stop inactive icons from appearing in XP tray

Hewlett-packard / Hp compaq dc7100 cmt(pj36...
April 19, 2011 at 09:34:44
Specs: XP Pro SP3 5.1 build 2600, 3.391 GHz / 1023 MB
When I boot up, I soften see an inactive icon in the taskbar tray, left over from previous session. How can I prevent this from happening?

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#1
April 19, 2011 at 13:05:25
Not sure whether this quite does what you want but tray items can be hidden or shown like this:
Right click Start button > Properties > Taskbar tab > Customize button.

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#2
April 20, 2011 at 10:20:51
Thanks for your thoughts, Derek. I did try that, but it only hides some of the icons on the right to make more room on the taskbar. Perhaps "inactive" was a poor choice of words. My problem icons are on the left side of the tray and look like they should be associated with a running program (although they are just the icon and seem to have no connection to anything currently running). This is very weird, I know. That's what makes it so fascinating... This is not a serious problem for me, but they do take up space! And they don't always occur. Does anybody know how program icons get placed into the taskbar?

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#3
April 20, 2011 at 11:39:05
... download this usefull (freeware) tool Starter

... I use it all the time... carefull what you "uncheck" ... in startups
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Angel Decoy
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#4
April 20, 2011 at 11:57:59
The left side is known as the "Quick Launch" bar. You can drag shortcuts to it from the desktop. Sometimes programs put an icon there but mostly it is an option. They can be deleted without removing any actual program.

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#5
April 20, 2011 at 13:44:34
right click on taskbar at bottom of screen go to toolbars and uncheck quicklanch all the icons will dissappear

Davidw


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#6
April 20, 2011 at 15:13:47
I thinks I may have hit upon the solution. I use a freestanding program called HideIcons to hide all the icons on my desktop whenever I want to enjoy my desktop wallpaper. It was starting to act funny, so I deleted it and restored it. Now it behaves well and so far no stray icons have returned to my taskbar. I have my fingers crossed.

Will let you know if this re-occurs.


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#7
April 20, 2011 at 15:52:04
Thanks for the feedback.

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#8
April 20, 2011 at 23:55:52
"...I want to enjoy my desktop wallpaper..."

... right click desktop "Arrange icons by" check/uncheck "show desktop icons"
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Angel Decoy
... there is logic to this madness!
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/...
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... .im


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#9
April 21, 2011 at 11:21:19
Thanks to all respondents. You're a helpful bunch!

John


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