Changing the Behavior of Icons
in your System Tray
(Windows XP Home Media and Professional Editions )
Windows System Tray (Notification Area) is located in the lower right hand corner of your
screen. It is the area of your Task Bar nearest your computer's clock. This
is the area where the icons of programs running in the background reside.
Normally there are things such as anti-virus program, firewall, volume
icon, and others, depending on your configuration. The System Tray will "hide" icons that are not actively
being used or those that are seldom or never used. But sometimes you may want to see
them anyway! Sometimes, for unknown reasons, Windows will hide icons of
programs that you have recently accessed. So it's good to know how to take
control of your System Tray. For this tutorial we've used the example of the volume control icon. This
tutorial is going to show you how to keep the volume control icon showing
all the time. You can use these same steps to keep other icons visible in the
System Tray as well.
Right Click the lower right hand corner of your
system tray as shown in the image below.
Step 2 Choose
Properties from the drop down menu that appears, as shown below:
Step 3 The following
window will open. Click Taskbar tab and then choose Customize.
Step 4 The window that
appears will look like the one below. Find "Volume" in the list, click it
once, then click the little blue arrow next to it to open the drop down menu
of choices, and choose "Always Show". Now click OK
Step 5 You are all done!
You can use the same steps listed here to change the behavior of other icons
in your System Tray too!
Note that locking the taskbar does not affect icons which are
displayed in the Notification area (System Tray) area of the Taskbar - just
in case you were wondering why we didn't mention Lock The Taskbar in this
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