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Stop Office 2010 Upload Center Icon from Displaying in the Taskbar

One of the new features in Office 2010 is the ability to upload your files to Office Web Apps. When you do, an Upload Center icon appears in the Taskbar and helps manage documents. Here’s how to stop it from showing up.

If you’re running Office 2010 and upload files to the web, you’ll notice the Microsoft Office Upload Center Icon appears on the Taskbar in the Notification Area. It will stay there even after you’re done uploading the document and closed out of all Office apps.


You can use this to monitor and control the documents you’re uploading to the web.


Getting rid of it is fairly simple. Right-click the icon and select Settings.


When the Microsoft Office Upload Center Settings window appears, under Display Options, uncheck Display icon in notification area and click OK. That is all there is to it…now it will no longer appear in the Taskbar.


After you upload your first document, it will also want to startup with Windows. You can go into msconfig and disable it from automatically starting up.


If you need to access it again, it’s part of  Office 2010 Tools which you can access from the Start Menu.


Or you can type upload center into the Search box in the Start Menu and hit Enter.


If you upload a lot of work to Microsoft Web Apps you might find this tool useful, but if you only occasionally upload docs, you might be annoyed by it always being in the Taskbar.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 06/17/10

Comments (5)

  1. Ben

    Great article. But I notice that after it’s been disabled and you save a file to your Sharedrive account it creates *another* startup entry which causes the program to startup on your next Windows login. I would prefer that it not startup at all; rather it should only be called when I upload and exit promptly after the upload completes. Why can’t you do that Microsoft? I notice my system starts up a little slower with this startup entry…

  2. Pepe Smith

    use CCLEANER, you can uncheck it from the startup

  3. Miko

    I tried the steps and after saving a document back to Skydrive I don’t see the MSOSync.exe entry in MsConfig get enabled to run on startup. I do have 2 Office 2010 entries in MSConfig but only 1 associated with MSOSync with the checkbox unchecked. I’m running Windows7.

    One cool feature of the new Office Upload Center is that it allows you to work on Skydrive documents offline. I was able to open a document at home, then work on it on the bus – after I saved and closed it I got a message from the Upload Center icon saying that the file was pending upload – and when I connected back to a wifi network, it uploaded back to my Skydrive folder.

  4. neil

    Like your screenshot, I have numerous ‘office 2010’ msconfig items, it would be nice if you mentioned which one to delete.

  5. ameer


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