WindowsXP - not all icons appear in task bar.

After a reboot, not all pertinent icons (such as volume control, Nero InCD, total of seven) appear in the notification area of the task bar. As a rule, the only icons that appear every time are "time", Norton Internet Security & LAN Connection. Log off, and then back on, and all seven icons appear. As an alternative, "stop" explorer.exe in Task Manager and then "restart" as a new task and all pertinent icons will appear also. I have not been able to find any discussion on this particular issue anywhere. Lots of discussion on task bar completely disappearing however.

Railcrafter
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  1. Right click on the task bar, properties, notification area, customize and make you sure that the icons that you need isn't configured like "always hide"
  2. Only "Keep the taskbar on top....", "Show Quick Launch" & "Show the clock" are checked.
  3. An old laptop I use often has this problem. Sometimes it is almost as if they have not loaded quickly enough, as they may appear later, but in the meantime, an easy way to sort this is to create a small batch file to save to your desktop to run whenever all the icons don't show.

    To do this, open Notepad and copy the text below:

    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
    start explorer.exe
    exit

    Save As *filename*.bat (notice the .bat extension, not .txt)

    This will close the taskbar and reopen it, without having to log off and back on or by opening Task Manager. Hope that is of some use to you.
  4. Thanks ukcal for the suggestion. I can certainly implement your suggestion, however, I am more interested in a permanent "fix" instead of having to kill and run explorer everytime I reboot windows.
  5. railcrafter said:
    Thanks ukcal for the suggestion. I can certainly implement your suggestion, however, I am more interested in a permanent "fix" instead of having to kill and run explorer everytime I reboot windows.


    No worries, I have to admit, I too would like to know a more permanent fix, so hopefully if anyone does know of one and posts it here too, I will know :)
    Still in the mean time, I guess we will just have to continue killing explorer...
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