_mario

    lm_mario Guest

    no i want to take them off the list... not hide them


    I don't want to hide the icons... I want the icons off the list... as if they ha dnever been put into the system tray.
  4. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

    Hmmm, that one i'll have to get back to you on. If you find the answer before me be sure to post it.
  5. lm_mario

    lm_mario Guest

    ok thanks for takign the time

    thank you... I hope you find the answer 8)
  6. Hilander

    Hilander Guest

    That's a good one. I just noticed how cluttered mine has become. And even programs I've deleted the icons stay in the Past Icon List.
    Got to be a way to delete them.
    Anybody find it please post.
  7. existenz

    existenz Guest

    That's a problem I had before. You just have to delete some registry keys and they'll be gone, starting a FRESH one! yay!

    I can't seem to paste the site...but what you do is go to...


    and search for 'deleting past taskbar items' under category Windows XP.

    Choose the first result.

    BUT! if you trust me, this is what you have to do...

    To clear the Past Items list, perform the following steps:

    Delete the IconStreams and PastIconsStream values from the following registry key:

    Open Task Manager, click the Processes tab, click Explorer.exe , and then click End Process .

    In Task Manager, click File , click New Task , type explorer , and then click OK .
  8. Hilander

    Hilander Guest

    When the search parameters don't work at the link provided and the next line is "If you Trust me...." I tend to get a little nervous. I thought I'd wait until someone else tried it, but I backed up the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive, found the keys, followed your instructions and well it worked!:D
    A couple of extra thoughts:
    1)Back up (export) at least the HKEY_CURRENT_USER hive before you delete anything.

    2) Do not close the Task manager after ending the explorer.exe process-otherwise you have to use the 3 finger salute to get to the Task Manger
    3) I had to log off and log on again to bring up all my icons again. But the past items was clean as a bell!

  9. lm_mario

    lm_mario Guest

    dude it still doesn't work


    I went to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre

    but i didn't find the TrayNotify area.

    Can you give any other directions? Maybe you made a mistake.
  10. lm_mario

    lm_mario Guest

    oops i foudn it

    hehehe i just reinstalle dwindows and hadn't enable dhiding icons.. but when i did the registry key appeared again ... thanks for helping 8)
  11. existenz

    existenz Guest

    hmmm...sorry guys.

    I didn't shut down explorer.exe neither.

    I copied those instructions from Microsoft's website search, so yeah...it was just for the registry entries :D
  12. leobull

    leobull Guest

    see my post in this forum --taskbar past items