restoring past to current systray icons

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May 1, 2009 at 05:31:11
Specs: WinXP, 512Mb
In the Properties of Start, Start Menu, Show/Hide icons; Customise button; a table shows with entries under 'Current' and 'Past'. How can items from the 'past' be restored into the 'current' section ?

Basty


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#1
May 1, 2009 at 05:45:00
You don't. Past items in Windows XP Notification area are just a historical record of what you once used. To clear out the past items, see the following article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
May 1, 2009 at 05:45:39
I don't see that option anywhere. Can you post a screen shot?

EEOC


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#3
May 1, 2009 at 05:54:03
I find that Task Manager is shown as a 'past' item. If I open Task Manager, then it becomes a 'current' item. Hint, Hint.

You may want to get rid of them.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283...
How to Clear Past Items from the Notification Area

Out of sight...Out of mind


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#4
May 1, 2009 at 06:19:40
Chuck2
I DO understand what your hint implies, and it MAY solve my problem. Thank you.The three items that concerned me are all individualy erasable, and that COULD be the end of it. They are Connection, Volume and USB-removal.
I do NOT want to get rid of 'them'. One e.g. "USB removal" which I WANT in the systray is listed as a past, but not a current item.

Jennifer Sumn
I will try, but I expect that the headings of 'current' and of 'past' will NOT appear in the same shot, as you have to scroll from one to the other.

Basty


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#5
May 1, 2009 at 06:32:25
Jennifer - in case I got and reported something wrong, I've just gone through the steps and documented them : Start; Properties; Task Bar tab; tick 'Hide Inactive Icons', tick the Customise button;
I've taken two screen shots, one of Current and one of Past,
which I would send now....but I can for the life of me not see a mechanism for 'attaching' them.

Basty


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#6
May 1, 2009 at 06:41:08
@ Jennifer
The OP does not give proper direction to said Items... at first
Right click a blank area of the Taskbar,
then click Properties,
then click the "Customize..." at the bottom.

@ 42
Those past items are likely to become current if you are using them. Maybe the Volume became unchecked in "Sound and Audio Properties" like this Place volume icon in the Taskbar Also maybe the 'Connection' became unchecked in the connection Properties.


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#7
May 1, 2009 at 07:00:27
Chuck 2
Does OP refer to me ? - in any case, what are they the initials of ?
In an earlier answer I said I realised that the items in question can be disappeared 'independently'. The PC about which I am inquiring, I will not have access to till next week sometime, so I can't check the status of those items.

What mechanism is there to acquiesce to Jennifer's request for screen shots ?

Basty


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#8
May 1, 2009 at 07:31:28
OP is Original Post or Posting, or Poster.

Screen shots are done via another website. Then when you post
the JPG there, you will then supply us with the LINK to it.
Name of site slips me now. Chuck 2 = 2nd hand brain.


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#9
May 1, 2009 at 07:46:34
Screenshots
Yes, they are done at places like
http://www.imageshack.us
Image hosting website offers easy upload tools and automatically generates HTML links for use on other sites, boards, and blogs. Bulk uploads are available for a fee.

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#10
May 1, 2009 at 21:39:38
Thank you Chuck
I recall now that I have done such a thing before - posted on a public site and sent the URL to a particular person.

Basty


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#11
May 1, 2009 at 21:55:50
Jennifer
As an alternative I tried to use 'private message' to send you the screen shots, but as you probably know, it is not possible for me to do that.

Basty


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#12
May 2, 2009 at 07:58:13
Post to a free image site, such as the one posted above.

Personally, I've never seen a "Properties" option when left-clicking on Start.

EEOC


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#13
May 3, 2009 at 07:10:03
I tried and failed with http://www.imageshack.us

I did not mean left-clicking Start. Properties is always (?) in Context Menu - reached by right-clicking. Maybe clearing up that misunderstanding makes posting screen shots uneccessary.

Basty


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#14
May 3, 2009 at 09:00:39
Basty, "The three items that concerned me are all individualy erasable, and that COULD be the end of it. They are Connection, Volume and USB-removal.
I do NOT want to get rid of 'them'. One e.g. "USB removal" which I WANT in the systray is listed as a past, but not a current item."

Basty,

For the USB removal icon to appear in the Notification area you must have a USB device actually plugged in. It would then appear as the Safely rmove hardware icon.

For the Connection icon you would go into the Control Panel, open the "Network Connections", right click the "Local area connection", choose Properties, under the General tab checkmark "Show icon in notification area when connected", click OK.

For the Volume icon go into your Control Panel, open "Sounds and Audio devices", under the Volume tab checkmark "Place Volume icon in taskbar", click Apply/OK.

After you have these icons showing in the Notification area go to the link below and under the letter "N" scroll down to "Notification Area - Icons Disappearing" and you'll find some fixes to keep those icons from disappearing.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Tufenuf


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#15
May 4, 2009 at 03:16:05
Tufenuf - Thank you.
I expect to be able to get access to the relevant PC tomorrow night, and I will report on my attempts to follow your hints, at the next opportunity after that.

Basty


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#16
May 21, 2009 at 04:06:58
It so happens that all three icons have returned to visibility, without me doing anything to achieve that......

Basty


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