Of all the locations on the desktop, how often do we pay attention to the lower right corner also known as the system tray/notification area? Unless we get a pop-up notification or want to check the time, probably not much.
But maybe you’d pay a little more attention to what you’ve got going on there by tweaking and customizing it a little.
That Dropbox icon
If you’ve got Dropbox installed, chances are the program automatically inserted the icon into the system tray right next to the Action Center flag, battery indicator, and other icons.
If you don’t want it there, removing it into the notification window is easy. Just click on the Dropbox icon, drag it towards the tiny arrow pointing upwards until the pop-up window appears, and drop in the icon.
While we’re here do you see anything else you’d like to move onto the taskbar to view it full-time? Just reverse the drag-and-drop process. Personally, I like to have easy access to Chrome’s notifications icon so I can quickly check my Google Now updates.
The drag-and-drop method works for nearly all icons in the system tray area with the exception of the current language indicator and the clock.
Click the upward facing arrow again and click Customize… in the pop-up window. This will open another window that shows you all the icons that are on the taskbar. The window also lists the ones hidden in the notification area and ones that only show up when a program is active.
For each icon you have the choice of showing it on the taskbar or to only show the icon when notifications are present. Choosing Show icon and notifications is no different than dragging-and-dropping something into the system tray area. The majority of the icons are labeled to only show notifications, which probably works for most of the icons you see there.
But there could be exceptions. Laptop users who often work with their computer plugged in, for example, might consider changing the power notification to ‘Only show notifications’ to free up some Taskbar space.
Working with system icons
You might also want to tweak the system icons. Using the same window as before, click the blue link that says Turn system icons on or off.
Now, you’ll see a new set of icons such as power, Action Center, clock, and volume that can be turned on or off. They should all be on by default. If, for some reason, you’d rather not see the volume indicator or power icon just flip them to “Off” from the drop down menu.
Working on the notification area/system tray is pretty limited, but even a few tweaks to customize it can make you more efficient and reduce annoying taskbar clutter.
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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.