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Disappearing Icons in notification area of taskbar - VistaHmPrem.

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

    My hide inactive icons was unchecked when this problem is occuring. Thanks anyway

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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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