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I do not want a system tray app/icon; it seems to be bloatware and clutters up my system tray.  I did not see how to disable this in the Options.

Please add an-easy-to-find checkbox in Options to disable the system tray app/process/icon thing.

Edited by Jimmyhosen
Clarification: Forgot to emphasize the "unnecessary app/process" aspect of the problem, rather than the problem being merely the systray icon.

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Disabling is not the same as hiding, jefito. And csihilling, Evernote definitely has a choice over what tray processes their software creates (just FYI).

In any case, I found a workaround to get rid of the Evernote Tray icon. I remember the setting existing before. I don't know what happened to it. But anyway...

  1. Close Evernote and Evernote Tray.
  2. Go to your Evernote install folder, delete "EvernoteTray.exe"
  3. Create a blank text file, rename it to "EvernoteTray.exe" (make sure the extension is now .exe and not .txt)
  4. Put the new file in your Evernote install folder.

If the blank file isn't put there, Evernote will reinstall the tray program whenever it starts.

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Have you checked the Windows settings that control the system tray?  At a minimum you can hide the icon so that it only appears if click on the arrow.  

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6 hours ago, Jimmyhosen said:

That is unacceptable.  There should be an option to disable it.

I always have all icons showing.

I guess that would beg the question as to why you want to hide it?  Anyway, I'm a user like you and am unsure if this a Windows thing or an EN thing.  I do know Windows provides some control of the tray, EN does not. 

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8 hours ago, Jimmyhosen said:

There should be an option to disable it.

There is. Hide the icon, which you can do just like any other system tray icon via the Windows UI. Right-click on the date/time at the lower right hand corner, select "Customize notification icons", find the Evernote Tray Application, and select "Hide icon and notifications". Easy.

8 hours ago, Jimmyhosen said:

I always have all icons showing.

But evidently you don't want to have all icons showing. So take control over your icons. See above.

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8 hours ago, Eii said:

And csihilling, Evernote definitely has a choice over what tray processes their software creates (just FYI).

Got that, I should have been more specific in that I meant a user option within the app.

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12 hours ago, Eii said:

Disabling is not the same as hiding, jefito. And csihilling, Evernote definitely has a choice over what tray processes their software creates (just FYI).

In any case, I found a workaround to get rid of the Evernote Tray icon. I remember the setting existing before. I don't know what happened to it. But anyway...

  1. Close Evernote and Evernote Tray.
  2. Go to your Evernote install folder, delete "EvernoteTray.exe"
  3. Create a blank text file, rename it to "EvernoteTray.exe" (make sure the extension is now .exe and not .txt)
  4. Put the new file in your Evernote install folder.

If the blank file isn't put there, Evernote will reinstall the tray program whenever it starts.

I think you are disabling the software when you do this too though. The tray icons allow background syncs to happen even if EN isn't visible.

Just hide the icons. I have about 20 icons in there and I only have 3-4 showing, none of which are Evernote for me either.

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Eii, thank you!  That worked great.

EdH, auto-sync still works.

The main problem here is not the "icon", but the extra "app" to which the icon belongs.  Sorry if I was not clear on this.  Systray icons typically belong to a separate app/process from the app's main process.  Therefore, merely hiding the icon does not achieve the goal.

In order to allow revert back to original operation in case of causing app errors...  Instead of deleting "EvernoteTray.exe", I renamed it to "EvernoteTray_DISABLED.exe", then created the text file and renamed it as Eii had suggested.

Seems to be working perfectly so far.

The fact that the tray app/icon cannot be disabled seems to cause it to behave as pure "bloatware" in my case - which I hate.  I cannot think of a single use case for myself where Evernote is not "visible" - at least not for more than 30 seconds if I happen to go to a different app's window.

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6 minutes ago, Jimmyhosen said:

The fact that the tray app/icon cannot be disabled seems to cause it to behave as pure "bloatware" in my case - which I hate.  I cannot think of a single use case for myself where Evernote is not "visible" - at least not for more than 30 seconds if I happen to go to a different app's window.

Glad to hear it worked for you. I am not sure though I'd call something consuming 560KB of RAM bloatware. The icon has useful settings, at least for me, so I like to keep it available.

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That is exactly why toggle control should be allowed in Options.

I am okay with it being on by default, but I want to turn it off.

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On 2/24/2017 at 10:43 PM, Eii said:

Disabling is not the same as hiding, jefito. And csihilling, Evernote definitely has a choice over what tray processes their software creates (just FYI).

In any case, I found a workaround to get rid of the Evernote Tray icon. I remember the setting existing before. I don't know what happened to it. But anyway...

  1. Close Evernote and Evernote Tray.
  2. Go to your Evernote install folder, delete "EvernoteTray.exe"
  3. Create a blank text file, rename it to "EvernoteTray.exe" (make sure the extension is now .exe and not .txt)
  4. Put the new file in your Evernote install folder.

If the blank file isn't put there, Evernote will reinstall the tray program whenever it starts.

When you upgrade/uninstall, you may break. MSI will see the the exe is wrong and try to repair first. And probably fail since the original MSI (with the files) is no longer available.

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25 minutes ago, dconnet said:

When you upgrade/uninstall, you may break. MSI will see the the exe is wrong and try to repair first. And probably fail since the original MSI (with the files) is no longer available.

This is what is running on my machine right now. I'm not sure why people are worried about an 11MB process. Every single tab you have open in Chrome consumes more memory than that. <_<

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3 hours ago, EdH said:

This is what is running on my machine right now. I'm not sure why people are worried about an 11MB process.

Especially when you can hide it anyway.

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13 hours ago, dconnet said:

When you upgrade/uninstall, you may break. MSI will see the the exe is wrong and try to repair first. And probably fail since the original MSI (with the files) is no longer available.

At worst the blank file can be deleted for Evernote to create the correct one again then update.

All I did was provide a solution, guys. No need to go on and on with how much you love the lack of user options. Some people like to stay in control of their personal space and take it more seriously than others.

I do think bloatware is an overstatement and hiding is an OK solution. But customization options are good for users, too.

Have a good time, everyone.

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On 2/28/2017 at 1:20 AM, Eii said:

At worst the blank file can be deleted for Evernote to create the correct one again then update.

This may not work. It's the Windows MSI process that does the upgrade. If you delete the empty file, MSI may try to fix the installation before attempting to remove/upgrade. Since the original file is not available, you see an install failure. The only workarounds are to reinstall the exact same version (which effectively does a repair) or to manual attempt to unravel the install from the registry (or try something like Revo). (I worked on installers in another company for several years - even *I* won't go there!)

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4 hours ago, dconnet said:

This may not work. It's the Windows MSI process that does the upgrade. If you delete the empty file, MSI may try to fix the installation before attempting to remove/upgrade. Since the original file is not available, you see an install failure. The only workarounds are to reinstall the exact same version (which effectively does a repair) or to manual attempt to unravel the install from the registry (or try something like Revo). (I worked on installers in another company for several years - even *I* won't go there!)

Might be true. I guess whichever users are interested in this will be the ones to choose whether to bother or not.

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17 hours ago, dconnet said:

I worked on installers in another company for several years - even *I* won't go there!

I have -- fortunately -- been able to avoid installer work in my various jobs. I'd rather have my teeth pulled, one by one than work on installers. Isn't that what interns were created for?? :)

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I still want the systray *app* to be disabled and am thankful to be able to disable it.  Thank you, Eii, for the info.

When the time comes to uninstall, I can simply delete the empty pseudo-file that I created and return the filename of the original file to its original name.

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