Notification Area problem
Posted 08 March 2008 - 06:55 AM
Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:16 AM
XP has a habit of ignoring the customised settings for the system tray -- it often ignored mine, hiding my firewall icon despite telling it not to, which is a big "no-no". So I simply unticked "Hide inactive icons" so I can always see all of them -- though I should add I also keep them to a bare minimum by not allowing any non-essential ones to load with Windows.
Many utilities run in the background and install a system tray icon by default when such behaviour serves no useful purpose, so you need to take control of them yourself, you decide which ones you need and which ones you don't. Every one of them takes a bite of RAM, even if you choose to hide them -- so preventing those you don't need from starting with Windows is the way to go.
I only have four icons in my tray (no hidden ones) despite being what I consider to be a 'power user'. They are: Kaspersky Internet Firewall, the device removal icon, speaker icon, and wireless keyboard utility. Don't let your software decide what gets put in there, take control yourself.
That way you will only have a few so it looks clean and tidy and no need to hide any.
Edited by pip22, 08 March 2008 - 08:22 AM.
Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:01 PM
For example, as you know, the listing of contents of items in the NA in the screen called 'Task Bar and Start Menu - Properties - Task Bar - Notification Area - Check 'Hide inactive icons' - Click 'Customize', the list is divided into 'Current Items' and 'Past Items'. In the list of 'Current Items' is an icon which gives me access to 'C-Media Audio configuation' which I don't want to see and is annotated 'Always hide' but it always shows up, whereas on the 'Past Items' list the icon 'Safely remove hardware' is annotated as 'always show' and never shows.
Your further thoughts would be appreciated.
Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:26 PM
Then I stop any programs from starting at boot time that I don't want. For instance, C-Media Audio configuration can be disabled so it doesn't start at boot time. If you ever need it, go to Programs and start it. It can be stopped either by options in the program itself or using the msconfig Startup tab. Ditto for other programs.
Posted 11 March 2008 - 07:06 PM
For the first time in a long time I have an icon for Xerox One-Touch, one for 'safely remove hardware' and no icon for 'C-Audio configuration'. I went into 'msconfig' and 'slashed and burned'. Obviously I have done enough!!
Thanks a lot for your help.
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