You may have noticed that down in your taskbar on the right side, more and more notification icons continue to appear. Some of these icons are for system functions, but some of them are for programs and applications. Here’s an easy way to manage your notification area.
In Windows 8, (Windows 7 will be very similar), open your Control Panel and then click “Taskbar and Navigation.” In the Taskbar and Navigation properties box, click the “Customize” button, which is to the right of “Notification area.” A window will open a listing of all the items displayed in your notification area.
First, go through the list and determine what icons you want to appear and which ones you want to provide notifications. Use the drop-down box to the right to make your selections. If you cannot make changes, remove the checkmark from the box at the bottom-left of “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar.”
Obviously, most of us want things like the “power” (for laptops), “network” and volume icons to be visible and giving us notifications all the time and you should also make sure your antivirus icon appears and you are receiving notifications from it as well.
Next, to make all the icons visible in the notification area, near the bottom, place a checkmark in the box “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar” and then click “OK” at the bottom to save your changes. Next, click “OK” to close the “Taskbar and Navigation properties” box.
Having all the icons visible all the time can be helpful too just in case something sneaks into your startup programs without your knowledge. For example, you may have recently noticed that your “SkyDrive” icon now appears in the notification area.
If you find your taskbar getting too crowded, go back to the “Notification Area Icons” page and remove the checkmark from the box “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar” and then click “OK” to save your changes. Click “OK” to close the “Taskbar and Navigation properties” box.
Next week, I’ll cover how to remove programs from the Notification area, which will help improve your computer’s boot up time and performance.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 13 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.