Windows 10: I have lost access to the system tray (10130 Update channel)

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  1. Slartybart's Avatar
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       22 Jun 2015 #11

    Russ Quixote said: View Post
    Your suggestion answers my question. Thank you.

    As an old, old timer I translate 'taskbar' as 'taskbar' and "Notification Area and
    System Tray (or Systray) as themselves. Just a side note. The SETTINGS area only offers ON/OFF. No control for conditional settings. Oh well! They can't get [WIN]+M right.
    Regarding of your 'old-timer' status (me too), things change and things changed a lot between XP and Win7, then changed again with Win8 - the transition to Win10 from XP does have a learning curve. You probably already know that though

    Have fun learning all the new places MS put things and the new way to launch stuff. It does no good to complain about it, I tried that and no matter how much I yelled at the machine and cursed MS for changing things - I still had to figure out how to operate the machine running the then current release.

    Please mark this thread Solved - thanks.

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  2.    22 Jun 2015 #12

    Russ Quixote said: View Post
    Here's your OA
    The lack of a solution led to my "obnoxious" response. I quoted you to show the apparent lack of the answer you took credit for. The links were from Godmode pre-10130. The links are NOT in Godmode 10130 and can't be recreated.

    Pull out your XP manuals, WIN+M minimized the Active (focus) window. Pass this on to Edwin who thinks [WIN]+D answers my [WIN]+M observation.
    I'm sorry, but my original response was exactly correct. Just because you didn't bother to read the dialog that opens isn't my fault. I'm sorry if I gave you credit for being able to read the obvious text on the screen that said exactly what you were looking for.

    Your original question said your links "no longer work", which indicates that the links are there, but broken. My assumption was that your Godmode wasn't working at all, which is why I said you might have to recreate the link to the Godmode function. If you meant that the links are gone specifically for this function, I wouldn't have said anything about it, because the function as it used to be is gone.

    Regardless, as you can see from this Windows 8 and 8.1 shortcut key guide, Win+M "Minimizes all windows". This is not something new to Windows 10.

    Even Vista, Win + M minimized all windows.

    Win+D and Win+M seem to do the same thing, but they have slightly different connotations. Win+M Minimizes all Windows. Win+D shows the desktop. Effectively, they do the same thing, with the exception that using Win+D a second time restores all your windows, while Win+M does not. Win + Shift +M wil unminimize the minimized windows though, so they are effectively the same if you use the Win + Shift + M.


    Even this Knowledgebase article says that Win + M minimizes all windows in XP.
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  3.    25 Jun 2015 #13

    To be honest Godmode is not exactly a needed feature... Godmode is simply a folder with links to all of the different control panes and such, which Microsoft is actively rebuilding in Windows 10. Search is pretty fast. It's not really a requirement to have a deep and detailed knowledge of one precise aspect of the OS, but preferably knowledge of the general operation and intention of the OS and it's layout in order to more easily locate and understand a component that is your current focus.
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