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larrycleve

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The taskbar in xp home has started acting weird. It doesn't show all the icons that it used to and the show icon button intermittently comes and goes. I haven't changed any taskbar properties and have done virus scans. Any ideas what to look for? Thanks, Larry.
 
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Sorry, I was meaning to reference that my system tray icons wont "auto hide". Seems the original poster had trouble with taskbar issue, I think? Anywho, my issue is XP's auto-hide ofinactive icons in the sys tray wont funtion. The little gray arrow is nowhere to be found... sometimes its there.... most of the time not and all my icons are visible...
 
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To TerryXP,
It will not always hide inactive as they are not always inactive. To set the options for which get hidden and which don't... right click on the taskbar and go down to properties. At the bottom of the current menu will be a checkbox for "Hide inactive icons", check it or uncheck it depending on what you prefer. If you want to hide the inactive icons you can also click on customize next to that option and select the icons you wish to hide.
 
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Yes I understand that, but they are NEVER hidden... I have 8 items in my sys tray, surely some of them are "inactive." It has always worked before until recently...
 
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I have a home network setup by crossover cable... with one of the two nics on the host pc being usb... meaning even when the second pc is not turned on, (about 50% of the time) there is still a network icon in the sys tray with a red X through it. Whenever this is the case, hiding inactive icons doesnt seem to function. The remedy is to completely unplug the usb nic from the host pc... I have no idea why this is, but it fixed the issue.
 
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Run Dr. Watson in System Info and see what that says. Some 3rd party software can cause the Taskbar to become unstable or act weird.
 
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