Missing Icons in Task Bar

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I run XP pro SP2 and all updates.
At the bottom of the screen in the task bar "notification area" at the
right hand side is the clock. There are also 10 other icons sometimes there
eg Norton AV, "Safely Remove Hardware", MSN Messenger, etc.
The clock is always shown, the others are erratic, with anywhere from 3
to 10 showing. They could be any of the icons that are missing. It is very
random.
The next time I boot up there could be another set showing. Occasionally
the whole 10 (+ the clock) will show.
The icons showing do not change once I have booted up. (Unless I
manually reset them to show).
This is not really a problem as I have access to those programs via the
desktop and other ways, however I am interested to learn why this may be
happening. Is there something that I can do to correct this?
In the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, Taskbar tab, I have
unchecked Lock task bar
unchecked Auto-hide task bar
unchecked Keep taskbar on top
checked Group similar taskbar buttons
checked Show quick launch

checked Show the clock
unchecked Hide inactive icons

Any advice very much appreciated. Thank you.
Brian.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    This is normal behavior. johnf has given you the correct option.

    "bak" <someone@home.com> wrote in message
    news:euuZ4%23ljFHA.1416@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > I run XP pro SP2 and all updates.
    > At the bottom of the screen in the task bar "notification area" at the
    > right hand side is the clock. There are also 10 other icons sometimes
    > there eg Norton AV, "Safely Remove Hardware", MSN Messenger, etc.
    > The clock is always shown, the others are erratic, with anywhere from 3
    > to 10 showing. They could be any of the icons that are missing. It is very
    > random.
    > The next time I boot up there could be another set showing.
    > Occasionally the whole 10 (+ the clock) will show.
    > The icons showing do not change once I have booted up. (Unless I
    > manually reset them to show).
    > This is not really a problem as I have access to those programs via the
    > desktop and other ways, however I am interested to learn why this may be
    > happening. Is there something that I can do to correct this?
    > In the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, Taskbar tab, I have
    > unchecked Lock task bar
    > unchecked Auto-hide task bar
    > unchecked Keep taskbar on top
    > checked Group similar taskbar buttons
    > checked Show quick launch
    >
    > checked Show the clock
    > unchecked Hide inactive icons
    >
    > Any advice very much appreciated. Thank you.
    > Brian.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Check the last one & see what happens then.

    --

    johnf

    > I run XP pro SP2 and all updates.
    > At the bottom of the screen in the task bar "notification area" at
    > the right hand side is the clock. There are also 10 other icons
    > sometimes there eg Norton AV, "Safely Remove Hardware", MSN Messenger,
    > etc. The clock is always shown, the others are erratic, with
    > anywhere from 3 to 10 showing. They could be any of the icons that are
    > missing. It is
    > very random.
    > The next time I boot up there could be another set showing.
    > Occasionally the whole 10 (+ the clock) will show.
    > The icons showing do not change once I have booted up. (Unless I
    > manually reset them to show).
    > This is not really a problem as I have access to those programs via
    > the desktop and other ways, however I am interested to learn why this
    > may be happening. Is there something that I can do to correct this?
    > In the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, Taskbar tab, I have
    > unchecked Lock task bar
    > unchecked Auto-hide task bar
    > unchecked Keep taskbar on top
    > checked Group similar taskbar buttons
    > checked Show quick launch
    >
    > checked Show the clock
    > unchecked Hide inactive icons
    >
    > Any advice very much appreciated. Thank you.
    > Brian.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Thanks John,
    I did that, which allows certain icons to be hidden. I can then see
    those hidden icons by clicking the "<<"
    But the total number of icons still varies, now consisting of some
    hidden and some displayed. Even by setting to "Always Show" in the customise
    area, some don't always show.
    However, this is not exactly a critical problem. I was mostly just
    interested.
    Many thanks to you and Colin Barnhorst for your assistance and to all
    those in this NG who provide assistance to the not so clever like me.
    Much appreciated,
    Brian.


    "johnf" <john_f@bigpond.net.a> wrote in message
    news:OxnsCYmjFHA.3972@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > Check the last one & see what happens then.
    >
    > --
    >
    > johnf
    >
    >> I run XP pro SP2 and all updates.
    >> At the bottom of the screen in the task bar "notification area" at
    >> the right hand side is the clock. There are also 10 other icons
    >> sometimes there eg Norton AV, "Safely Remove Hardware", MSN Messenger,
    >> etc. The clock is always shown, the others are erratic, with
    >> anywhere from 3 to 10 showing. They could be any of the icons that are
    >> missing. It is
    >> very random.
    >> The next time I boot up there could be another set showing.
    >> Occasionally the whole 10 (+ the clock) will show.
    >> The icons showing do not change once I have booted up. (Unless I
    >> manually reset them to show).
    >> This is not really a problem as I have access to those programs via
    >> the desktop and other ways, however I am interested to learn why this
    >> may be happening. Is there something that I can do to correct this?
    >> In the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, Taskbar tab, I have
    >> unchecked Lock task bar
    >> unchecked Auto-hide task bar
    >> unchecked Keep taskbar on top
    >> checked Group similar taskbar buttons
    >> checked Show quick launch
    >>
    >> checked Show the clock
    >> unchecked Hide inactive icons
    >>
    >> Any advice very much appreciated. Thank you.
    >> Brian.
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Some icons in the notification area are for services and some for programs.
    The services only appear there when the service is running. The programs
    are usually associated with items in your startup folder and some registry
    keys. Just know that the 'coming and going' is expected behavior.

    "b" <someone@home.com> wrote in message
    news:uZgV9U1jFHA.2484@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks John,
    > I did that, which allows certain icons to be hidden. I can then see
    > those hidden icons by clicking the "<<"
    > But the total number of icons still varies, now consisting of some
    > hidden and some displayed. Even by setting to "Always Show" in the
    > customise area, some don't always show.
    > However, this is not exactly a critical problem. I was mostly just
    > interested.
    > Many thanks to you and Colin Barnhorst for your assistance and to all
    > those in this NG who provide assistance to the not so clever like me.
    > Much appreciated,
    > Brian.
    >
    >
    >
    > "johnf" <john_f@bigpond.net.a> wrote in message
    > news:OxnsCYmjFHA.3972@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    >> Check the last one & see what happens then.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> johnf
    >>
    >>> I run XP pro SP2 and all updates.
    >>> At the bottom of the screen in the task bar "notification area" at
    >>> the right hand side is the clock. There are also 10 other icons
    >>> sometimes there eg Norton AV, "Safely Remove Hardware", MSN Messenger,
    >>> etc. The clock is always shown, the others are erratic, with
    >>> anywhere from 3 to 10 showing. They could be any of the icons that are
    >>> missing. It is
    >>> very random.
    >>> The next time I boot up there could be another set showing.
    >>> Occasionally the whole 10 (+ the clock) will show.
    >>> The icons showing do not change once I have booted up. (Unless I
    >>> manually reset them to show).
    >>> This is not really a problem as I have access to those programs via
    >>> the desktop and other ways, however I am interested to learn why this
    >>> may be happening. Is there something that I can do to correct this?
    >>> In the Task Bar and Start Menu properties, Taskbar tab, I have
    >>> unchecked Lock task bar
    >>> unchecked Auto-hide task bar
    >>> unchecked Keep taskbar on top
    >>> checked Group similar taskbar buttons
    >>> checked Show quick launch
    >>>
    >>> checked Show the clock
    >>> unchecked Hide inactive icons
    >>>
    >>> Any advice very much appreciated. Thank you.
    >>> Brian.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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