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Disappearing icons in notification area of taskbar

At different times the network, sound, or power icons stop appearing in the taskbar. When I go to properties of the taskbar, the missing icons are greyed out so they cannot be turned on. The next time or several startups later, the icons either show up or are available in the Properties dialog box to be turned. Why is this happening and how can I stop it.

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  • rone1701 Dec 13, 2008

    I am sorry your directions are not umderstandable. What exactly are you suggesting. What box to uncheck?

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Open task bar properties, from control panel, choose taskbar and start menu. Uncheck the check box at the bottom of the window.

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Volume icon missing


Which operating system ??

In Windows and on a Mac, you can use an icon shaped like an audio speaker to adjust the computer's volume or mute the sound output completely.

Whichever operating system you are running, it is possible to remove the volume icon from the screen.

If you have removed the volume icon accidentally, you may not have a convenient way to adjust your computer's sound volume.

Restore the sound icon to resume using it to adjust the volume or mute your computer's sound output.

Click the "System Preferences" icon on the dock.
If you have removed this icon from the dock, click the Apple icon at the top of the screen, then click "System Preferences."


Click the "Sound" icon in the "System Preferences" window.

Place a check in the box at the bottom of the window labeled "Show volume in menu bar."
The sound icon appears at the top of the screen.
Close the window to resume using your computer.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows 7

Click the Windows Orb (Start button), then click "Control Panel."
Click "Taskbar and Start Menu."
If you do not see this icon, click the "View by:" drop-down menu at the top of the window and select "Small icons."
Click the "Taskbar" tab, then click the "Customize" button.
Click the drop-down menu next to "Volume" and select "Show icon and notifications."
Click "OK" twice and close the Control Panel.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows Vista

Click the Windows Orb (Start button), then click "Control Panel."
Double-click "Taskbar and Start Menu."
If you do not see this icon, click the "Classic View" link.
Select the "Notification Area" tab. Place a check in the box labeled "Volume."
Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows XP

Click the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel."
Double-click the "Sounds and Audio Devices" icon, or click "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices," then click "Sounds and Audio Devices."
Place a check in the box labeled "Place volume icon in the taskbar."
Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows 2000

Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."
Double-click "Sounds and Multimedia."
Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."
Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows Millennium Edition (ME)

Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."
Double-click "Sounds and Multimedia."
If you do not see this icon, click the "View All Control Panel Options" link.
Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."
Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.
Restoring the sound icon in Windows 98

Click the "Start" button, then click "Settings" and "Control Panel."
Double-click "Multimedia."
Click the "Audio" tab.
Place a check in the box labeled "Show volume control on the taskbar."
Click "OK" and close the Control Panel.

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Task bar at bottom with font size on it has gone


The task bar is an important part of the Windows experience. Not only does it contain a variety of information including what time it is and how much battery life is left it's the way most Windows users open programs and documents. As such, the task bar disappearing is a stressful thing, but fixing this problem on your own is possible.

Auto-Hide Sometimes you may think your task bar has disappeared, but it's really just been set to "auto-hide." Move your mouse to the bottom of the screen and see if it pops up automatically. Then check all four sides of the screen. If the task bar was simply auto-hiding, disable this feature by right-clicking the task bar, clicking "Properties" and unchecking "Auto-hide the Taskbar." b> Reboot b> If your task bar disappears, and auto-hide isn't the culprit, the first thing you should do is reboot your computer this fixes the problems in most instances. Only one problem: because your task bar disappeared you can't access the "Start" menu in order to shut down the computer. Instead press "Alt," "Ctrl," and "Delete" at the same time and press "Restart" in the window that pops up after doing so. Your computer should restart, and in most cases your task bar should come back when it restarts. b> More Options b> If rebooting doesn't fix cause the task bar to reappear, your computer might have a problem starting explorer.exe, the program that displays the task bar and desktop icons in Windows. Press "Ctrl," "Shift," and "Esc" at the same time to bring up the System Manager. Then click "File," followed by "New Task (Run)" and type "explorer.exe" in the dialogue box that pops up. You now have your task bar and desktop icons back. Reboot to see if they stick around after rebooting. If not, repeat the process in the above paragraph. When you have you task bar back click "Start," then "Programs," then "Accessories," then "System Tools" and then "System Restore." Restore the computer to a time when everything was working fine by clicking that date on the calendar. Reboot to see if this fixes the problem. If none of this brought back your task bar permanently it may be time to run a repair install. Change My Task Bar b> In Windows operating systems, the taskbar shows your currently active windows and programs, shortcuts to your favorite programs, the time, your volume control, active programs and the "Start" button. You may want to change the taskbar so it has a different look or to customize it to suit your needs when using your computer. Windows XP users have fewer options than Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, but all operating system owners can make changes to the taskbar.

Right-click in your taskbar. Left-click on "Lock the taskbar" if it is currently checked. Otherwise, click back onto the taskbar. Click on any empty area of the taskbar. Drag the taskbar to the position (bottom, top, left or right side of the screen) you desire, and release it. Re the taskbar by moving your cursor to where the taskbar ends. Your cursor will change to a two-way arrow. Left-click and drag the taskbar until it reaches the you want. Move your cursor over the series of separator bumps between the Start button and the Quick Launch menu, and the Quick Launch menu and the active programs section of the taskbar, to alter the of the Quick Launch menu and the active programs area. Right-click the taskbar, and left-click on "Lock the taskbar" once you've completed the changes you wish to make. b> Change Taskbar Options b> Right-click on the taskbar, and left-click on "Properties." Modify the taskbar settings so that it appears the way you like. You can decide whether to show the Quick Launch menu (a series of icons for your most commonly used programs), to show thumbnails for your active programs in Windows 7 and Windows Vista and to group similar active programs, and to automatically hide the taskbar or to always have it on top of other windows. Click on the "Notification" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to modify the way the notification area to the far right appears. Stay on the taskbar tab in Windows XP. Hide inactive icons, and decide which information to show, including the clock or the volume, power and network icons in Windows 7 and Vista. Click on the "Customize" button to specify which programs or notifications should always show, never show or grow inactive with disuse. Click on the "Toolbars" tab in Windows 7 or Vista to specify which toolbars you wish to see in the taskbar. Your options will vary according to the programs you have installed on your computer but may include the Quick Launch, address bar and links toolbars. Click the "Apply" button, then "OK" once you have made the changes you desire. Hope this helps.

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Sound not comeing at the takbar speak not show


Show the volume icon in the taskbarIf you end up finding to impractical notification area to have the speaker icon displayed inside the taskbar, you can tell Windows 7 to resume showing the volume, same steps as before:
  • Click on the start menu, and type "volume"
  • Select the Volume's dropdown menu, and change its value from "Off" back to "On"
  • Click OK to confirm and close the Control Panel
Windows 7 has now resumed displaying the volume icon in the taskbar!
Else IF windows XP
goto control panel click sound and audio device then check Place volume icon in the taskbar.

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How to disable automatic updates on XP windows?


To turn on Automatic Updates yourself, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click to select one of the following options. We recommend that you select the Automatic (recommended) Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them option.
    • Automatic (recommended) Automatically download recommended updates for my computer and install them

      If you select this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to find updates on the Windows Update Web site or on the Microsoft Update Web site that apply to your computer. Updates are downloaded automatically in the background, and you are not notified or interrupted during this process. An icon appears in the notification area of your taskbar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. When the download is complete, you receive another message in the notification area so that you can review the updates that are scheduled for installation.
      • Click to select the day and time for scheduled updates to download and install. You can schedule Automatic Updates for any time of day. However, your computer must be on at the scheduled time for updates to be installed.
      • You can choose to install the updates as soon as they are finished downloading. To do this, click the download message (or update icon), and then click Install. If you choose not to install the updates when they finish downloading, Windows starts the installation on your set schedule.
    • Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them

      If you select this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to automatically download updates from the Windows Update Web site or from the Microsoft Update Web site. An icon appears in the notification area of your taskbar when the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status. When the download is complete, you receive another message in the notification area so that you can review the updates that are scheduled for installation.
      • When you want to install the downloaded update, click the message (or update icon), and then click Install to install the update.
      • If you do not want to install a downloaded update, click Details, and then click to clear the check box next to that update to decline it.
    • Notify me but don't automatically download or install them

      If you select this option, Windows recognizes when you are online and uses your Internet connection to search for downloads from the Windows Update Web site or from the Microsoft Update Web site. An Automatic Updates icon and message appear in the notification area of your taskbar when new updates are available to download or to install.
      • Click the icon or message to view the updates. If you do not want to download a selected update, click to clear the check box next to that update to decline it. Click Start Download to download the selected updates. The Automatic Updates icon remains in the notification area of your taskbar while the updates are being downloaded. You can point to the icon to view the download status.
      • When the download is complete, you receive another message in the notification area stating that the updates are ready to install. Click the Automatic Updates icon or the message, and then click Install to install the updates.
  3. Click OK.
For more information about how to schedule Automatic Updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 327838 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327838/ ) How to schedule automatic updates in Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows Server 2003

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Volume icon keeps disappearing from system tray


Volume Control - The volume icon does not appear in the notification area (system tray)
Go to Start/Control Panel/Sounds and Audio Devices.
On the Volume Tab under Device Volume, put a check in the box that reads: Place volume icon in the taskbar.(Classic View)

If that has been tried:
Place your XP CD in then go to Start/Run and type in:
EXPAND -R X:\I386\powrprof.dl_ C:\Windows\System32 (X- is your CD location)
Once done: Go to Start/Run and type in: regsvr32 stobject.dll
or
How to fix system tray icons missing in vista and xp
For those who like to do it manually, open the command prompt and type the following two commands one by one:

From the command prompt, type
"taskkill /f /im explorer.exe"
"explorer.exe"

Hope it helps.

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Sound icon doesn't show up on bottom toolbar


Right click on any blank part of your taskbar, then left click on Properties, a windows titled "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" will open : click on the "Notification Area" tab, then, under Syatem Icons, put a check mark on "Volume", then click on "Apply", click on "OK" and the "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" window will close and you will have the Volume (Sound) icon in the Notification Area of the Taskbar.

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How do I show the Internet symbol at the bottom of the desktop screen?


Show the Internet Icon at Taskbar

Right click on Task Bar -> Properties -> Notification Area Tab -> Check Network System Icon Box -> Apply -> OK.

BTW
Symbol=>Icon,
Bottom of the desktop screen=>Taskbar

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Volume icon lost from my toolbar


I thing this problem because a SoundMax driver conflict with windows vista.I thing you should update your SoundMax driver (if you have) or if you using the old AVG,upgrade it.

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Volume control icon not displayed


where the clock is RIGHT click and select CUSTOMISE NOTIFICATION ICONS then make sure that the the volume panel is showing this - hope this helps.d8a766d.png

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Disappearing Icons in notification area of taskbar - VistaHmPrem.


Right click on your taskbar then choose properties. On the bottom of the box opened, there is a check box with label "Hide Inactive Icons". Uncheck the box.

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