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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Always show all icons in the system tray


In some situations I need to always show all icons in the system tray.

So instead of this layout:


All users on the computer must see all icons ad shown here:


This can be done through the GUI by selecting Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar:


This can also be done for all users through a registry change.

Creating this registry dword value HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\EnableAutoTray and set it to zero will show the full tray for all new users on this computer.

If the user has another value in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\EnableAutoTray this will be used instead of the one in HKLM.


We can set the value by this command in a SCCM or MDT task sequence:

Reg.exe Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer" /v EnableAutoTray /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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