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2. The User Interface > 14. Hack Your Way Through the Interface

Hack Your Way Through the Interface

Use Registry hacks to make a grab bag of great interface changes.

Hidden in the mazes of the Registry are countless ways to hack XP’s interface. Following are some of my favorites.

Hide All Icons in the Notification Area

The system tray, also called the notification area, is the small area on the far-right side of the taskbar, in which utilities and programs that run in the background, such as antivirus software, show their icons.

I don’t find it a particularly intelligent use of screen real estate, so I prefer not to see the icons there. To hide them, run the Registry Editor [Hack #83] and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Policies/Explorer. Among other things, this key controls the display of objects throughout XP. Create a new DWORD called NoTrayItemsDisplay. Assign it a value of 1. (A value of 0 will keep the icons displayed.) Exit the Registry and reboot.


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