How to Clear Customize Notifications (System Tray) Icons in Windows?

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Over time, many invalid or obsolete taskbar notification icons may show up in the “Customize notifications” or the “Select which icons appear on the Taskbar” page with invalid or missing icons.

Customize Notifications Dialog with obsolete entries

This article describes how to clear the past and current items list in the Customize Notifications dialog in Windows. Information and the script here applies to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

How to Clear Customize Notifications Icons in Windows

1. Clearing the Customize Notification icons Using Script

Here is a VBScript (for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10) that clears the customize notification icons for you.

  1. Close all your running programs.
  2. Download
  3. Unzip and run the clear-notification-items.vbs script file.

    It clears Customize Notifications items, restarts Explorer shell automatically and shows a message.

    Here is how the customize notifications dialog (“Select which icons appear on the Taskbar”) looks like after clearing the obsolete entries.

    Customize Notifications Dialog, after clearing. Programs will re-add their icons.

    You can see that the blank icons that appeared on the left, are also fixed. (Compare Snagit icons.)

2. Clearing the Customize Notification icons manually

To clear the Customize Notifications items list manually using the Registry Editor, follow these steps:

  1. Launch regedit.exe and press Enter
  2. Navigate to the following registry branch:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesLocal SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionTrayNotify
  3. Delete the two values namely IconStreams and PastIconsStream
  4. Exit the Registry Editor
  5. Terminate the Explorer Shell cleanly. See instructions for Windows Vista & 7, Windows 8 and 10

This clears your customize notification tray icons in the Taskbar.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.