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notification area (plural notification areas)

  1. (computing, graphical user interface, Microsoft Windows) An area of the taskbar used for icons and alerts.
    • 2001, Paul McFedries, The complete idiot's guide to Windows XP
      When this check box is activated, Windows XP will hide notification area icons that you haven't used in a while.
    • 2002, David Pogue, Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual
      If you want to add these controls to the notification area, you must do it yourself, using the corresponding Control Panel programs...
    • 2005, Curt Simmons, Windows XP headaches
      The notification area is configured by default to hide icons when they are not in use...