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    Notification Area (SP2)

    I am running Windows XP SP2 and suddenly my notification area is overcrowded, 12 items in all. Previously only a few were showing and to see the others I had to click a little button with two left-pointing arrows. In Task Bar properties I have Hide Inactive Icons checked. What have I done wrong?

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    You can click Customize... in the TaskBar properties window to turn off individual icons.
    For some of these icons, such as the Volume and LAN connection controls, there's a check box in the relevant Control Panel. For others, there's a check box in the Options or Preferences dialog of the corresponding application.

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    Have you enabled "Hide inactive icons" in the taskbar properties ?

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> Doesn't his post state that explicitly?

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    Yes, I have. I mentioned this in my original post.

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    Under Customise in the TaskBar properties I have them all marked as Hide when Inactive. But strangely, a couple of hours after posting my original post the little left-pointing arrow suddenly appeared again in the notification area and only three icons were showing. So, why it had disappeared and why it suddnly returned is a total mystery.

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    The behavior of the notification area in Windows XP (and apparently in Windows Vista too) is very mysterious. Sometimes you need to reboot to get things right again.

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    And sometimes, tho' not often enough, toggling the option off/on (or on/off) with an "apply" after each step, will restore the status quo.

    I prefer the taskbar on Autohide, but sometimes Windows "forgets" about it. The "off/on" trick can fix it, but often only partly. with tooltips hidden behind the taskbar, and then the only "cure" is a reboot.
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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    If they items were hidden, and all of a sudden appeared, does that mean that they were recently active? Now, why would a bunch of programs supposedly running in the background suddenly become active? I don't know. But perhaps something triggered them -- like a virus scanner?? Just guessing, but I think it has to be something as benign as that. (Ridicule not frowned upon).

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    Re: Notification Area (SP2)

    <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> I may have been unclear. What I referred to was the tooltips for notification area icons being partially hidden behind the taskbar, see below…
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