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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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1.12. Control the Notification Area Icons

You can customize the way that Windows 7 displays the icons in the notification area to ensure a particular icon is always visible or to turn off an icon's notifications.

The notification area in the Windows 7 taskbar shows only a few icons: Volume, Network, and Action Center, and notebook PCs also show the Power icon. All other Windows 7 icons and third-party program icons are hidden, and you access them by clicking the Show Hidden Icons arrow to the left of the notification area.

However, Windows 7 does display all notifications generated by the hidden icons, so you never miss important messages.

In certain cases you might want to customize the default arrangement. For example, many notification icons ...

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