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Windows 7: Notification/Tray area activation

17 May 2010   #1
Logman

Windows 7 HP
 
 
Notification/Tray area activation

Hi,

I've got two desktops with Windows 7 and am having the same problem on both - when I press the arrow on the task bar to open the area with the icons, as soon as I move the mouse towards it the window with the icons in it disappears i.e. it loses activation and closes. It can take up to ten goes to get in there to access an icon. As a workaround I've temporarily put them on the task bar but there is too many and it takes up an undesirable amount of my bar.

Is there a way to give this small window 'always on top' or 'keep activated' status?

Thanks.


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17 May 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Is this a new problem?

Did you add or change anything when the problem started?

When did it start?
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17 May 2010   #3
Logman

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I've only just bought windows 7 - the other PC has had it for a month or so. It's been like that the whole time. I've tried turning off everything that might steal the activation but no luck - as soon as I move my cursor toward that window it just closes....
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17 May 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

What do the computers have in common?
Same ISP etc?

Router?

Think the cause is something in common.

Did you use the same DVD to load the OS?
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17 May 2010   #5
Logman

Windows 7 HP
 
 

They are on the same home network through a router. We have two Windows 7 setup disks (not upgrade) and did a Custom install from XP on both.

As I said before, I'm using the 'Always show all icons' option which would be fine if there wasn't so many - can I remove some of those like the network etc, if yes, how do I do that?

Thanks.
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17 May 2010   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

which icons disappear? notification area?

Rightclick taskbar>Properties>Customize Notification area
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18 May 2010   #7
Ch@n

 

Click on Up arrow near your taskbar clock. Click customize. You will be shown a window in which you have all options. Like, show/hide icon and notification and only notification. This way, you can show or hide the icons displayed in the taskbar. For ur better understanding attached is a snip.


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18 May 2010   #8
Logman

Windows 7 HP
 
 

oops, off track guys - the whole window vanishes ie, the 2 inch x 2 inch window that appears when you press the up arrow - as soon as I move my cursor after pressing the arrow it's gone.
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18 May 2010   #9
Ch@n

 

Do you move the cursor on the notification window or elsewhere?
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18 May 2010   #10
Logman

Windows 7 HP
 
 

I go straight for the small window and it loses activation and it's gone. I just remembered that the same thing happens with auto complete on my browser - I go to click the suggestion and the auto complete closes - takes about ten attempts before that will stay there too.
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