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Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar

Tootler 12 Mar 11 - 06:16 AM
Mr Red 12 Mar 11 - 06:25 AM
Bernard 12 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM
JohnInKansas 12 Mar 11 - 11:04 AM
Tootler 13 Mar 11 - 07:34 PM
MikeL2 14 Mar 11 - 10:14 AM
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Subject: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: Tootler
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 06:16 AM

The speaker icon that allows you to change the volume of audio has gone missing from my wife's computer. She is running Windows Vista.

I had this happen previously on my old computer with Windows XP. You still have control of the volume and other audio settings but the icon which gives quick access from the task bar for some reason does not load on start up. My previous experience suggest that this is an intermittent fault but it would be very useful to know:

1. How to get it to display if it fails to load

2. Even better, how to ensure it does load every time.

Presumably there are some settings that need adjusting somewhere?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: Mr Red
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 06:25 AM

run msconfig.exe and have a look at the tabs. One is a list of programs that load on start-up. You can ienable or disable them by checkbox. see if some are unchecked. Have a think before disabling any though.

I put a volume control icon on my desktop. Not as immediate but at least it gets the job done.

On one of our Radio Station computers the icon is missing so I will be looking at the answers herein.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: Bernard
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 06:42 AM

It may be much simpler... in Control Panel look at Sounds and Audio Devices, and make sure the 'Place volume icon in the taskbar' is checked - it could have been unchecked inadvertently or by software.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 11:04 AM

Since Vista arbitrarily and irrationally renamed everything in order to be more "idiot friendly" I'm unable to find a place to follow any of the above suggestions in mine.

IF you can find a "blank area" on the Startup bar where the volume icon should be, and right click it and click "Properties," the popup may have a "Notification Area" tab.

There is a check box at "Icons" to "Hide inactive icons." UNCHECK that box.

In the "System icons" there is an instruction to "Select which system icons to always show" where you'll probably want to CHECK "Clock" and "Volume" - if they appear there.

The default setup doesn't check the "always show" box for "Volume" or the "Hide inactive icons" box. With volume unchecked in the always show box, and with "hide inactive" checked, the volume control can easily slip out of view.

Another obnoxious "feature" more often encountered in Vista is the offer to "remove unused icons" from the desktop, which can fairly often make things disappear there. (It's in a "feature" called "Desktop Cleanup," I believe.)

If (or maybe one might say "when") that happens, the shortcuts should be saved in a folder called "saved icons" or "removed icons" or something similar so that you can put them back easily if you can find the $!%@@#% folder. (The folder usually disappears, or is never created, unless you've had an "accidental dissapearance.")

An icon appears in the Startup Bar (usually lower right) if a shortcut to the program appears in a "Startup" folder.

An icon apears in the Quick Start Bar (usually lower left) if a shortcut to the program appears in a "Start" folder.

Unfortunately, there can be dozens of each of the above folders - Start or Startup - on a machine, and they're all "sytem" folders that won't appear in Windows Explorer (or in any search results) unless you turn off the "hide hidden and system files" in Control Panel - which is now located somewhere indiscernible among the "clever new meaningful-only-to-the-brain-impaired names" used for everything in Vista Control Panel.

John


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Subject: RE: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: Tootler
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 07:34 PM

I'll look into the above suggestions.

It will no doubt take a bit of ferreting round to find the necessary places as I am not particularly familiar with Windows Vista, not having Windows at all on my own computer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Speaker icon missing in Windows task bar
From: MikeL2
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 10:14 AM

hi

I too "lost" the Volume icon.

To remedy all I did was to right click on right-hand side of task bar. Click on Properties and then select "Notifications".

There you will see various items that can be notified on Start-up. One of these is Volume.

Worked for me.

By the way this was in Vista.

Cheers

MikeL2


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