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Offline bromberg

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where is the WinPatrol icon
« on: January 01, 2016, 04:59:53 AM »
Sometimes the Task Manager shows that WinPatrol has started and is running but I do not see the (Scotty) icon to access it.
How can I get the icon to appear in my Taskbar?

Thanks (and happy 2016!),

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Re: where is the WinPatrol icon
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2016, 02:18:24 PM »
In WinPatrol Options tab, make sure that "Hide Scotty System Tray Icon" is not checkmarked.

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Re: where is the WinPatrol icon
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2016, 02:25:03 PM »
What version of Windows are you running?

In Win 7, I have Scotty set to only show notifications. If I click the up arrow at the end of the tray icons and click on Customize, I can change this to Show icon and notifications.

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Re: where is the WinPatrol icon
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 05:56:33 PM »
Hi Dan,

Good question.

I see that Gopher John already mentioned the program setting for the Tray Icon. That is the first place to look.

One thing to remember is Microsoft takes the liberty to remove icons from the tray and move them to the "overflow" icon area at their own discretion. You can access this from an up arrow looking icon just left of all visible icons. Scotty can end up in there.

If Scotty is nowhere to be found, then you need to do the following:
  • Open on the Options page.
  • Click the "Repair and Reset Tools..." button, located lower left.
  • Check the 3rd box from the bottom, "Check here if you have multiple or not Scotty icon in the System Tray."
  • Click Apply.
  • If you are prompted about changing this setting for "All Users", please select that option.
  • Chick Apply again

That's it. The tray icon should be fixed.

Making those icons "sticky" depends on the operating system you're running and believe it or not, Windows 10 actually behaves the best from what I've seen so far in actually doing what it is told when it comes to leaving the tray icons alone.

What I did on my Windows 7 computer (because Win 7 seemingly has a mind of it's own when it comes to the tray icons) was change the tray to always show ALL icons. Much like it did when the tray was first invented.
I do use a large, wide-screen monitor so there is plenty of space in the task bar for all of the icons.

If you right-click on the taskbar and select Properties it will open a dialog.
  • In that dialog, select "Customize..." for the Notification area.
  • For Windows 10, you need to click on "Select which icons to appear on the taskbar", located top right of the dialog that opened to open the edit dialog.
  • Select the top button, "Always show all icons in the notification area."
  • That's it.
  • For Windows 8... I apologize, but I accidentally upgraded my Windows 8 test computer to Windows 10 and am in the process of restoring it. So I don't have a write-up for that one at the moment, although I'll wager it is similar to Windows 10.
  • For Windows 7, when you click the Customize button a large dialog opens.
  • Located lower left is a checkbox, "Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar". Check that if you want them always visible.
  • Click OK to exit and you're done.

I hope this helps,