system tray icons


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Guest

I would like to see all the system tray icons, but even when I uncheck "hide
inactive icons", or check it and customize with "always show", some icons
don't show. I know the programs are running, and need the icons to access
them.

Occasionally when WinXP has a problem, like an explorer window crashing, the
screen will flash and all system tray icons will appear. But that's the only
time.

Thanks for any advice,
John S.
 
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Hoppy

jes91504 wrote on Sat, 2 Dec 2006 01:31:00 -0800:

I would like to see all the system tray icons, but even when I uncheck "hide
inactive icons", or check it and customize with "always show", some icons
don't show. I know the programs are running, and need the icons to access
them.

Occasionally when WinXP has a problem, like an explorer window crashing, the
screen will flash and all system tray icons will appear. But that's the
only time.

Thanks for any advice,
John S.
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Hello John -

Here are a few posts/links that helped me solve that problem ... altho' it's
been so long ago that I don't remember which one(s) worked:
--------------------
"Kelly" <[email protected] wrote:

In XP it is called the Notification Area. Which are the icons not
showing on first boot? In the meantime:

Troubleshooting the Notification Area
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_n.htm#na

Troubleshooting the Volume Control Icon
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_v.htm#volume

Taskbar Repair Tool
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm
--
All the Best,
Kelly (MS-MVP/DTS&XP)
---------------------------
The first thing I'd recommend is a test drive of Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm

If that does no good, then I'd consider running your desktop as a separate
process.
With some resource intensive AV applications - and this is
ENTIRELY speculation and observation from the problems - there seems to be
conflicts during boot time and the result is missing icons in the
notification area and more than a couple of people have been able to resolve
it with simply running the two processes separately.

Explorer as a Separate Process:
http://kgiii.info/windows/XP/tips/sep_explorer.html

Of course, before you do that, why not go to the properties and tick the box
to hide the unused items in the taskbar, click apply, reboot, and then tick
it back the way it was. (So if you had them hidden they'd then be unhidden
and if they weren't hidden before they won't be when you finish the
process.) Sometimes that's been known to kick the bugger in the whosits and
make it work. <g
 
W

Wesley Vogel

You certainly can do this or not, up to you. I am just making a suggestion.

You aren't showing quoted text and it makes it difficult for readers to
distinguish between your message and the original.

OE | Tools | Options | Send tab | Under News Sending Format, Plain Text
Settings button | Indent the original text...

Indent the original text...
[[Specifies whether to indent the original text of a reply or forwarded
message with a special character. You can select the character you want to
use.]]

I know, picky, picky. ;-)

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In
 
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Hoppy

Hi John -

Did you try the hack to run explorer as a separate process?

Which startup process balked about creating its icon?

Hoppy
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jes91504 wrote on Tue, 5 Dec 2006 08:19:01 -0800:
Thanks to Hoppy for forwarding these posts, and to Kelly and Galen for
writing them.
I've tried several of the suggestions, and the one which worked was
Kelly's to kill and restart the explorer.exe process. Apparently this
is what was happening when I described the screen flashing and
all icons appearing in my original post.
I had one startup process that complained that it couldn't create its
icon until I hit retry, but eliminating that process didn't help the
problem.
However, this isn't something I want to do each time I turn the machine
on, so I'll try some of the other suggestions.
Thanks again,
John S.
 
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Hoppy

Well, that's interesting.

Do you use TweakUI? I don't use an XP logon password either and have
TweakUI automatically sign on to avoid the whole logon scenario. You can
also use TweakUI to get rid of the "Logoff" option on your Start menu.
There's tons of other tweaks available that you might find useful. There is
also a 'Rebuild Icon Cache' option that -- who knows -- may help. It's
available thru MS.

Maybe you should try disabling the ATNotes program for a while or
re-installing it. I remember having some kind of problem with that so I
uninstalled it.

The more I think about it, I relate my icon problem with my firewall,
Outpost Pro. Its icon was one that would not appear when I was experiencing
your problem. It seems to me that my problem disappeared after updating
Outpost. Go figure.

(BTW - are you hitting <Enter> at the end of every line of your posts? If
so, it's causing unusual breaks in your text instead of wrapping normally.
If not, I guess it's just my news reader.)
--
Hoppy

jes91504 wrote on Fri, 8 Dec 2006 10:23:05 -0800:
Yes, I did try that (after my previous reply), and it didn't change
anything. The process that has trouble creating its icon until I
hit retry is a reminder program called ATnotes. Disabling its
auto startup doesn't seem to have an effect.
Also I found that if I log out and back in, I can see all the icons.
This is a single-user machine, so I never log in/out, and don't
even have a password assigned, but just shut down at night.
Perhaps having it start up into login mode will work,
though I don't know how to configure that off the top of my head.
Thanks again,
John S.
Hi John -
Did you try the hack to run explorer as a separate process?
Which startup process balked about creating its icon?
Hoppy
~~
jes91504 wrote on Tue, 5 Dec 2006 08:19:01 -0800:
machine on, so I'll try some of the other suggestions.
 

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