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Printer icon in SysTray always shows?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by yuppicide, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. yuppicide

    yuppicide Flightless Bird

    Not sure what happened, but the printer icon always shows in the SysTray.

    I have "Hide when inactive", but it doesn't hide. I can say "Always hide"
    but it's still there when I click that little arrow to open the SysTray. It
    used to never show at all unless printing.

    Also when I go into where I set the options and look under "Past Items"
    theres a lot of entries in there for items I no longer even have installed
    on my computer. Is there a way to get those not to show in there?
     
  2. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "yuppicide" <yuppicide138@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:-OupxGSp1KHA.3868@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    > Not sure what happened, but the printer icon always shows in the SysTray.
    > I have "Hide when inactive", but it doesn't hide. I can say "Always hide"
    > but it's still there when I click that little arrow to open the SysTray.

    It
    > used to never show at all unless printing.


    1: Quick Check: inspect MSCONFIG (last panel) to see
    whether any of the ticked startup items looks like a printer
    monitor app. (Various brands have various types of monitor.)

    2. Slow Checks (because Detailed:)
    2a: in /Computer Admin . . . / Services
    look for a nonessential printer service you can turn off.
    2b: Ctl Alt Del to load Systems manager, then inspect what
    processes are loaded (viz. occupying memory space.)

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Apr 7, 4:54 pm, "yuppicide" <yuppicide...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > Not sure what happened, but the printer icon always shows in the SysTray.
    >
    > I have "Hide when inactive", but it doesn't hide. I can say "Always hide"
    > but it's still there when I click that little arrow to open the SysTray. It
    > used to never show at all unless printing.
    >
    > Also when I go into where I set the options and look under "Past Items"
    > theres a lot of entries in there for items I no longer even have installed
    > on my computer. Is there a way to get those not to show in there?


    If there is nothing to print, there should not be a printer icon
    displayed so it may be something else. Do you have anything stuck in
    your print queue? Open your printer and be sure it looks okay
    (empty).

    Hover the mouse over the icon for a pop up clue, or right click,
    Properties and be sure what it is first and report back if you cannot
    figure it out. Many things that install put a "helpful" icon in the
    Notification Area and some things can be configured not to do that.
    First make sure what it is, then decide what to do.

    To clean up those annoying Past Items in the Customize Notifications
    section, read and implement this article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

    I see there is a Fix it option on that page now... I have never tried
    the Fix it option before - I just do the registry edit.

    That may fix your other problem too - reboot after making changes and
    see what it looks like when you are all done.

    If you choose to fix it yourself via the registry and maybe learn a
    thing or two in the process, safety first.:

    Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this
    popular free tool:

    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
     
  4. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    On 4/7/2010 2:54 PM, yuppicide wrote:
    > Not sure what happened, but the printer icon always shows in the SysTray.
    >
    > I have "Hide when inactive", but it doesn't hide. I can say "Always hide"
    > but it's still there when I click that little arrow to open the SysTray. It
    > used to never show at all unless printing.
    >
    > Also when I go into where I set the options and look under "Past Items"
    > theres a lot of entries in there for items I no longer even have installed
    > on my computer. Is there a way to get those not to show in there?
    >
    >

    Does the printer have a card reader built into it? I have a HP 7700 and
    it has a card reader so that I can print directly from the card and it
    is always in the system tray even if I don't have a card in the printer.
    The card reader itself is simply grabbing a position on the system bus.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
     
  5. yuppicide

    yuppicide Flightless Bird

    I think that was the answer.

    Something earlier in the day was stuck in print queue by mistake. I got rid
    of it and rebooting must have solved the problem because it's not happening
    today.

    I didn't remember something stuck in queue until I just read this.. Thanks!

    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:41c57081-b0bb-46a2-b92c-d3e5efe784b4@z3g2000yqz.googlegroups.com...
    On Apr 7, 4:54 pm, "yuppicide" <yuppicide...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > Not sure what happened, but the printer icon always shows in the SysTray.
    >
    > I have "Hide when inactive", but it doesn't hide. I can say "Always hide"
    > but it's still there when I click that little arrow to open the SysTray.
    > It
    > used to never show at all unless printing.
    >
    > Also when I go into where I set the options and look under "Past Items"
    > theres a lot of entries in there for items I no longer even have installed
    > on my computer. Is there a way to get those not to show in there?


    If there is nothing to print, there should not be a printer icon
    displayed so it may be something else. Do you have anything stuck in
    your print queue? Open your printer and be sure it looks okay
    (empty).

    Hover the mouse over the icon for a pop up clue, or right click,
    Properties and be sure what it is first and report back if you cannot
    figure it out. Many things that install put a "helpful" icon in the
    Notification Area and some things can be configured not to do that.
    First make sure what it is, then decide what to do.

    To clean up those annoying Past Items in the Customize Notifications
    section, read and implement this article:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283084

    I see there is a Fix it option on that page now... I have never tried
    the Fix it option before - I just do the registry edit.

    That may fix your other problem too - reboot after making changes and
    see what it looks like when you are all done.

    If you choose to fix it yourself via the registry and maybe learn a
    thing or two in the process, safety first.:

    Before making any changes to your registry, back it up with this
    popular free tool:

    http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
     
  6. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Apr 9, 12:37 pm, "yuppicide" <yuppicide...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > I think that was the answer.
    >
    > Something earlier in the day was stuck in print queue by mistake. I got rid
    > of it and rebooting must have solved the problem because it's not happening
    > today.
    >
    > I didn't remember something stuck in queue until I just read this.. Thanks!
    >
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >


    Good.

    Did you clean up those old references to Past Items in the
    Notification Area using that KB?

    Here is a way to clean up any of those stuck print queue items when
    rebooting does not work:

    To empty the print queue, stop the Print Spooler service and remove
    all files from here:

    C:/windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS
     
  7. yuppicide

    yuppicide Flightless Bird

    Yes, thanks. Cleared up the past items too. The only thing I wouldn't
    recommend is running that fix while you're doing any work. I had some
    software running in the background, which was doing something, the fix
    cleaned up everything nicely, but it also closed the program I needed. Only
    took me a few minutes to recreate what I was working on, so it wasn't that
    bad.


    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:17c2c447-6382-470a-a076-e761e797c01c@r27g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
    On Apr 9, 12:37 pm, "yuppicide" <yuppicide...@optonline.net> wrote:
    > I think that was the answer.
    >
    > Something earlier in the day was stuck in print queue by mistake. I got
    > rid
    > of it and rebooting must have solved the problem because it's not
    > happening
    > today.
    >
    > I didn't remember something stuck in queue until I just read this..
    > Thanks!
    >
    > "Jose" <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >


    Good.

    Did you clean up those old references to Past Items in the
    Notification Area using that KB?

    Here is a way to clean up any of those stuck print queue items when
    rebooting does not work:

    To empty the print queue, stop the Print Spooler service and remove
    all files from here:

    C:/windows\system32\spool\PRINTERS
     

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