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Windows 7: Network connection indicator missing from task bar

02 Oct 2013   #1
tysonjm

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 
Network connection indicator missing from task bar

I recently noticed my network connections indicator (large green icon to the left of systray) is not appearing anymore. It seemed like it was always on by default the last few years, and I really found it useful, i.e. it quickly indicated to me whether I was connected to wireless or ethernet, strength of wireless connection, etc.

The screenshot shows what I am talking about. Anyone know how to get this to reappear? I've checked taskbar properties, network and sharing properties as obvious places, but I can't find any settings to control this indicator showing or not on the taskbar like it used to. Thanks!




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02 Oct 2013   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Windows 7 never did have a green indicator is is a white.

Have a look at this tutorial System Icons - Turn On or Off and see if it's turned off.

At the bottom of that tutorial there are some related tutorials that may help also.

Jerry
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03 Oct 2013   #3
tysonjm

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Thanks, Jerry. Obviously Windows 7 (my OS) had the green indicator or I wouldn't have that screenshot and have used it for the first three years of using my system.

The info you pointed me to only talks about turning off/on the small icon in the systray. Again, I am not looking for a systray icon, but the one shown in the screenshot. Since it suddenly disappeared after all this time, I almost wonder if it's related to some kind of recent Windows update? Thanks to anyone who can solve this!
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03 Oct 2013   #4
tysonjm

Windows 7 Professional SP1
 
 

Turns out this is a Lenovo Access Connections setting, not related to Windows. Somehow, it got switched off in my Lenovo Access Connections control panel.
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03 Oct 2013   #5
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tysonjm View Post
Turns out this is a Lenovo Access Connections setting, not related to Windows. Somehow, it got switched off in my Lenovo Access Connections control panel.
Good to hear you got it figured out.

Obvious it was a Lenovo program that has the green bars because like I said earlier Windows 7 comes with white bars.

Jerry
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