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The Customize button in the Taskbar tab of the Taskbar Properties dialog box opens the Notification Area Icons dialog box red-circle-a, which allows you to modify the Notification area. You can choose to do the following for all or some tools:

  • Show icons and notifications
  • Hide icons and notifications
  • Show only notifications

The Only Show Notifications option displays the status icon only when there is a message or condition that the program wants you to know about.

The Notification Area Icons dialog box is a control panel. Notification area icon menus typically contain commands that open utilities and control panels. The Date/Time icon is a good example of this behavior.

To change the date or time

  1. Tap, or move your cursor over, the Date/Time icon (at the far right of the taskbar).
  2. In the Date/Time pop-up window that appears red-circle-b, click the Change date and time settings link.


    red-circle-b The Date/Time icon can be used to view and modify the system date and time.

    This opens the Date And Time control panel.

  3. Make your changes, and then close the control panel.

There are many other ways to get to control panels. For example, you can use the search function in Windows 8 to find a control panel by its name. But using a Notification area icon to launch control panels is one of the easiest methods.

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