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How do I disable the Java icon in the Windows System Tray?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003
  • Java version(s): 6.0

A Java icon is shown in the system tray whenever an applet written with Java technology is running. The Java icon provides easy access to the Java Control Panel and the Java Console. In addition, you can easily find information about the Java version. The icon is removed from the system tray at the completion of the applet or application execution. Disable the Java icon through the Advanced tab of the Java Control Panel.

Java icon in the system tray .

Find the Java Control Panel

Windows 8
Use search to find the Control Panel
  • Press Windows logo key + W to open the Search charm to search settings
    OR
    Drag the Mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner of the screen, then click on the Search icon.
  • In the search box enter Java Control Panel
  • Click on Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows 7, Vista
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • In the Control Panel Search enter Java Control Panel.
  • Click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.
Windows XP
  • Click on the Start button and then click on the Control Panel option.
  • Double click on the Java icon to open the Java Control Panel.


Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above

  • Click on Apple icon on upper left of screen.
  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel.

    Java Control Panel


Disable the Java icon through the Java Control Panel

  1. In the Java Control Panel, click on the Advanced tab.
  2. Expand the Miscellaneous option.
  3. Place Java Item in system tray option is checked by default. Un-check the option to disable the Java icon in the system tray.

    Un-check the option to disable the Java icon in the system tray
  4. Click Apply
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

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