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    Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    Hi,
    My sister-in-law uses Outlook Express at work and, apparently, is unable to use the feature that plays a sound when there is new mail. Is there a way to be notified on screen (silently?) Currently, she just has to keep checking - or forgetting to! Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    I know that Windows likes to play musical sounds (.WAV files) whenever it thinks something interesting has happened, but I wonder if there is a way to get the old-fashioned "beep" speaker to play the notification instead, assuming she's not allowed to have speakers that could be used for entertainment purposes. I'm reluctant to mess around too much with my production copy of Windows XP Pro, but maybe someone with a system they can "hack" more easily will find a way to do it. (If you can get OE to run a program, the attached batch file might do it. You might need to right-click, Save target in order to download it successfully. If you rename it by deleting .txt and changing the _ to a . then you should be able to run it, all it does is beep loudly.)

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    I just noticed--I'd seen it before--that I have visual mail notification (makes no noise--I had some ideas about being able to turn off sounds with some of the noise makers) when I peaked into a little area conveniently Redmond rechristened the notification area (what a great place for new mail notification to hang out) and this must be a feature of OE Quote Fix that I first heard of at Tomsterdam OE Quote Fix Thread and Notes.
    Tomsterdam--OE Tweakers.

    This seems to be getting done what CShirley wants, and I don't attribute it to OE Tool or OE Tweaker 5.0
    or OE SP1 Cumulative Update.

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    C Shirley--

    I'm being notified--see screenshot--it's not making any noise--but then I had a thought. Maybe your sister-in-law wants more info in her notification--maybe she wants a minichart contexting the message a bit--who it's from, ect. and that I don't have. I think and am a little but just a little embarassed to say I don't know this feature comes from OE Quote Fix linked above. I don't think it's native to OE6 or part of the OE6SP1 update. I'll try to find out. I can't right click it there or in Task Bar properties, so I'll have to go back and read the notes and the KB for OE SP1. Does this do enough for what she wants? See screenshot reply to Jefferson in above post.

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    I'm looking for where that silent notification comes from, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's an intrinsic part of OE that comes from Tools>Options>General Tab>Send/Receive Messages>Play sound when messages arrive. I have all my sounds turned off at the Control panel Sounds dialogue box--I don't need to hear them they don't add anything for me, and once in a while I have had annoying clicks and with the mouse click that make a noise and they never come around when the sound is turned off. So I'm wondering if the visual notification I screenshot is a part of that. I think it has a chance to be. You might try checking that and seeing what happens, and if it notifies you, then it's easy for us to get the sound turned off.

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    I ran Quote Fix at the same time I got new email, reread the KB, and reread all the available notes for Quote Fix and every Help Item in OE. There is no mention of anything in the KB enhancements, or Quote Fix features. I know since they show up simultaneously and apart, that it isn't a feature of Quote Fix so that leaves OE. The checkmark for sound notification must trigger it. Someone could confirm this. If it is part of the sound notification check, the items in help on new mail notification don't mention it but I still believe it is.

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    Cherie--

    I am sure now that the icon displayed in the notification that says you have mail is OE--although there is not any ref in OE help on it. It comes and goes when I open OE if I open it to choose between mail and an NG instead of going directly to an NG or several NG's as you can shortcut OE to do. I also saw a post where MS OE MVP Frank Saunders confirmed it was part of OE, although Frank didn't say how to turn it on or off. If I knew how to turn it on or off, then we would have found the silent visual at least OE email confirmation your sister-in-law was looking for. When I find out, I'll let you know and if anyone knows how to turn this iconette on or off in the notification area for OE, I'd appreciate hearing here:
    <font color=448800>_____________________________________ _________________________</font color=448800>

    "I assume the above system tray icon comes from Outlook Expresswhenever I have new email. I already have too many icons in mysystem tray and don't really need to see this. How can I get rid of this system tray notification icon?" Thanks.

    "I don't think it's possible to avoid that icon if OE is running and
    downloads new mail.
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    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP
    <font color=448800>_____________________________________ _________________________</font color=448800>

    If I knew how to activate or turn it on for her, there are a number of ways to get an icon out of the system tray, and then you could always reactivate it when you wanted it.

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Thanks, SMBP for your thorough assistance. I will update my sister-in-law; currently she just leaves Outlook Express opened and minimized and is able to get notification. (Now that I have made it through the Blaster worm and a 20 hour power outage, I'm back in business again! <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> Of course, there is a severe thunderstorm warning for the entire area . . . ) <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30> Thanks, again!

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    Re: Visual Mail Notification (XP Pro)

    Frank Saunders says that default silent visual mail notification has been present in OE since OE4 Platform Preview 2, and it's always on. So if someone didn't want to see that icon in the system tray, I wouldn't think they'd have to use any of the 3 regedits that can remove them selectively, but if they were running XP and possibly NT 2000--not sure there--could just rt. click start>properties>custom and control their appearance that way.

    But if someone isn't seeing it (when OE is open) then I don't know how to make the icon appear since Frank says it's always on in his experience back to OE4, but there surely is a way--registry or otherwise. I'll have to poke around on that question.

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