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Keep System Tray Icon Active

Posted on 2007-11-30
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My VB app places an icon in the system tray with a context menu. In Windows XP if the app remains inactive for a little while the icon becomes hidden and user has to click the "show hidden icons" arrow to see it. Is there a way I can make the icon always stay in place in the system tray like Windows Live Messenger does?
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by:orphanc
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Right click the taskbar, then select "Properties"

Under the Taskbar tab, click the box "Customize", it will show you a list of apps, which tend to show "hide when inactive" to the right of them. Select your VB app, and choose "show always". Does this help?

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by:submissiontechnology
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I'd rather add some code to my app to do that rather than asking users to do that setting manually.
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Jaime Olivares earned 500 total points
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you need some kind of "keep-alive" technique. Maybe you can create a timer event, and call some NotifyIcon's method or modify a property like Text.
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by:submissiontechnology
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Thanks I've added a timer to reset the icon will see on Monday if it did the trick.
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by:Wes Miller
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You could also just have it execute systray.exe to refresh the takbar......
Systray.exe is a tool for system taskbar notifications. The taskbar provides a location for programs and hardware devices to display icons. For example, if your computer supports advanced power management (APM), a Battery Meter icon may be displayed on the taskbar.
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Thank you jaime_olivares, your suggestion worked perfectly.
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