How to Clear Customize Notifications (System Tray) Icons in Windows 7/Vista and XP

This article describes how to clear the past and current items list in the Customize Notifications window in Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Also, at the end of the article we provide a VBScript to automate the task.


Fig 1: Customize Notifications Dialog

To clear the Customize Notifications items list manually, follow the steps below:

1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press {Enter}



2. Navigate to the following branch:

[Windows XP]

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ TrayNotify

[Windows 7 & Windows Vista]

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Classes \ Local Settings \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ TrayNotify

3. Delete the two values namely IconStreams and PastIconsStream

4. Exit the Registry Editor

5. Terminate Windows Explorer / Shell cleanly. [Instructions for Windows XP / Windows Vista, Windows 7]


Fig 2: Customize Notifications items cleared. Currently running programs regenerate their entries.

Script to Automate

Here is a VBScript (runs in Windows XP/Vista/7) that can automate the above task for you. Download clear-notification-items.zip, unzip and run clear-notification-items.vbs file. It clears Customize Notifications items and restarts Explorer shell automatically.



19 thoughts on “How to Clear Customize Notifications (System Tray) Icons in Windows 7/Vista and XP

  1. I had to forcibly remove an old anti-virus and it left an annoying little icon that I couldn’t find anywhere else but in the notifications tray. Junk cleaner, registry hunt-down, skimming through files to find it nothing worked. This little magic file though…whatever it is and however it does it WORKED! I’m definitely going to use this in the future :)

  2. This is awesome!! it fixed my little annoying problem I was having with my Battery power icon disappearing! <3

  3. The “clear-notification-items.vbs” zip worked like a charm! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
    AWESOME !!! THANKS A MILLION!!!

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the automated.vbs script, it worked like a charm! Another computer aggravation bit the dust. The old stubborn crap is gone!

  5. Just used your automated .vbs script and it worked perfectly. Bye bye stubborn, old tray icons .. hello cleaned out tray! Fantastic stuff Ramesh and many thanks. :D

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