Sometimes referred to as the system tray, Systray, shell notification area, and the taskbar status area. The notification area is a portion of Microsoft Windows that was first introduced with Windows 95 and found with all later versions of Windows that display programs running in the background. The notification area is located on the right portion of the Taskbar next to the time. The image shows two examples of what the Windows notification area look like. The top image shows the layout of all versions prior to Windows 7; the introduction of Windows 7 gave a new look to the Systray, hiding all the icons until the user clicks the small "up arrow."
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