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System Tray icons on vertical taskbar.

Q: System Tray icons on vertical taskbar.

This is one of those things that could be worded in so many ways, there may be a solution out there but I have no idea what phrasing may have been used in such a case. Basically, I recently switched to using a vertical taskbar on the left side, more workable area on widescreen monitors. I love it so far, except for the change in system tray behavior. They're doubled up, which is fine, but if I have an odd number of icons it disturbs my general arrangement. This is hugely annoying for me as I frequently use the system tray to open multiple applications I always have open in the background, such as IRC or AIM. Easiest to explain using animage.

Is it possible to have the tray like it is in the second one? Or if there is a way to have a single line of icons, that is also an acceptable solution.

Preferred Solution: System Tray icons on vertical taskbar.

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A: System Tray icons on vertical taskbar.

your image is not working

*edit* now i can see it

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This is actually for a friend and I tried everything I could think of but nothing works. She recently installed WindowBlinds and as she was installing Avast it apparently happened (if this helps)

What happened is the icons in the System Tray, and the Quick Launch icons because the Start menu, and even the icons inside the Start menu have enlarged. They are probably 1.5x the size of the original and are also blurry. The time in the bottom right now includes the date also.

I thought her taskbar was moved up a notch, but it's as low as it can go. So thats not the problem. If you right-click the taskbar when it is unlocked and go to View, you can change the icons from large to small. It's on small. So something else happened.


Any clue what could've happened?


A:Taskbar/System Tray icons all LARGE... how do I fix this?

Could be a crap theme. Try changing themes or uninstalling WB completely.

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Hi...just recently when i started my computer up..and after windows loaded...there was just my background...all my icons & task bar & system tray were gone. The only way i could turn my computer off was manually....than i waited a bit..and when i started it again..windows did a disk check..than when it loaded again..all my icons & other stuff were back. But when i restart it or turn it off & than turn it on next day...its same thing again..just a background...so it looks like the only way my icons come back is when windows does a disk check.
Whats causing my computer to do this? I've had problems with trojan horse virus's recently...dont know if its related. I hope somebody out there can help me solve this problem.

Thanxs in advance

A:Solved: No icons or taskbar & system tray...need help!!

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I'm currently personalizing the themes. Then I saw this happen.

Anyone know how to change it to default?

A:My system tray and taskbar icons changed itself!

Quickest way would probably be to just use system restore.
If you can't access the start menu, you can ctl alt del and use the run feature in the task manager. (file -> run)
Start System Restore from a command prompt

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Dear Members,
I am facing a typical problem with Laptop Lenovo G50-80 with following configuration :
Core i3 - 4GB RAM - 1TB Harddisk - AMD Radeon Graphics Card - 15.6" Screen - Windows 10 Home SL.
The problem i face is when i start Laptop Windows 10 starts... Desktop icons are displayed but Taskbar icons and icons on system tray are not displayed. Time and date are also not displayed. If i do not do anything the system state remains as it is. But if i double click on Taskbar the icons are displayed and then i can use the Laptop.
I tired following things :
I used one touch recovery to restore to factory default settings ( Twice )
Chkdsk with /r /f
But the problem remains same.
Can anybody please suggest solution ?
Manish Shah

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ok a simple issue I hope
In my taskbar sytem tray icons will be enclosed in this bubble thing with the arrow on it it collects icons to save space. (sorry no idea what its called)
options in notification area are set to show all icons,but it persists to put icons in that bubble..it is not the balloon notification I'm talking about.
I would like simply that it does not hide icons in this bubble.
thanks in advance Vagablonde

photo attached taken from google

A:Taskbar system tray hides icons even option is unchecked

Well that`s what ticking the box is supposed to do.

You`ve done that and yet all your icons still do not appear ?

Another way would be to check to show each and every icon and notification.

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As you can see the attached picture, in vertical taskbar you can't see icons in 2 columns, even if you pull the taskbar to middle of screen

more explain: if your icons in horizontal taskbar were full and you make the taskbar bigger you can see that icons goes in 2 rows, but vertical taskbar didn't work like that. (stupid windows )

sorry if i not explaied very well, my english is not very good.

have you any idea?

A:vertical taskbar icons in 2 columns, possible?

Welcome to Seven Forums . Sorry, it is somewhat unclear to me by your pictures what you have/want. If you mean icons of items pinned to the taskbar, then I believe they do grow to fill the space. It is possible to change their width to a certain extent

Taskbar - Change Icon Button Width Size

What settings do you currently have for taskbar buttons in Taskbar and Start Menu properties?

A Guy

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Soooooooooooooo, I have designated these as different even though they both go at the bottom of the screen.
The ones on the left seem to be known as icons in the "Taskbar" but the ones on the right when installed usually say they they can be put in the "Tray". What makes them different (at least on my both my Vista and 7 OS's) is that the ones on the left, in the Taskbar, are large and the ones on the right, in the Tray, are small.
Is there anyway to make them all the same uniform pixel size?

(I dun't care about Vista anymore, Lucy)

thanks for the help.

A:Taskbar / Task Tray icons

If using small icons is ok with you, you can set that in taskbar properties.
Then they should all be the same size - small icons.
Right click on the Taskbar and click Properties.

Taskbar - Use Small or Large Icons

If you want large icons in the Notification Area I don't think you can do that.
Here is an old SF Thread about this:
Notification area icons and date/time font sizes

If you're adventurous you can play with customizations and see if you can find something you prefer:
Notification Area Icons - Customize

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Good evening!

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for me to post this, but I had a couple quibbles with dual monitor support on both Win10 and Win10 Insider preview. There was the nice addition in Windows Insider Preview of having a clock on both your monitors (whereas that wasn't the case in Win10) but not having the option to have the tray icons on both monitors is KILLING me. I am a gamer, and generally use my second monitor for generic stuff, i.e., Steam friends/chat, web browsing, and launching games or other things from the tray, using my second monitor, while I am in a game. Now, my problem arises because I have to set my second monitor as the main monitor. That makes games launch on that monitor by default, and I use DualMonitorTools to do things like lock my cursor to one screen, switch windows quickly from one screen to another, etc. Those functions may be rolled into Win10 by default, but when I was using 7/8/8.1, I needed to use third party software to be able to launch what I needed on my main monitor while still having access to my tray icons and taskbar. The games I play, I launch on the smaller, second monitor (which is my "primary monitor" in Windows settings) and then use DMT to flip them to my REAL primary monitor. This doesn't work with all games, not to mention it is pretty clunky - when it should be easy.

I am not sure if I explained my issues well enough but in summary, how about an option to have dual splash areas for tray icons?

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I was trying to change the system tray icons by changing the .dll and somehow the battery, sound, network icons are not showing. I've tried to replace the .dll files but it didn't work.

help would be really appreciated. thanks!

A:I've changed system tray icons .dll files, some icons disappeared

Hello Delkoo and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might try rebuilding your icon cache.

Icon Cache - Rebuild

Then take a look at customizing the notification area (old system tray.)

Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

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Im a first time poster and I hope I have selected the correct category in this forum.

I have Windows 7 Home Premium, pre-installed on a new laptop ive purchased in the last month. I had it set to automatically download and apply all updates.

Within the last couple of weeks, at some point suddenly my desktop icons stopped appearing and I noticed there are no system tray icons, ie volume, network, Power.

Ive searched these forums and found instructions on how to access the "Turn System Icons On Or Off" and the only option I can change is for 'Clock'. The remaining options Volume, Network, Power, Action Center are all greyed out.

I cant understand why I dont have 'permission' to do this and I wonder if it is connected to me not seeing anything on my desktop in so far as icons.

Also, I noticed I cannot 'right-click' my desktop space, which normally would have allowed me to access display options.

In searching these forums I found some references to Administrator permissions, but my User management area says I am an administrator.

Does anyone have any feedback for something I can check/fix?


A:Permissions issue? No desktop icons or system tray icons.

Have you scanned for viruses and/or malware? What Anti-virus program are you running?

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Hello everyone,

my system tray displays blank spaces and I do not know why or how to rid, I gooogled this for an hour now...

anyone can help me? thanks

A:System Tray Icons - Blank Icons

Hello John, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if restarting the computer may be able to clear this up. If not, then you might see if resetting the notification area icons may help.

Hope this helps,

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Hey Guys,

I'm not too sure if this may be possible. I've done a bit of "googling" but the key words always bring up "how to move the taskbar" but that is not what I want....

Basically my monitor has developed a small leak down on the bottom right, nothing major, it can wait until I've saved up to get a nice new one. For now though I can't see my tray notification and more importantly the clock. Is there anyway to move the sytem tray (including the clock) further towards thw middle so that I can see it?

XP has been around for years so I would have thought someone would have come up with a way!


A:Move the system tray NOT the taskbar

It's built into the program to always be on the right of the taskbar when horizontal (top or bottom) and the bottom of the taskbar when vertical (left or right side).

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Can't get rid of "System Alert!" icon in tray... It flashes between a white question mark inside a blue circle and what looks like a 'no smoking' sign...but with no cigarette in the middle...basically a red circle with a red line through the middle of it...What I've tried so far..Spybot scanAd aware scanAVG scanBooting in safe mode and running ATF-Cleaner and straight after that I ran SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition.. It seemed to find it, told me it fixed it...but it still comes up when I get to windows..Here is my log ... Please help..Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 6:24:45 PM, on 11/03/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\arservice.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgemc.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\... Read more

A:System Alert! In Taskbar Tray

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Hi,I hope someone here can help with this.
For some reason,the taskbar on my desktop has gone from being on the bottom,to going along the left side.I tried to drag it back,but the best I could do was to get along it on the top.Any ideas as to how I can get it back to the bottom?I tried dragging it all over the place,but it just won't go to the bottom.
It's running win 2000.Thanks.

A:Solved: Taskbar/system tray

Not sure if it's the same in Win2K, but won't hurt to try.

Right click on the taskbar and make sure "Lock The Taskbar" is unchecked, then just left click and hold on a blank area in the taskbar and drag it to the bottom, Lock it again when your done.

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What I'd like is for a program that normally appears in the system tray to show in the taskbar at all times it is running so i can easily see it and use the exit functions etc.
Specifically for Steam - (X) minimizes to system tray and hides activity in the task bar. I don't mind if this results in 2 icons showing (1 for an active window and 1 for the process) I know you can do the same from system tray for this particular program, but I just don't have the habit to look there for anything other than system background applications.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional x64 and am comfortable tinkering with registry and system files if needed.

So the questions are:
1/ Can a system tray icon be permanently moved to the taskbar applications area?
2/ If not, can a background process be assigned a taskbar icon when active?
Thanks in advance,

A:Can I move a System Tray program to the Taskbar?

You could try this application called taskbar shuffle here is the link

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Hey guys,

Lately my bottom right display on the task bar is disappearing. This includes the clock, and all system tray icons.

All I have to do is open the task bar properties and click OK and then it comes back. This does not happen after a reboot, it just happens suddenly for no reason, and a couple times a week.

Any explanation for this?

A:Strange behavior of taskbar/system tray

Hello Rich, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if resetting the notification area icons may be able to help in case there may be some corruption in there.

Notification Area Icons - Reset

Hope this helps,

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i am running windows xp and i am having a problem. the whole task bar at the bottom of the screen has dissappeared, start menu and system tray and all. ever since then i cant use internet explorer. it will open and close immediately. i have run a thorough check on spybot and run my norton as well. does anyone know how to get this back?

A:Start Menu, Taskbar And System Tray

Try this first:My Taskbar is missing and I have no Start button - what do I do?My Taskbar disappeared and other simple tweaks

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Bear with my details, as I fear this is not a common problem- I can't find it on Google. I have been recently (not sure what caused it) having troubles with the taskbar and system tray in windows XP Pro. Some time after a fresh reboot (seems not to occur directly after a reboot), my windows on the taskbar don't respond correctly to my mouse clicks. That is to say that for instance right now, if I click on a different internet explorer window (on the taskbar), that window doesn't come up in front of this window as in normally would. Instead the taskbar section of that window changes from its regular blue colour to the dark orange colour as it would if something in that window had changed in the background (for example when you get a message on a MSN messenger window that is running in the background).
Alt-tabbing brings up the window no problems and if I click the desired 'task' 3 times it comes up -(once to turn colour, twice to minimize it, and the third time it pops up in the foreground). This is quite ANNOYING.

The second issue is with the system tray. Often times, (with any application it seeems) when I right-click the sys. tray icon the resulting menu stays there even after I click off of it- in the background or in other applications. The only way to get rid of it is to select one of the menu options. This is also very annoying.

I doubt it is any virus or spyware, as I stay updated with those software.
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A:Problems with XP Professional taskbar and system tray

I have found the problem. It was my D-Link wireless card configuration utility. The other programs worked fine until my mouse hit the D-Link one. I have solved the problem by removing the program from the startup and am now using the Windows wireless network configuration. I tried to update the drivers from the D-Link website but I think the problem is with the utility program. All is good now.

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I have started getting a busy sign (Hourglass) on my taskbar & system tray. Issues being faced:

1) The System Tray Icons are not loading up.
2) 'My Computer' is not accessible. When we click My Computer, the window opens up but nothing is shown, it keeps searching.
Also, the right click on 'My Computer' is not working.
3) 'Start' button is not working.
4) On opening programs like Word, Excel, Firefox etc. They do not appear on the taskbar.
5) When I right click on any folder in My Documents, 'Send to' option are not available.
6) The drop down menu in My Documents is also not working.
7) Windows is not shutting down completely. It gets stuck on 'Saving your settings...'

When I booted the desktop in Safe Mode with Networking non of the above issues were faced. Pls assist.

A:Busy Sign on Taskbar & System Tray

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Not the end of the world but.... recently several of the icons in the system tray (WinXP) have stopped appearing. The applications are all running normally in the background, their icons have just not loaded. The little arrow on the left of the system tray used to unhide less-used apps has also vanished. I use some of these icons frequently. Any ideas?? Thanks

A:system tray icons

never underestimate the power of the 'SEARCH' at the top young Skywalker
this fix is just 2 days old.I think it might help;

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Hey guys, hope i can get a little help here....

I did a .net framework repair because I was getting some "insufficient memory" error. After I did the repair windows booted up and now I have no system tray icons. I can not access the internet on that computer either so I can't download any of the programs to do a fix.

Can someone tell me how to fix this without using the internet? (I am on my laptop right now).

Thanks so much!!

BTW: I have tried logging out and logging back in, restarting explorer.exe, and I tried to find the systray after running regedit but couldn't find it. Any other ideas would be great!

A:No system tray icons after .net fix

Hah, solved it after looking for hours and then posted this after i almost gave up. This was my solution incase any has the same problems:

Start/Run, type msconfig, hit Enter. Make sure you recheck "Normal Startup". If it is already checked, uncheck it, then recheck it. Hit Apply, OK, then Restart.

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lately, the system tray icons on volume, power/battery (i have a laptop), and sometimes other icons do not appear when windows starts up. what i do is i just end process the explorer.exe on task manager and then run it again. is there a way for me not to do this anymore? like is there a way to automatically load the system tray icons mentioned upon startup? its a hassle for me to always end and run the explorer.exe. please help thanks

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I used e-machine restore cd and downloaded service pack 2. I right click on systems tray and go to task bar to change settings for system tray icons, but cannot toggle the buttons, always hide, hide when inactive. Drop down menus appear but unable to change settings. Any ideas why?

A:system tray icons

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Hi there everyone.

I seem to be having a problem with a 2 troublesome programs.

Advanced System Care Free 3.3.4 and Orbit Downloader 2.8.13 which are both the latest versions respectively.

I noticed this issue ever since I moved to Vista. Back in XP the two would simply run on startup with no flukes. This time, however, there are a few lapses. Let me explain.

1. Advanced System Care Free starts up most of the time but there are times that it just dosen't and the the tray icon is completely missing even when I start the application manually.

2. Orbit Downloader, no matter how many times I select the option for it to startup it simply refuses to do so.

Any suggestions?

A:System Tray Icons

Hello Oreo,

Double check to see if the notification icon may be set as hidden somehow.

You might see if placing a shortcut for the program in the Start Menu Start Up folder may allow it to run at startup for you instead.

Hope this helps,

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Whenever i right-click the system tray and go to properties, customize and then go to hide so the icon of a program is hidden always it keeps appearing after the next reboot. the icon goes away initially but after reboot it comes back shown instead of hidden. Even when i go to properties, customize and click to hide it. The description still says hide when inactive after i click to another icon but when i click to hide it it stays on hide in the description but as soon as i click another icon the description goes back to hide when inactive but yet works and is hidden untill i reboot and then when i go to customize, it says hide when inactive?

this is only a problem with zemana antilogger system tray icon it doesn't do this with any other program icons

A:system tray icons

Hello hello2007.
Is there an option in the software itself to disable the icon ?. Check under tools/options/preferences to see if it can be disabled.
As this is an anti-logger piece of software, it may be designed into the software to keep an icon in the system tray.
A lot of security software does this, to ensure that you know it is running.
Not much help i know, but at least you know its running.
Good luck and keep us posted.

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Hi everybody,

In normal conditions (regular start-up) I suppose to see 5 sys. tray icons on taskbar. But sometimes I can see all of them together (at fresh boot, clean desktop, nothing running) sometimes not. What could be the reason?

A:System Tray Icons

the ones you are not seeing,reinstall the programs

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I am looking to remove these two icons in my system tray.

1) Safely remove hardware

2) Microsoft security essentials

I have googled this issue and the only suggestions I could find is a guide from windows that explains how to hide these icons, however what I want to do is to remove them completely.

A:System tray icons

Not a good move because both are essential for proper operation of the system.

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What are these blue crosses (ringed in red on the image) in my system tray? Several will appear, but when I try and hover over them to see what they are they just disappear!

Thanks for any help you can provide

A:What are these icons in the system tray?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Clean boot,

Click Start and type in the search box,
Click on the suggestion on top or hit the Enter key,
Go to the Startup section and take some screen shots for a complete list,
Go to the Services section and on the bottom left Check the box to Hide All Microsoft services,
Repeat the screen shots,
See the links above my signature on how to take and upload screen shots here,

On another note your p.c. is in need of updates or something because of the Yellow triangle,

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Hi all

Following the latest windows update (possibly a coincidence) I now have two instances of my cd drive showing in the notification area.

These relate to the Vaio power management.

I did think that it might be a cache problem so I ran the icon cache clearer found here

Notification Area Icons - Reset

But after a reboot they are both back. In the task manager there are two instances of SPMgr.exe

Any suggestions.


A:two cd icons in system tray


A couple of reboots later and after no action on my behalf the problem resolved itself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post though and apologies to anyone else looking for a solution.

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I have a fully updated Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 and sometimes some icons don't appear in the system tray when I boot up my PC. Then I have to reboot it in order to get them to show up. They are all set to "Show icon and notifications" in the notification are.

So why is that happening and how can I solve it so that they would appear every time I boot up my PC?

Thank you!

A:System tray icons sometimes don't appear

You can try a reset and see if that helps.

Notification Area Icons - Reset

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I have started getting a busy sign (Hourglass) on my taskbar & system tray. Issues being faced:

1) The System Tray Icons are not loading up.
2) 'My Computer' is not accessible. When we click My Computer, the window opens up but nothing is shown, it keeps searching.
Also, the right click on 'My Computer' is not working.
3) 'Start' button is not working.
4) On opening programs like Word, Excel, Firefox etc. They do not appear on the taskbar.
5) When I right click on any folder in My Documents, 'Send to' option are not available.
6) The drop down menu in My Documents is also not working.
7) Windows is not shutting down completely. It gets stuck on 'Saving your settings...'

When I booted the desktop in Safe Mode with Networking non of the above issues were faced. Pls assist.

A:[SOLVED] Busy Sign on Taskbar & System Tray

Issue resolved by disabling SSPD from services.

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This seems to have occurred in conjunction with my switching from add-in video card back to the on-board display adapter (something I've done numerous times before without a problem). Perhaps it's unrelated.

No other functional problems that I've seen.

I ran AVG anti-virus scan, as well as CounterSpy spyware scan. Both found zero problems.

OS: Win XP Pro SP3.
System: Acer Power F1; 1GB+ RAM; 12GB free HD space

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Here's the HJT log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:23:43 PM, on 11/23/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cfp.exe
C:\Program Files\EarthLink TotalAccess\TaskPanl.exe
C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\Clean Access Agent\CCAAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Palm\Hotsync.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\\GoogleCrashHandler.exe
C:\Program Files\Comodo\Firewall\cmdagent.exe
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A:start menu, taskbar, system tray disappeared

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Could the program icons in the bottom tool bar be the cause of a slow start-up ?

There is quite a few and most are large programs.

If they are the cause can I just delete them ?

A:icons in tool bar (system tray)


Originally Posted by teddyboy

Could the program icons in the bottom tool bar be the cause of a slow start-up ?



There is quite a few and most are large programs.
If they are the cause can I just delete them ?

Some use msconfig but I don't. Start>Run>type in msconfig>Ok/Startup tab
First right click on the icons in the system tray(or double left click to open)and try to access the "settings", "preferences" or "options" of each of the applications that you don't want to start when the computer boots up. There should be an option labeled "Start upon Windows Startup". Make sure that option is unchecked.
If there is no option, download and install
CodeStuff Starter to manage your startup programs
Launch the program and uncheck any program that you don't want to load/run at startup.
If you later change your mind, replace the checkmark.
It's very easy to search within the program too!
Right click on an entry>Search Internet>search engines & some sites below.

Identify and disable start-up programs from running.
CastleCops Startup List

Sysinfo Startup Applications List

Bleeping Computer Startup Programs Database

Application Database - Greatis Software

PSDrvcheck Startup Files Database

Task List Programs - AnswersThatWork's famous Database of Windows Task Manager Process... Read more

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I had to do system restore because my Firefox updated itself to a latest weirdest version ever with all bunch of plug-ins and bookmarks disappearing. After system restore, some icons on my system tray disappeared, including my Comodo firewall and my batterie's power management software. Now I know the processes are running. How do I get icons back to the tray? Thank you.

I just found this while browsing internet. Can someone tell me if this is legit? http://winhlp.com/node/16#comment-2246

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My Win 7 64 bit computer currently shows 2 identical icons in the lower right system tray for the weekly microsoft/windows updates that are available. Previously, whenever an update was availabe an icon would show. This week there are 2 identical icons. My updater is set to notify me when updates are available but not to download or install them. I have downloaded and installed all the critical updates this week. The icons currently still being displayed only relate to optional updates that I do not want to install currently.

Why are there 2 icons? And, how do I eliminate one without installing the optional updates?

A:Two Identical System Tray Icons

Hello poolmon

This is usually just caused by the system tray icons messing up which happens from time to time. This should solve your issue - Notification Area Icons - Reset

Regards Danny

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I set "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar", but the icons have spaces only.

How can I solve this problem?


Resolved this problem with this link.

Solved: System Tray Icons Disappear Occasionally - Tech Support Guy Forums

A:system tray icons problem

Try placing the arrow over the icon you want on the taskbar....Then right click.

In my context menu I see "Pin to taskbar" seventh item down, yours may differ....Click on that.

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So I want to hide an icon that is showing in my system tray. It's not really necessary to be there, and there is no option to not show it there. This is for a launch manager on a laptop. I've gone to customize and changed it to "hide icons and notifications" for this particular program, but it still shows.... is there a way to get rid of this?

A:Hiding Icons In system tray

Is it for a bluetooth, wifi or what special function on what computer model? Did you hit Apply(if available) after changing on customize notification? Try using Mike Lin's StartupCPL and download the Standalone EXE Version (34 kb) and look for launch manager after launching certain application. Uncheck launch manager, Apply.

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I have windows XP Pro and every time I start my computer my systray icons are missing as of about a couple of days ago. The “Hide inactive Icons \ Customize” Options are Grayed Out in the taskbar properties page. I can’t even minimize winamp without re-opening it even though it is running in the Task Manager. I think I may have been playing with services.msc and I also have sp1 installed. how do i restore it bk? thx..

A:system tray icons missing

Go back into service .msc and put all on automatic then reboot. Then compare the list against http://www.beemerworld.com/tips/servicesxp.htm

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Hi all,

Im trying to change the system tray icons in windows 7 home premium but it doesnt work. I tried it with a program called PS Tray Factory and it crashed my explorer.exe. Seems like its not compatible to windows 7 yet.

Anyone know of another way to change them?

A:Changing system tray icons.

You can take ownership (Take Ownership Shortcut ) of the appropriate dll files that generates the system Trey icons, and then back them up (for restoration of the originals , if needed) and replace them with the modified ones.

For example, SndVolSSO.dll for system trey sound icon, ActionCenter.dll for action center icon ,etc. they are situated in C:\Windows\System32

In deviantart.com, you may have a lot of nice system trey icons

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I wonder if anyone has come across this problem.

I recently installed a small UPnP program (TwonkyMedia) which I use to stream music to a player.

After the installation, most of the icons in the system tray just disappeared! These include icons like Google Calendar Sync and volume control icon, the icon used to eject the USB drive, for example. Most of the icons that disappeared are of programs in the Start Up folder.

Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? Although no icons, most of the programs seem to work fine. Google Calender Sync, for example, still works silently.



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Hi there, Im having a problem with the system tray icons on windows 7 home, problem is I change their behavior, I.E for the digsby icon to be show icon and notifications and it works but after a reboot of the pc the icon changes to show only notifications, it keeps resetting, so any idea on how to make it stay with the show icon and notifications setting??

A:Icons on system tray reset

Quote: Originally Posted by JOY6679

Hi there, Im having a problem with the system tray icons on windows 7 home, problem is I change their behavior, I.E for the digsby icon to be show icon and notifications and it works but after a reboot of the pc the icon changes to show only notifications, it keeps resetting, so any idea on how to make it stay with the show icon and notifications setting??

Welcome to Seven Forums JOY6679. Do you run any cleaning or registry programs? Some can and will reset the icons. If you set them the way you like and restart, are they changed right away, or only after the PC is shut off and then restarted?

A Guy

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I've noticed a lot lately that the icon for my backup software is not appearing. It will appear if I click on the software. I have it set to alway be shown and it isn't showing itself.
My computer is about 1 & 1/2 years old.
I should mention that I have a Win 7 HP laptop computer.

A:Not all system tray icons are appearing

Welcome to TSF,

Go to Start (Windows Orb) > Run, if run isn't enabled go to Search and type msconfig.exe
then click on the Startup tab, look for the back-up software and click on the Check box if there isn't one already then restart you laptop.

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after i get an error message in winxp, the desktop reboots itself (all items disappear for a while, including the taskbar) and when it has finished, items from the system tray vanish (all except the internet connection icon, norton antivirus and firewall). the programs are still running, but are not seen as such in the system tray. any thoughts?

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I'm having this strange issue with my windows. A couple of days back the volume and network icons disappeared from my system tray. i checked the customize menu but they are set on 'show icon and notification'..and still not showing in the tray. when i click on the 'turn system icons on or off' both of them are found disabled except for the clock option....i have attached the screen shot for clarity. any idea whats causing it and how to get these buttons enabled again ? .....thanks !

I'm using Win 7 Home premium 64 bit. AVG AV and IOBit Anti-spyware. I've scanned the system and nothing has turned out suspicious.

A:System tray icons disabled.

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In Win7, I have two icons for "Speakers" (21 % in my case) and "Network Internet Access". How can I get rid of the doubles?


Hans L

A:Double icons in system tray

Download and install CCleaner (free app).
Once installed, open Ccleaner and look at the left hand side, scroll to the botton and check 'Tray notification cache' and then click the big Run Cleaner button at the bottom right side.
Now, in task manager, end explorer.exe. Then, under task manager, click File and click New Task(Run). In the box, type explorer.exe and press Enter.

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