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Windows 7: Cannot customize Notification Area


25 Mar 2010   #1

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Cannot customize Notification Area

My notification area always displays all icons and notifications, but when I want to customize those systray icons, for some reason I can no longer use "Restore default icon behaviors" or make any other customations.
In window "Select which icons and notifications appear on the taskbar" all the options beneath "Behaviors" are inaccessable (showing 'Only show notifications' in a greyed out fashion). Also, when trying to click on any icon beneath "Icons" nothing happens.

At the bottom the selection option "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" is greyed out and its checkbox unmarked.

When I click on "Turn system icons on or off" I get the correct window ("Turn system icons on or off"), and "Behaviors" are accessable. However, when clicking "Restore default icon behaviors" nothing happens. Clicking on "Customize notification icons" brings me back to the "Select which icons..." window with those non working options.

I have tried Brink's tutorial "How to Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications in Windows 7", but no matter which of the included .reg files I merge, nothing changes and "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" stays greyed out with its checkbox unmarked.

Otherwhise, my system (Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate) runs great, I just cannot make some systray customations that I would now like to.

How could this be helped? Maybe Brink has a solution?

Cheers Uffe

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25 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

How long has this been going on? Might a system restore help?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #3
gaz

Windows 7 X64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ustahl View Post
My notification area always displays all icons and notifications, but when I want to customize those systray icons, for some reason I can no longer use "Restore default icon behaviors" or make any other customations.
In window "Select which icons and notifications appear on the taskbar" all the options beneath "Behaviors" are inaccessable (showing 'Only show notifications' in a greyed out fashion). Also, when trying to click on any icon beneath "Icons" nothing happens.

At the bottom the selection option "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" is greyed out and its checkbox unmarked.

When I click on "Turn system icons on or off" I get the correct window ("Turn system icons on or off"), and "Behaviors" are accessable. However, when clicking "Restore default icon behaviors" nothing happens. Clicking on "Customize notification icons" brings me back to the "Select which icons..." window with those non working options.

I have tried Brink's tutorial "How to Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications in Windows 7", but no matter which of the included .reg files I merge, nothing changes and "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar" stays greyed out with its checkbox unmarked.

Otherwhise, my system (Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate) runs great, I just cannot make some systray customations that I would now like to.

How could this be helped? Maybe Brink has a solution?

Cheers Uffe
maybe you could try "notification area cleaner"(download it) I use it to tidy up past notification icons which seem to stay even when program is gone?,it also cleaned up my grayed out boxes
just an idea?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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25 Mar 2010   #4

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
How long has this been going on? Might a system restore help?
Hi, can't tell exactly how long, found out just a few days ago, hadn't checked that feature for several months.
System Restore won't help, as I don't have old enough Restore points any longer.

Cheers Uffe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I have seen many strange things since I began helping here at this great forum. One poster had a similar problem that was caused by the A/V. Why not try turning yours off, reboot and see what happens.
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25 Mar 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

You mentioned one of our great tutrorials, did you look at this one?

Notification Area Icons - Reset
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #7

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gaz View Post
maybe you could try "notification area cleaner"(download it) I use it to tidy up past notification icons which seem to stay even when program is gone?,it also cleaned up my grayed out boxes
just an idea?
Thanks Gaz, I think you mean Brink's fix with "Reset_Notification_Icons_List.reg". Tried it now, but nothing has changed. What was greyed out and inaccessable before remains so.

This might prove to be a tough nut to crack, Im afraid.

Cheers Uffe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #8

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You mentioned one of our great tutrorials, did you look at this one?

Notification Area Icons - Reset
Yes, this must be the same one that Gaz referred to. Tried it with no success, as stated above.

Also, tried rebooting with A/V disabled (unplugged) - nothing's changed.

Cheers Uffe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If you tried the other this will probably work
System Icons - Enable or Disable

Make a system restore point, first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Mar 2010   #10

Win 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
If you tried the other this will probably work
Notification Area - System Icons - Vista Forums

Should work equally well with Windows 7. Make a system restore point, first.
Thanks for trying to help.

I took a look at this one with the Group Policy Editor. This fix is obviously aimed at the system icons only (clock, network, volume, power), which I can access/change.

It's the other notifications icons, related to installed utilities, that I cannot access/customize. Did not find any relevant help for these in the Group Policy Editor, but I'm not very familiar with this tool.

Cheers Uffe
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