Removing an icon

Question

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www.computerproblems.com/questions/question.cfm?id=11847

I want to remove an icon from the system tray, but I don't want to close the program. The program in question does not have an option to not display its icon while still running. Can you give any tips on how I find the icon and remove it in the Windows Registry? I've seen some Visual Basic:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;162613

and Delphi:

http://www.xploiter.com/programming/delphi/tips2.shtml#tip18

tips for how one can remove an icon, but there has to be an easier way!? Couldn't I just remove a line in the Windows Registry to avoid displaying this annoying icon?! Any ideas where I should look?

Sincerely,

Carl

Answer

This question was answered on November 12, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved Use the information provided at your own risk Open your registry and find the key below.

Each sub-key is a globally unique identifier (GUID) representing an icon, and the default value is usually a human-readable name for the namespace extension To delete an icon from your desktop step through the sub-keys until you find the key representing the icon you want to remove Delete the sub-key and the icon should disappear after your press F5 to refresh the desktop.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 12, 2004