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How to Clear Customize Notifications (Taskbar Corner Overflow) Icons

Over time, many invalid or obsolete taskbar notification icons may appear on the “Customize notifications” or the “Select which icons appear on the Taskbar” page with duplicate, invalid or missing icons.

Customize Notifications Dialog with obsolete entries

On Windows 11, the setting is called “Taskbar corner overflow.” It’s located under Personalization → Taskbar, in the Settings app.

You may also see duplicate entries on that screen. It’s caused when a program updates to a new version, causing an additional entry appearing under the “Taskbar corner overflow” or “Customize notifications” settings page. For instance, this issue often happens with the Telegram Desktop app.

This article describes how to clear the past and current items list in the Customize Notifications dialog in Windows. Information and the script here apply to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Clear Customize Notifications (Taskbar corner overflow) Icons

Option 1: Using a Script

Here is a VBScript (for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11) that clears the customize notification icons for you.

  1. Close all your running programs.
  2. Download clear_notification_taskbar_overflow_icons.vbs
  3. Run the script file. It clears Taskbar overflow icons (aka, Customize Notifications items) and restarts the Explorer shell automatically.

    Here is what the customize notifications dialog (“Select which icons appear on the Taskbar”) looks like after clearing the obsolete entries.

    Customize Notifications Dialog after clearing. Programs will re-add their icons.

    You can see that the blank icons on the left are also fixed. (Compare Snagit icons.)

On Windows 11: Before running the script

After running the script

Contents of the VBScript


Option 2: Clearing the icons manually

To clear the Customize Notifications items list manually using the Registry Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  2. Exit (don’t restart) the Explorer shell cleanly. See instructions for Windows Vista/7, Windows 8 & 10.
    Exit Explorer in Windows 11?: Since Windows 11 doesn’t have the “Exit Explorer” GUI menu option, Windows 11 users can use the script method (“Option 1”) instead, or use Task Manager to end the Explorer.exe process. It won’t be a graceful termination, though.
  3. At this point, the Taskbar and your desktop icons wouldn’t be visible. From the Task Manager’s File menu, launch the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  4. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following branch:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
  5. Delete the two values, namely IconStreams and PastIconsStream
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.
  7. From the Task Manager’s File menu, launch Explorer.exe. This starts the Windows shell again.

The Windows shell is the graphical user interface for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Its primary elements consist of the desktop, the taskbar, and the Start menu.

This clears your customize notification tray icons in the Taskbar in all versions of Windows, including Windows 11.

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