Notification area inconsistencies Solved


  1. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Professional x64
       #1

    Notification area inconsistencies


    Hello:

    My Notification area shows four application icons, and there is no problems with them.

    When I click the ^ icon, I see 13 icons, all of which I have identified. No problem there either.

    Then, I right-click on the task bar, and click Taskbar Settings > Taskbar > [Notification area] Select which icons appear on the taskbar, and there, I see two problems among the 28 icons appearing:

    1. When clicking the ^ icon (see above), four of the 13 icons are these:

    • Hard Disk Sentinel Engine – Disk: #0
    • Hard Disk Sentinel Engine – Disk: #1
    • Hard Disk Sentinel Engine – Disk: #2
    • Hard Disk Sentinel Engine – Disk: #3

    However, in [Notification area] Select which icons appear on the taskbar, "Hard Disk Sentinel Engine – Disk: #2
    " is absent.

    Would you know a probably explanation to this?


    2. In [Notification area] Select which icons appear on the taskbar, one of my application icons (not among the 13) occurs five times (exactly the same text; not different version of the like).

    While this might be an application problem, I would appreciate your take on it before I ask the developer.

    -----------------

    Thank you in advance.

    Hans L

    PS. I have never been able to find the Notification area in the registry or elsewhere. Are they available, or are they included in software and thus unavailable?
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  2.    #2

    PS. I have never been able to find the Notification area in the registry or elsewhere. Are they available, or are they included in software and thus unavailable?
    Hi, for these settings (e.g.)
    Click image for larger version. 

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    you could try using Regshot (free) to
    - capture Shot1 before changing one - wait..
    - capture Shot2 after changing one - wait..
    - compare to get an html page in your browser showing registry changes.
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  3. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Okay, Dalchina, I will try it and see what happens with Hard Disk 2.

    Thanks/Hans L

    - - - Updated - - -

    Dalchina, don't know if I missed it, or if it became visible after a number of 'clicks', but Disk 2 now shows up in [Notification area] Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

    Don't think I missed it, because I also noticed that it was missing a week ago, when I looked at this the first time.

    As for RegShot, it works, but it shows different number of keys etc. every time I click Shot.

    Well, it showed 10 changes after I put Disk 2 into the Notification area, but some of the changes had so much data in them, that it was impossible to see what changed (no color indication, for instance, of differences).

    I have asked the developer about the four occurrences of the same data.

    Now, a remaining question is, who decides which 13 icons of the total of 28 that should appear when you click the ^ icon, and what is the rationale?

    Hans L
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  4.    #4

    Unfortunately there's no guarantee the way Windows stores data in the registry is immediately accessible to humans, of course..

    Now, a remaining question is, who decides which 13 icons of the total of 28 that should appear when you click the ^ icon, and what is the rationale?
    You have control as per my screenshot previously. If there's a mismatch between potentially available ones in Settings and those you see in the tray, that's another matter- bad programming perhaps?

    Also note you can drag 'n drop icons from the tray notification area into the ^ popup icon box and v. versa.

    This may be of interest in passing (not covered by a tutorial here I can find):
    Clear System Tray Cache In Windows, Fix Corrupted Tray Icons
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  5. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    This may be of interest in passing (not covered by a tutorial here I can find):
    Clear System Tray Cache In Windows, Fix Corrupted Tray Icons
    I ran the .bat file, and now, I have the same number of icons in the box that opens when I click ^ icon and in [Notification area] Select which icons appear on the taskbar.

    Thank you very much!

    Hans L
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    Posts : 41,132
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #6

    Just FYI..... this is the tutorial here on Tenforums that resets the notification area icon cache.

    Reset Notification Area Icons in Windows 10 | Tutorials

    Contents of the batch file:

    Code:
    :: Created by: Shawn Brink
    :: https://www.tenforums.com
    :: Tutorial: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5662-notification-area-icons-reset-windows-10-a.html
    
    
    @echo off
    
    set regPath=HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify
    set regKey1=IconStreams
    set regKey2=PastIconsStream
    
    
    echo.
    echo The Explorer process must be temporarily killed before deleting your notification area icons cache. 
    echo.
    echo Please SAVE ALL OPEN WORK before continuing.
    echo.
    pause
    
    
    echo.
    taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
    echo.
    FOR /F "tokens=*" %%a in ('Reg Query "%regpath%" /v %regkey1% ^| find /i "%regkey1%"') do goto IconStreams
    echo Registry key "IconStreams" already deleted.
    echo.
    
    :verify-PastIconsStream
    FOR /F "tokens=*" %%a in ('Reg Query "%regpath%" /v %regkey2% ^| find /i "%regkey2%"') do goto PastIconsStream
    echo Registry key "PastIconsStream" already deleted.
    echo.
    goto restart
    
    :IconStreams
    reg delete "%regpath%" /f /v "%regkey1%"
    goto verify-PastIconsStream
    
    :PastIconsStream
    reg delete "%regpath%" /f /v "%regkey2%"
    
    
    :restart
    echo.
    echo.
    echo You will need to restart the PC to finish resetting your notification area icons.
    echo.
    CHOICE /C:YN /M "Do you want to restart the PC now?"
    IF ERRORLEVEL 2 goto no
    IF ERRORLEVEL 1 goto yes
    
    
    :no
    echo.
    echo.
    echo Restarting explorer.... 
    echo.
    echo Please remember to restart the PC later to finish resetting your notification area icons.
    echo.
    start explorer.exe
    pause
    exit /B
    
    :yes
    shutdown /r /f /t 00
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  7. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Tomcat, thanks. I did run the .bat file, but you probably did not seem my post before you posted.

    Everything now works as expected.

    Regards,

    Hans L
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  9. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 41,132
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #9

    Hans L said: View Post
    Tomcat, thanks. I did run the .bat file, but you probably did not seem my post before you posted.

    Everything now works as expected.

    Regards,

    Hans L
    Yes, I did see it. It was mentioned it was not found here on Tenforums, so I only supplied the link for it. Glad it all worked for you.
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  10. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Aha, Tomcat, understood.

    Thanks again,

    Hans L
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