Hide All Items on the Windows XP System Tray Except Volume Control

Posted on 2012-08-21
Last Modified: 2012-09-15

I want to restrict users from launching applications using the icons on the Windows XP system tray.  Hence, I want to hide ALL the icons on the Windows XP System Tray, EXCEPT for the Volume control (see attached snapshot).

Is there any way to achieve this? (e.g. via certain Windows registry settings etc).

Question by:paragpjoshi
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    There is no except. You can do a hide all via group policy. My advice is to hide all the icons on the tray and allow the user to change the volume in the control panel or add a shortcut to the desktop.

    in Group Policy Go to User Settings -> Administrative Templates -> Hide Notification Area
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    create a new organisation unit in AD, add some users in, then setup a Group policy and test various options

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    Thanks  gbarrientos.

    I want to hide the System Tray icons for only certain OS Users.  e.g. Administrator and certain Users NEED to have access to these icons.  Is it correct that setting Hide Notification Area in the Group Policy will apply this across the board (even for admin users).

    1. Is there any way in which this can be done in Group Policy for Certain users only?

    2. Do you know the registry key [Hkey Local User] to hide notification area?

    Note that the machines are NOT connected to a domain but in a local workgroup

    Thanks for your help once again.

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