Controlling How Notifications Appear

In previous versions of Windows, the notification area (also sometimes called the system tray or the status area) often becomes crowded with tiny icons—many of which don't "notify" you of anything. To deal with notification-area congestion, Windows 7, by default, keeps a few icons visible at all times but hides the icons that you aren't actually using. And unlike previous Windows versions, the notification area doesn't consume an increasingly large chunk of the taskbar; new icons are corralled in a box that appears only when you click the arrow at the left end of the notification area to display the hidden items .

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You can personalize this behavior in the Notification Area Icons control panel. To get there, display the hidden notification area icons and click Customize. Alternatively, begin typing notification in the Start menu search box or the Control Panel search box, and then click Notification Area Icons n

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For each notification area icon, you can select one of three options:

• Show Icon And Notifications Selecting this option displays the icon on the taskbar at all times.

• Hide Icon And Notifications With this option, the icon appears only when you click the arrow at the left end of the notification area. Notifications from the program are squelched.

• Only Show Notifications Like the previous option, this one hides the icon, but it allows its program to pop up notification messages .

The system icons (Clock, Volume, Network, Power, and Action Center) can be remanded to the box of hidden icons by selecting either of the last two options . But if you'd rather banish one or more of them altogether, click Turn System Icons On Or Off. The dialog box shown in Figure 4-8 appears .

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Figure 4-8 Windows displays four (or five, for battery-powered computers) notification area icons unless you modify the System Icons options here .

One final option can come in handy if you don't like having to click the arrow to display hidden icons (and you don't mind having a string of notification area icons as long as your arm). If you want to see all your notification area icons at all times, select Always Show All Icons And Notifications On The Taskbar. This is an all-or-nothing proposition, but remember that you can turn off any of the system icons you don't use. Also, some well-behaved programs have an option (usually accessible by clicking the notification area icon and choosing Options) to not display their icons

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