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Dear computer lady,

I too have received important help from your informative emails. Thanks so much.

I have a question about the little far right box on the status bar. It only gives time of day, day of week, and date. By hitting the little arrow head other programs appear for a very, very short time. Is there any way I can make them appear continually, or at least a longer time?

Milton

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Dear Milton,

Based on your description, you are using either Windows Xp or Vista. (Windows 7 has a much easier way to handle the icons in the notification area)

You can choose to have all the icons constantly displayed, or only certain ones displayed. Here is how:

Windows Vista

1. Right click on a blank spot on the taskbar.
2. In the context menu that appears, click on “Properties”
3. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click on the “Notification Area” tab.
4. If you want all the icons to show all of the time, just click to remove the check mark in front of, “Hide inactive icons”.
5. If you want to specify which icons will be visible, click on the “Customize” button.
6. You will see a list of icons that are in the notification area. To the right of each icon, you can click and select either “Hide when inactive”, “Hide” or “Show”.
7. When you are finished, click the “OK” button on both dialog boxes to save your changes and close them.

If you are using Windows XP, the directions are a little bit different:

1. Right click on a blank spot on the taskbar.
2. In the context menu that appears, click on “Properties”
3. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, click on the “Taskbar” tab.
4. If you want all the icons to show all of the time, just click to remove the check mark in front of, “Hide inactive icons”.
5. If you want to specify which icons will be visible, click on the “Customize” button.
6. You will see a list of icons that are in the notification area. To the right of each icon, you can click and select either “Hide when inactive”, “Always Hide” or “Always Show”.
7. When you are finished, click the “OK” button on both dialog boxes to save your changes and close them.

Elizabeth
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