Notification Area icon display time - is it adjustable?


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ImageAnalyst

I've searched and searched, and asked tech support people, and can't
find an answer to this. When you have the "Notification Area" (or
"System Tray") set to auto-hide, when you click the < to make it
expand or fly out to the left and expose all the icons, it stays
expanded for a random time. It can be anywhere from a fraction of a
second up to 11 seconds or so, before it collapses back to the right,
showing just a few icons. Now I know I can have it show everything
all the time but that is not what I want. I like the auto-hide
feature but when you have a bazillion icons in there sometimes it
takes more than half a second to find one and click on it. It's
almost like there's a fixed timer that collapses it every 12 seconds
or so, and how much time it will show them to you depends on exactly
when in this time period you click. Sometimes you'll get a long
expansion time and sometime it will be short or medium.

Question: are there any secret tweaks to control the minimum amount of
time the expanded Notification Area icons are shown before it
collapses back to the right and auto-hides them again?

Thanks,
ImageAnalyst
 
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Leythos

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You need to format your hard drive and reinstall windows.

Well Chris and his sock are still impersonating me - The headers prove
that I (Leythos) did not post the above statement. Abuse reported to
Teranews.
 
I

ImageAnalyst

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Thanks Kelly. I was just visiting your site before I posted my first
post in this thread. I saw #7 referenced in another post but the
title didn't seem what I want, since it's really the expansion time I
want increased, not the balloon time. Are balloons the yellow pop up
tooltipstrings as we developers call them? Anyway, based on your
recommendation I gave it a try and unfortunately it does not increase
the expanded time. It's still just as random as ever - sometime long,
sometimes real short. Any other ideas to try? Is yours the same
way? If you time if with a stop watch, are your times all exactly the
same, or do they vary a lot?
Thanks,
ImageAnalyst
 
T

Twayne

....
Well Chris and his sock are still impersonating me - The headers prove
that I (Leythos) did not post the above statement. Abuse reported to
Teranews.

Ditto.
 
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Jose

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Thanks Kelly.  I was just visiting your site before I posted my first
post in this thread.  I saw #7 referenced in another post but the
title didn't seem what I want, since it's really the expansion time I
want increased, not the balloon time.  Are balloons the yellow pop up
tooltipstrings as we developers call them?  Anyway, based on your
recommendation I gave it a try and unfortunately it does not increase
the expanded time.  It's still just as random as ever - sometime long,
sometimes real short.  Any other ideas to try?  Is yours the same
way?  If you time if with a stop watch, are your times all exactly the
same, or do they vary a lot?
Thanks,
ImageAnalyst

Maybe this is what is happening...

When you click the < to see the hidden icons, if you leave the mouse
cursor down there on or about one icon (not the clock), the icons will
continue to display - forever.

As soon as you move the mouse out of that area (off an icon) say to
the desktop or anohter part of the taskbar or move the mouse to the
clock, the icons will hide - always in about one second.

That is it. They either stay visible as long as the mouse is down
there or hide quickly when the mouse is moved out of that area.

Maybe it just "appears" that the amount of time changes, but it might
really be you moving your mouse while keeping it in the area for
several seconds at different time and then moving it out of the area
at different times after you get done admiring the icons.

Try it!
 
I

ImageAnalyst

Maybe this is what is happening...

When you click the < to see the hidden icons, if you leave the mouse
cursor down there on or about one icon (not the clock), the icons will
continue to display - forever.

As soon as you move the mouse out of that area (off an icon) say to
the desktop or another part of the taskbar or move the mouse to the
clock, the icons will hide - always in about one second.

That is it.  They either stay visible as long as the mouse is down
there or hide quickly when the mouse is moved out of that area.

Maybe it just "appears" that the amount of time changes, but it might
really be you moving your mouse while keeping it in the area for
several seconds at different time and then moving it out of the area
at different times after you get done admiring the icons.

Try it!-
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Jose:
I think that's it! I must have inadvertently been moving the mouse
outside the area (easy to do since it's so small) and it would
collapse shortly afterwards.

Thanks for explaining it. This was much more helpful than the flame
war I unwittingly stumbled into.
Thanks,
ImageAnalyst
 
V

VanguardLH

ImageAnalyst said:
I've searched and searched, and asked tech support people, and can't
find an answer to this. When you have the "Notification Area" (or
"System Tray") set to auto-hide, when you click the < to make it
expand or fly out to the left and expose all the icons, it stays
expanded for a random time. It can be anywhere from a fraction of a
second up to 11 seconds or so, before it collapses back to the right,
showing just a few icons. Now I know I can have it show everything
all the time but that is not what I want. I like the auto-hide
feature but when you have a bazillion icons in there sometimes it
takes more than half a second to find one and click on it. It's
almost like there's a fixed timer that collapses it every 12 seconds
or so, and how much time it will show them to you depends on exactly
when in this time period you click. Sometimes you'll get a long
expansion time and sometime it will be short or medium.

Question: are there any secret tweaks to control the minimum amount of
time the expanded Notification Area icons are shown before it
collapses back to the right and auto-hides them again?

Thanks,
ImageAnalyst

After clicking the chevron to expand the system notification area (aka
system tray), do NOT move the mouse cursor out of the that spot. As
long as the mouse cursor remains within the system notification area, it
will remain expanded.
 
J

Jose

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Jose:
I think that's it!  I must have inadvertently been moving the mouse
outside the area (easy to do since it's so small) and it would
collapse shortly afterwards.

Thanks for explaining it.  This was much more helpful than the flame
war I unwittingly stumbled into.
Thanks,
ImageAnalyst

Good. I try to explain things - in one response if possible!
 
I

ImageAnalyst

After clicking the chevron to expand the system notification area (aka
system tray), do NOT move the mouse cursor out of the that spot.  As
long as the mouse cursor remains within the system notification area, it
will remain expanded.- Hide quoted text -
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Vanguard:
Thanks. That was it. I had either apparently been moving the mouse
(easy to do since it's kind of hard to keep it contained in that small
space) or I had clicked and shown a popup context menu. It collapses
also if you start navigating a context menu.
Thanks,
ImageAnalyst
 
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