Windows XP provides a mechanism for hiding all items in the Notification Area, except the clock. You can hide the Notification Area for a specific user or from all users of the Windows XP computer.

NOTE: See How do I hide the clock in the Windows XP Notification Area (System Tray)?

NOTE: If you hide all items in the Notification Area and the clock, the Notification Area is hidden from the taskbar.

To hide the Notification Area for the current user:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a HideNA.reg file:

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\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\]
"NoTrayItemsDisplay"=dword:00000001

2. Merge the HideNA.reg file with the user's registry or run regedit /s HideNA.reg.

3. The user must log off and log on for this setting to take effect.

To hide the Notification Area for all users:

1. Copy / Paste the following to a HideNA.reg file:

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\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\]
"NoTrayItemsDisplay"=dword:00000001

2. Merge the HideNA.reg file with the registry or run regedit /s HideNA.reg.

3. You must restart Windows XP for this setting to take effect.