It turns out Microsoft has found yet another way to annoy the users of Office 2010 – Office Upload Center. Yes, the same tool which we mentioned about just yesterday. As it turns out there is no easy way to remove it from the system tray, the most annoying is the part that there is no Exit/Close option in the context menu.
Check it out yourself in the screenshot below:
The Upload Center is started during startup and I cannot disable it from Notification Area Icons window because of “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar” checkbox which is enabled. In fact, the Notification Area Icons feature is only able to hide the icon, not disable or remove it.
Microsoft has given the option to remove the icon from the system tray in Upload Center settings. Since it is given in-between other options, sometimes it can be confusing to find it. You just need to uncheck the “Display icon in notification area” checkbox and the icon will be removed.
Additionally if your system starts up pretty slow, you can disable Office 2010 from loading during startup. Type msconfig in Start Search and hit enter. Now go to Startup tab, disable Microsoft Office 2010, and hit OK.