Solved Windows XP Taskbar and Start menu Properties

February 20, 2012 at 20:38:13
Specs: Windows XP, 3.20 GB Pentium 4/2.99 GB RAM
After opening taskbar and start menu properties then in customize notifications , How do I bring past items to current items?

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February 29, 2012 at 14:31:29
Moving an icon up from "past" to "current", although an interesting idea, was not the right approach for this issue. Past items are just an historical record for information and do not function. It seems to me it was an Avira mess up, so maybe uninstalling Avira with a removal tool then re-installing it would have been another solution. The reason for the removal tool is because AV's have a knack of leaving things behind, especially if not disabled before uninstall (which is important).

If for any reason you wish to clear the past items see this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

You can also use #53 (left) on here:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

I used the latter for quite a while, which is quick and easy, but these past items come trotting back eventually so I now ignore them. They do no harm, just a bit untidy looking that's all.

Glad to hear you have made some sort of progress and thanks for the feedback.



#1
February 21, 2012 at 16:36:49
To my knowledge you can't, but there should be no reason to do so. The old ones below the line can be ignored. There is a script around to clear the old ones but they don't really matter.

If there is a current item missing that is a different matter. In which case you need to tell us which one it is and maybe we can help.

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#2
February 21, 2012 at 19:38:28
Click the Past Item, then click the DOWN ARROW that shows to the right,
then click the selection of display.

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#3
February 22, 2012 at 11:59:42
Chuck 2

From what I can make of it the settings there are generalised. They are intended so that icons either show or don't show on the right by the clock - but Past Items never show there anyway. As a double check I've tried it, but settings in Past Items appear to be totally ignored.

If yours work differently (on XP) please let me know.

The way I read the question is that the poster wants to move them up from Past Items into "Current Items", which is quite another matter.

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#4
February 23, 2012 at 14:27:12
Hello Derek,
One of the past Items that I wanted to move up to current was my Antivirus Icon.
I like to keep it visable on the taskbar for two reasons. One, so I know it has not been attacked by some unknown source. And two, so I can run a scan quickly if I need to.
Other than that, is there a way to "Clear-the-list" of past items?
Thanks

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#5
February 23, 2012 at 15:55:32
Seems very sensible to want that icon in the tray. What AV are you running? Usually there is a "show icon in taskbar" (or similar) in the Control Panel for the AV.

It should then appear in "Current Items" and can be set to Always Show as per Chuck 2's advice, although I've not normally found it necessary to make that change in TaskBar Properties for AV's.

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#6
February 23, 2012 at 18:07:21
Hello Derek,
Thank you for replying
I am using Avira Antivirus.
For about 3 months the Icon WAS showing in the taskbar.
I don't remember what I did last before I noticed it wasn't there anymore.
Fortunately I have it in another folder, but it would be convenient and more practical if I had it showing on the taskbar. As I mentioned earlier, some websites disable the antivirus, (which happened to me in the past) and I like to have comfort of security to always see it in the taskbar.
It works perfectly.It announces updates, it stops fake downloads. Its great!
So, getting back to the original question, is there a way to find the location in the computer where the past items are stored? Maybe in the registry somewhere?
Thanks again

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#7
February 23, 2012 at 18:56:21
Did you look in the Control Panel for Avira to see if there was any enable/disable setting for the tray icon?

Sorry, but although I can see what you are driving at I don't think trying to restore the icon in TaskBar Properties will achieve the objective. Even if you somehow got the icon moved to Current Items there is no guarantee it would put it in the notification area (near clock) and it becoming the proper working facility that you need. It is not like an ordinary shortcut icon.

See if this helps (posts 9 & 10):
https://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.p...

If not, there are lots of hits about "missing Avira taskbar icon" in Google (I only read until I got to the first one that "appeared" to work). If that doesn't help I think you would be better off joining an Avira forum because this seems to be a known Avira issue and someone there should be better able to help you.

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#8
February 23, 2012 at 19:42:12
Hello Derek,
There were no settings in "Configurations" in regard to icons so I will explorer the Avira forum and probe in there.

Thanks for the tip

Webpete


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#9
February 23, 2012 at 21:34:33
OK, hope it works out.

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#10
February 29, 2012 at 14:01:48
Moving unused items up to current has not been solved.
About the Antivirus Icon missing from the sys.tray; I un-installed the anti-virus program and re-installed another anti-virus program. Now I have an active antivirus icon in my systray.
This issue is half-solved

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#11
February 29, 2012 at 14:31:29
✔ Best Answer
Moving an icon up from "past" to "current", although an interesting idea, was not the right approach for this issue. Past items are just an historical record for information and do not function. It seems to me it was an Avira mess up, so maybe uninstalling Avira with a removal tool then re-installing it would have been another solution. The reason for the removal tool is because AV's have a knack of leaving things behind, especially if not disabled before uninstall (which is important).

If for any reason you wish to clear the past items see this:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

You can also use #53 (left) on here:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

I used the latter for quite a while, which is quick and easy, but these past items come trotting back eventually so I now ignore them. They do no harm, just a bit untidy looking that's all.

Glad to hear you have made some sort of progress and thanks for the feedback.


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#12
February 29, 2012 at 20:31:23
Hello Derek,
That was the perfect solution.
The link to Mr. Fix-It worked!!!
That was the perfect link and I will recommend to everyone who needs it.
That was http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

Thanks so much
Pete


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#13
March 1, 2012 at 06:16:40
Both fixes work much the same. You usually have to reset your customizations in Current Items after running them (ie Always show, Always hide, etc). They start
arriving again in time.

Thanks for feedback - glad to have helped.


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