“Select which icons appear on the taskbar” setting is missing

For a dozen years, Windows has had a setting – “what to display in the tray”. It’s called: “Select which icons appear on the taskbar“. And now in Windows 11, it’s gone. WHAT TO DO?

No need to panic. Billy has “improved” our life once again. I already went into

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

to pull out the hexadecimal values of the apocalypse… by the way, here’s a script… note that you need to have the app you want already opened in the tray to extract its ID:

# Export the TrayNotify key
$regPath = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify"
$exportPath = "C:\path\to\output\TrayNotifyBackup.reg"
Reg export $regPath $exportPath
Write-Output "TrayNotify key exported to $exportPath"

And then you need to insert this ID:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


But… it TURNED OUT, that Billy kind of made a convenient thing. You can DRAG icons from hidden to the active tray WITH A MOUSE. @#$%in mouse. And why couldn’t they write about this in the place where this setting was removed?

I apologize for the tone, but when you’re dealing with Billy – it’s hard to write any other way.

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