63. How Do I Clear Past Items From The
Windows XP will neatly hide any icons in the
notification area when they become inactive. You are
also given the option to also permanently hide or
display the icon if you so wish.
Unfortunately, although this idea neatens up
your notification area, if you right click the task
bar , select properties and then, in the taskbar and
startup menu properties window, you click the
customise button under the notification area section
you will see, not only the current icons displayed,
but also every single past icon that has been in the
notification area. To get rid of these past items
requires editing the registry as follows:
Before making any changes to the registry it is
recommended that you make a backup copy of your
registry either from within the registry Editor (see
62. How do I backup the Registry in Windows XP
- Click the Start button.
- In the Start menu click Run.
- In the Run dialog box type: regedit
- The registry editor window will open
- Navigate to the following registry key:
- Delete the following
registry key values: IconStreams
- Now Open the Task
Manager by Right clicking on the
taskbar and selecting
task manager from the menu.
- In the Task Manager window
click the Processes tab.
- Click Explorer.exe and then
click End Process.
- Next click File on the
Task Manager main toolbar. From
the drop down menu click, New Task.
- In the Create New Task
dialog box type: explorer
- Finally click OK.