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    Desktop Icon in System Tray

    I think I've headed this correctly - if the system tray means the little icons to the right of the Start button!! This is a teeny little issue, but puzzling so hoped you could help.

    For some reason, the icon for the Desktop was gone from its tray location this morning. To get it back, I created a shortcut to it on the desktop and then moved it with the mouse to the tray. What happened, however, is that when I click on the desktop icon in the tray, instead of showing the desktop screen, it shows the desktop folder.

    Can anyone tell me how to get it to show the actual desktop, as it used to?

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    Close! But the area just to the right of the Start Button is the Quick Launch area. The System Tray (now called System Information Area, I believe) is at the far right of the bar.

    Although I haven't tried it, how about Dave Knox's Restore Missing Show Desktop Icon to Quick Launch? His stuff is usually good, in my experience.
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    There's also one at Troubleshooting Windows XP, Tweaks and Fixes for Windows XP at Line Number 61 on the right that will restore it.

    Don't forget that you can always use the WindowsKey-D combination to minimize all running applications, and hit it again to re-open (restore) all those same applications. This is what I use all the time instead of the Show Desktop icon.

    For John: That area that we old timers still refer to as the System Tray (lower right corner) is now popularly called the Notification Area, and for the life of me, I can't get used to that nomenclature!

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    Wow (again)! Great answers - and I checked them all. I used John's first and it was super easy: his link took me to a page with the zip exe file which I installed and all is well: the little beggar is back in the "Quick Launch" location! ! I checked Big Al's link and it wouldn't open in Firefox (FYI), but did in IE and it, too, was easy to understand. Alan's MS link also provided a detailed "how to" that a non-techie such as I could follow. I've bookmarked all - just in case.

    Appreciated the tip re. Windows key and D - I have never got into the habit of using that Windows key but it is wonderful. I know I had heard about the key combination before, but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder because it is easy to use and always available.

    Again, many thanks for your quick and helpful replies (our Internet was down over the weekend or you would have heard from me earlier!).

    Linda

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    If you're interested in Win shortcut keys, there have been numerous threads on them in Software Wants and Finds. Personally, I've settled on (IMO) a perfect duo of free utilities:

    WinKey 2.8 - Create keyboard shortcuts using your Windows key...
    Dirkey - folder bookmarking utility - shortcut keys for Windows Explorer and inside file dialogs.

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    Thanks, Alan. Yes, I'm always interested in making my computer (and me) more efficient! WinKey didn't indicate XP as a platform. Do you know if it is?

    Linda

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    Yep <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I have v2.8 purring away on XP-SP2 as we speak! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Desktop Icon in System Tray

    Great. Thanks, Alan. I have XP-SP2 as well so will go ahead and download it.

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