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Windows 7: strange problem in notification area icons?


29 Mar 2011   #1
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
strange problem in notification area icons?

Hi all
I noticed on my laptop if i add more then 4 icons to notification area (show icons and notifications),
when adding the 5th icon ->the "show hidden icons" icon (the small up arrow like in the photo ) disappear ! .
when i remove the 5th icon from notification area,
then the "show hidden icons" icon appears back.
-i tried to lock/unlock the task bar it did not help.
-i noticed on my other PC ->same happens but with the 6th icon...
1-is it a known issue?
2-is there a tweak to increase numbers (more then 5) on notification area without loosing the "show hidden icons" icon?
Thanks!




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29 Mar 2011   #2
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

In the taskbar properties, (I always unlock the taskbar when customising it), Customize... (or Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons), you can check the box by "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar", or select which ones you want to show or hide from the options for each icon above. Mine shows 8 icons and the time at the moment, but no little chevron, because none are hidden.

Yet another way to customize the notification area is by clicking on the "hidden" "<" chevron and selecting "customize" at the bottom of the icon selection box. No doubt there's a group policy and registry hack too
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29 Mar 2011   #3
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

There are some odd issues with the notification area. Use CCleaner and tick the box "Tray Notifications Cache"



Run cleaner and this will clear and reinitialise the notifications/icon cache. You have to restart explorer after doing this, or it wont work.

This utility is very convenient for that;

Explorer - Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Mar 2011   #4
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Hi fafhrd,
if i check the box by "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" i do not see the "show hidden icons" icon
since there are more then 4 notification area icons ....
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29 Mar 2011   #5
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
There are some odd issues with the notification area. Use CCleaner and tick the box "Tray Notifications Cache"



Run cleaner and this will clear and reinitialise the notifications/icon cache. You have to restart explorer after doing this, or it wont work.

This utility is very convenient for that;

Explorer - Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu


Regards....Mike Connor
Hi Mike,
i tried ccleaner before (i like it and use it for years) but no good...
Also tried now your suggested tweak -unfortunately it did not help...
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29 Mar 2011   #6
fafhrd

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Try leaving your taskbar "unlocked", and things may rearrange themselves differently - just a suggestion.
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29 Mar 2011   #7
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
Try leaving your taskbar "unlocked", and things may rearrange themselves differently - just a suggestion.
OK i'll try, but as i wrote in my question i tried it allready

Quote:
No doubt there's a group policy and registry hack too
well that may be the thing i need...
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29 Mar 2011   #8
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi,

You'll find that the default is 3 icons plus the Expand icon...
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By following the instructions in post 2 you can set to show all notification icons...
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You can also customize the amount of icons above 3 by doing the following...

1, click the Expand icon
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2, click & drag the icon(s) you wish to have permanently on display to where you wish them to sit
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You'll notice that 4 icons now show on your notification bar and you can add as many as you like.
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To reverse the process just click the Expand icon then drag the icon back to the grid.
Note   Note
The Lock Taskbar setting has no effect on moving the notification icons



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29 Mar 2011   #9
Orbital Shark

 
 

You'll also find that by dragging the icons to the notification bar set the Show Icon and Notification setting in the Customize settings screen.
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29 Mar 2011   #10
prukeyhi

98SE/XP/windows7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thank you Orbital Shark for your detailed answer!
But after i click & drag the 5th icon->i do not see the Expand icon
Please try to add a 5th icon and see if you'll have the Expand icon as well...
Thanks
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