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    Icons do not appear in notification area (XP + sp2)

    I have windows xp sp2.
    Icons that should appear in the notification area do not always appear.
    Even if hide unused is disabled.
    This happens even if the app is running.
    e.g. The Volume Icon does not appear.
    Neither does the Microsoft AntiSpyware ( even though it is running)
    Also if I change the setting to hide, they still do not appear
    and neither does the (<<) icon for expanding the notification area.

    Yet, some come and go just fine ?

    This is a recent brand new system build.


    Any suggestions or registry hacks to solve this would be good
    because it is REALLY ANNOYING!
    Andrew

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP + sp2)

    It's a bug in Windows XP, I don't think there is a one-stop solution.

    You can right-click the << button and select Customize Notifications... (also available by right-clicking an empty part of the Taskbar, selecting Properties, then clicking Customize...). You can indicate when icons are displayed, and restore the default settings.

    Many applications have a setting for displayin an item in the notification area. Toggling this setting off, then on again usually restores the icon.

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Yep, it's an old problem that I think has been here through both service packs. You might search this forum for other discussions, but <!post=here's one,451268>here's one<!/post> that I started earlier this year. The thread wanders around a bit, but the idea was that changing the max cached icons "might" fix it. Well, I'm sorry to say that I went for about a month without any trouble and several days ago mine started going beserk again! Ordinarily, I would consider it a cosmetic and go on about my business (live with it) but when my firewall and AV icons don't show up, I get kinda nervous. The only comfort I have is that I can look in Task Manager and see their processes running.

    By the way, if you start following the links in the above thread, you'll wander through a couple of other threads here in The Lounge. In one of 'em Joe referred to some tips in Kelly's Korner, a popular spot for fixups. She has a freebie taskbar/notification repair tool here: Taskbar Repair Tool Plus! that didn't help me at all - didn't hurt anything but certainly didn't fix the problem!

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP + sp2)

    Have you checked the individual application settings? For MS AntiSpyware check Options | Settings | General and 'Hide the Microsoft ...'. For the volume control check Control Panel (classic view) | Sounds and Audio Devices and 'Place volume control...'.

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    This is a reply to all responses.

    Yep, been there done that ( tried the lot ).
    Individuall applications, customising settings, checking in the registry.
    Makes no difference as you said.
    Just a Microsoft moment (they probably have no idea how to fix it either
    or they are so entrenched in getting Longhorn up and running by 20??).
    Then of course there is always Windows 2000.

    I can live with it ( My firewall and av appear so no paranoia, well not much)
    If I get a fix, I'll post it!
    Andrew

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Is this XP Home? Are you trying to make these changes from a limited account?

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Nope.

    XP Professional with SP2

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    As BigAl said, this has been a problem for a long time. I observe it occasionally. Ususally, I kill the application and restart it and all is well. IIRC sometimes, a re-boot is required. I guess I've never really wanted to dig into it too much after what I've read here and seen on the machines that I access.

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Well, what can I say.

    I tried the repair tool that Big Al suggested and it made no difference
    at least that was two days ago.
    Suddenly today for no apparent reason it all started working again today
    and the ^&*98! icons all came back ok.

    I'm keeping quiet unless they hear me and all go off again.
    Andrew

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Just be grateful <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22> and keep your head down <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>. It is just another mystery feature <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> in Windows. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Maybe it's the " gods " Andrew! Here I was telling you that mine had gone awry again too and YESTERDAY they all " magically " came back to the tray as if nothing had happened. Maybe it's an alignment of the planets, huh?
    <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39> <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31>

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    Have you got my Volume / Speaker icon, I swear it was here yesterday and now I can't find it anywhere?

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    Re: Icons do not appear in notification area (XP +

    I spoke too soon.
    Some have gone again.
    In particular my speaker icon.
    Maybe ther's a convention somewhere and they've all gone together.
    Andrew

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