January 21, 2005
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Wow, this week I received a record number of submissions to Gary's question on eliminating some of those system tray icons. In one form or another, many of you gave the same great solution, which was to jump right into Windows msconfig or the Windows Registry to eliminate certain startup programs. However, since we don't know the computer proficiency of Gary and of others who might be seeking advice on this topic, this week's winning answer by Mark F. scales the process back a couple of steps and gives an incredible explanation of the Windows system tray and how to safely trim down some of the programs lurking in them. In any case, if your computer proficiency is beyond the novice level and you're looking for a more advanced solution, by all means, please check out the honorable mentions and other recommendations by our members. You can then decide from there which approach is best for you. And, as always, if you have additional advice to offer, please join us in the discussion. Thanks, everyone!
Member Question of the WeekMy system tray in Windows XP is loaded with icons, which I understand means that these programs are running in the background. I went to the Startup Folder under Programs, but it is empty. How can I keep some of these programs from automatically loading (such as Windows Messenger, which according to my Add/Remove Programs window is not even supposed to be running!). Thank you.
Submitted by: Gary H.Hi, Gary. So, your system tray is overloaded with icons, and you want to trim their numbers down. I don't blame you. As useful as the system tray in Windows is, it's another place for program vendors to advertise that you are using their software, and the tray can soon grow to excessive proportions. For anyone else reading this who is not quite sure what or where the system tray, (normally shortened to systray), is, have a look at this...
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