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    Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(???) (Home - SP1)

    Crew...

    Why is it that when...you plug a Mouse or Keyboard into a USB port in the back of the tower...the OS recognizes it as an essential component & therefore does not display a Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System Tray? Yet...if you plug in a Printer...the icon will appear & stay there for all eternity. I don't get it...I've always felt that a Printer is in fact pretty damn essential, right? Same thing happens on my work PC, which is running XP Pro.

    Is there any way to have the OS recognize my Printer as a permanent component so as to lose the icon...or should I just leave it alone?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Would customising your Hide Inactive Icons in the Properties of your Taskbar do it?

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    A guaranteed method of avoiding an icon in the System Tray/Information area would be to use a parallel printer port (if both your PC and printer still have one).

    Is there anything unusual about these printers? As far as I am aware, although I have a USB printer, I only get an icon there when it is printing (or failing to print).

    John

    BTW what is this crew of which you frequently speak? Is this a reference to <A target="_blank" HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mötley_Crüe">M
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    It's just a greeting, John...a GREETING...ya' know?, like: "hello people" or "howdy"

    The icon is ALWAYS there...not just when I print.

    I don't seem to have the hide inactive thing goin'

    the printer only works via USB...no D-Sub or parallel anything
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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Yo Chaps <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    1) Right Mouse Click on the task bar,
    2) Select Properties,
    3) Select "Customize"

    To Hide Inactive Buttons,

    4) Select "Safely Remove Hardware",
    5) Choose "Always Hide" from the drop down...
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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Jerry...

    Thanks much.

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Since Mark seems to have gotten the help he needs, I'll digress...

    If you had any navy experience the word "crew" would not be unfamiliar to you. In my last army assignment, I was the NCOIC of one of four "crews" that operated the second largest American military communication center in Europe, near Orleans. (*) The four "crews" were then known as "tricks" and I was called the Trick Chief of Bravo Trick. (Ya know, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta.) Feeling somewhat like the proprietor of some illicit operation, I refused to use the word "trick" and even now, more than 40 years later, if I were to write a resume, I would say that I was a "Crew Chief" similar to what the top enlisted man is still called on our aerial flight crews.

    So there ya have it... <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

    (*) The largest was in Pirmasens, Germany

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Crew is a collective noun of the specific noun subclass. It is a noun that denotes a whole made of similar parts. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>
    Jerry

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Hey, am I an invisible part of this crew? Don't I get even a mention for <post:=616,291>post 616,291</post:>? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17><small>[i] I'm surprised JG has even heard of M

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    Re: Hardware Icon in System Tray (for Printer)..(?

    Well I'll thank you instead....

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>I am even more surprised that JG even knows what a McDonalds is...I thought they just had cream teas in his part of the world unless the quarter pounder scones with extra crumpets on the side and a large earl grey with lemon is the local delicacy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Jerry

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