How to Remove NVIDIA Control Panel from System Tray

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Every NVIDIA graphics card user probably notices a small NVIDIA icon inside the system tray on Windows, suggesting that the program is running in the background. But, since it is barely used, how can we remove the icon from the system tray?

In this tutorial, I will show you the way.

NOTE: You can’t disable NVIDIA Control Panel by default. It’s important for the hardware to run properly. The closest you can do is just removing its icon, but you can’t stop the program from running.

How to remove NVIDIA Control Panel icon

1. Go to the system tray program list and click on the NVIDIA icon.

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2. Click the Desktop menu and uncheck Show Notification Tray Icon.

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3. You should notice the icon is no longer appear on the system tray.

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You can also go to Start Menu and find Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

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Then, turn off on the NVIDIA Container. This process would be resulting in the same way.

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Why I can’t disable the NVIDIA Control Panel?

As I mentioned before, the NVIDIA Control Panel was being built with the graphics card driver. Hence, you cannot disable this specific feature individually. If you want to disable it, you also have to disable (or uninstall) the driver which in most cases could break the resolution and makes the hardware not function properly.

In other words: you can’t, and you should not.

Besides, the NVIDIA Container itself only consumes a small amount of memory and barely having a CPU process when running. During my normal usage, NVIDIA Container only uses roughly 7 MB of RAM and 0% of CPU.

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While NVIDIA Control Panel can’t be closed, there is another program from NVIDIA named GeForce Experience and actually can be removed! Check out how to disable NVIDIA GeForce Experience from running on startup.

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