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How do I remove the icons that appear in my system tray?

A. The system tray icons are midway between a service and an application and have the advantage of a UI. They are listed under the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. You can remove them; however, be aware that doing so not only removes the icon but also stops the application from performing its actions.

To remove one of these icons from your system tray, perform the following steps:

  1. Start regedit.exe.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  3. Select the run value you want to remove (e.g., Microsoft IntelliType).
  4. Click Del.
  5. Close regedit.
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