Remove Program Icons from the System Tray
Some programs offer a choice so that you can remove their program icons from the Notification Area. To find these options, right-click the program’s icon and choose Properties, Preferences, or any other choice that will allow you to set the program’s configuration. Look around and you might find what you are looking for.
If you can’t find an option to remove the icon and you see icons for items you don’t need or use (like instant messaging, Napster, RealPlayer, jukebox or other music software, or programs you’ve downloaded but don’t use), you can tell Windows you don’t want those programs to automatically start and you don’t want their icons to appear in the System Tray when you start Windows. Here’s how:
1. Click Start and then click Run. In the Run dialog box, type msconfig.exe. Click OK.
2. Click the Startup tab.
3. Uncheck items that you recognize and don’t want to start automatically. If you are unsure about an item, jot down the path to the program and see if you can figure out what it is by browsing there and starting the program. If that doesn’t work, you can look up the program in question on the Internet.
4. Click OK and restart your computer.
5. On reboot, read the information and click OK in the System Configuration Utility dialog box. You’ll notice fewer icons in the System Tray.
Tip: If you get error messages on startup, find out what program those errors are related to and uncheck that item in the System Configuration utility. You might find that those error messages go away on the next boot up.