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How Do I Customize My Taskbar Icons in Windows® 7

December 07, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to easily customize your Windows® icons in the system tray

Windows® 7 allows you to customize the icons displayed in the Windows® notification area (taskbar or system tray). The icons will automatically hide after a set period of time. This can be a benefit because it increases the workspace, but it may also be problematic. For example, by default, the Skype® icon hides automatically after a certain period of time. Therefore, if you are not looking at the screen the moment someone sends you a message, you may miss it, and you will not learn about it until you expand the list of icons. Therefore, you may wish to have the Skype® icon permanently displayed. To learn how to easily customize your Windows® icons in the system tray, follow the instructions below.


  1. Click the arrow button in the Windows® notification area, and then click on the “Customize...” link.
  2. In the list of tray icons, find the program whose settings you wish to change, then select the option you prefer in the dropdown menu:
    Show icon and notifications – the icon will be always displayed.
    Hide icon and notifications – the icon will be always hidden.
    Only show notifications – the icon will be shown only if the program status changes.
  3. Click the “OK” button.
  4. Congratulations! You have now customized an icon in your Windows® taskbar!

Tips and tricks:

  • You can restore the default settings of all the Windows® icons by clicking on the “Restore default icon behaviors” link in the main settings window.
  • To turn all the system icons on or off, click on the link “Turn system icons on or off” in main settings window.


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