Create Direct Shortcut for “Notification Area Icons” in Windows Vista and Later
If we want to customize notification area icons settings in Windows 7 or later, we have to first open Taskbar Properties and then click on Customize button to change them. Windows XP and Vista users also have to follow similar steps to access the Settings page.
Wouldn't it be great if you can have a direct shortcut to "Notification Area Icons" window so that you can access it within a click?
Recently one AskVG reader "Macko" asked about it via email:
Dear Mr. Vishal Gupta,
Long time I've been reading your blog for tweaking XP issues, and they are quite awesome. Yet, I have a question for you, since I do not know where to look for the answer. I want to create a shortcut for "Customize Notifications" (the same as TaskBar Properties/Notification Area/Customize) and I cannot find the way. I hope you can help me.
So today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to create a shortcut to "Notification Area Icons" in Windows Vista and later. We have tested it in Windows 7 but it should also work in other Windows versions:
1. Right-click on Desktop and select "New -> Shortcut":
2. It'll launch "Create Shortcut" wizard. Now enter any of following strings in location box:
%SystemRoot%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 5
3. After entering the location, click on "Next" button. Now type Customize Notification Area Icons in name box and click on "Finish" button. It'll create a new shortcut on Desktop.
4. Now its time to change the icon. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon" button. Type taskbarcpl.dll in text box and press Enter. Select the first icon, click on OK button and then Apply the changes.
5. That's it. You'll get the desired shortcut on Desktop:
You can also put it in Quick launch toolbar or pin to Taskbar in Windows.
NOTE: If you don't want to create the shortcut manually and want a ready-made shortcut, download following ZIP file, extract it and you'll get the shortcut:
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