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Desktop icon "list arrow" missing from taskbar

Q: Desktop icon "list arrow" missing from taskbar

Unil this morning i could click on a little "up" arrow on the right side (not extreme right) of my taskbar to display a pop up list of my desktop icons. I could then click on the 1 i wanted. it was very convenient because i didn't have to close all my windows to see the icons. The arrow suddenly disappeared & everything became different & i don't know why. How do I get it back?

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HERE's MY HIJACK LOG: If anyone can check to see if somethings weird please do... THANKS
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:15:55 PM, on 5/6/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\ekrn.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Arcade\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LaunchAp.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\PowerKey.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\HotkeyApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\OSDCtrl.exe
C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\Wbutton.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\eRecovery\Monitor.exe
C:\Program Files\ESET\ESET Smart Security\egui.exe
C:\Program Files\Nawras Internet-E220\Nawras Internet-E220\Mobile Connect.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\Ad-Watch2007.exe
C:\Program Files\Cyberlink\Shared Files\brs.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\Shared Files\RichVideo.exe
C:\Program Files\CyberLink\PowerDVD\PDVDServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\Ad-Aware2007.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext =
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [preload] C:\Windows\RUNXMLPL.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IgfxTray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HotKeysCmds] C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [EPM-DM] c:\acer\epm\epm-dm.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ePowerManagement] C:\Acer\ePM\ePM.exe boot
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [IMJPMIG8.1] "C:\WINDOWS\IME\imjp8_1\IMJPMIG.EXE" /Spoil /RemAdvDef /Migration32
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [MSPY2002] C:\WINDOWS\system32\IME\PINTLGNT\ImScInst.exe /SYNC
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCMService] "C:\Program Files\Arcade\PCMService.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LaunchAp] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\LaunchAp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PowerKey] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\PowerKey.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LManager] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\HotkeyApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CtrlVol] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\CtrlVol.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LMgrOSD] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\OSDCtrl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Wbutton] "C:\Program Files\Launch Manager\Wbutton.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [eRecoveryService] C:\Program Files\Acer\eRecovery\Monitor.exe
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I've tried following these instructions:

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2. On the Taskbar tab, click Customize.

3. Select Safely remove hardware, and in the Behavior column, click Always hide.

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I've gone into the taskbar properties and tried to do it that way, but it wants to hide all inactive icons, which is not what I want to do.

Any suggestions?


A:"Safely Remove Hardware" Taskbar Icon

Hi Frank,

For each system tray icon that you want to see, you also have to select the "Always Show" behavior - which is what I see posted at:

-- Tom
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WinXP (SP2)...

This may seem trivial to others, but:

I have several icons on the right side of my tray. I right-clicked on the taskbar and clicked "Properties". "Hide inactive icons" is checked. I clicked "Customize" and set certain icons to "Always show", "Always hide", or "Hide when inactive". In particular, I set the APC PowerChute icon to "Always hide". However, each time I re-boot the computer, it ALWAYS defaults to "Always show" and keeps showing in the tray. The other icons keep their settings.

Is there a registry setting where I can change that behaviour to "Always hide"?
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A:how to change wmp "pinned" taskbar icon ?

Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah

ok . ive done a search but couldnt find a specific soloution. im trying to change the wmp icon that i have pinned to my taskbar. i guesse i have to change the icon in wmp prog file but i cant figure out which it is i have to delete or change to icon i want ,i know it can be done (somehow) as i spotted it in a screenie here on 7f a while ago. ty

1.Get the WMP icon in your desktop. (start > all programs > right click on wmp icon in programs list > send to > desktop.)

2. Right click on it > properties >change icon > browse (to the icon you want)

3. Open wmp , now the icon is in taskbar. Right click > pin the program to taskbar

You are done.
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Apply the changes and it'll hide the White Windows flag icon in Taskbar notification area.

A:Get rid of that pesky "Get Windows 10" icon from taskbar

Originally Posted by Harrier

This is the easiest way to get rid of the icon. You can right-click on the date/time in Taskbar system tray and select "Customize notification icons" option. It'll open a new window. Now look for GWX (Get Windows 10) entry in the list and change its value to "Hide icon and notifications" using the drop-down box.

Apply the changes and it'll hide the White Windows flag icon in Taskbar notification area.

If you want to get rid of It you need to uninstall update KB3035583 as that is the main part of the GWX Upgrade process. You may hide the notification for a while but the application is still running and the notification will return. There are other ways to disable the function through Task Scheduler but uninstalling KB3035583 takes care of most everything. It also depends on what your intentions are re: upgrading to W10. If you don't want W10 right away then you should get rid of it and if you have a reservation in you won't have much wriggle room when your number is up.
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I'd appreciate it.

A:Red "x" over the internet access icon in taskbar

Hi Millie0513,

I'm guessing your laptop has a Wireless and a Wired network card (who hasn't these days? :)) Anywho, it might be showing that one of your network cards is not connected to anything, thus giving a misleading image of the Network view.

Are you able to connect to a network if you click it?

Could you please do the following:
Go to Start > Search.
Type "cmd" without the quotes > Hit ENTER.
Type in "ipconfig /all > c:\ipconfig.txt" > Hit ENTER.

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Any ideas?

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A:Missing icons in "recently opened programs" list

Hello Cixoos, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if changing the icon for it to the default icon again a couple of times will allow it to display again.

Shortcut Folder or File Icon Change

You might also rebuild the icon cache to see if it can reset it to.

Hope this helps,
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A:Some desktop icons and in start list changed into "e"s (internet explorer).

Hi, and welcome to TSF.

I'm guessing you're a fairly new computer/internet user, otherwise you would know that posting everything in CAPITAL LETTERS is considered shouting. It is also extremely difficult to read.

For that reason, I haven't even tried to read it, I'll wait for the edited version.
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After removing some malware that prevented access to the internet, I found that all my desktop shortcut icons are now overlaid with that "no icon" icon.
If I drag a new shortcut icon off windows explorer, as soon as I release the mouse drag - that "no icon" icon immediately over lays the original icon.
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I created a new user, and upon logging that user on, all IT'S desktop shortcut icons are also over laid.

What to do?

Bob K.

A:Desktop ICONS being overlaind with "no icon" icon

Download and Run malwarebytes the long scan. Upadate before scanning
If you used another scan, use malwarebytes

Then try this
Icon Cache - Rebuild
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A:Arrange desktop icons in "list view"

There is not a built-in way to do it. There may be third-party apps out there that do what you want.
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A:I REALLY miss "Desktop List View." Any stand-ins?

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Doesn't really have a name or a reputation but, something to try out after a virus scan:

D-Color XP (Works in 7)
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A:Taskbar "start menu" customization tab missing

Not there for me either. I don't remember it ever being there:
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A:Missing the right click on desktop to "Add a "NEW" folder

Before going any further, you might try to perform a

system restore and restore the system to a point where the issue does not appear.
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TechNet Community Support
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first i would like to show the operating system of my laptop.

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hope to hear from you soon. thank you.

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blazingdrake, Go to the link below and download the "Drive Association Fix". Instructions are on the page.

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A:Win XP (dual) "secondary monitor icon" missing from Settings tab

You cannot use DVI & analog output at the same time with a NVIDIA FX GeForce 5200
I know it says you can but, you cannot

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A:Missing "Make new Folder" icon in Vista explorer

Hi BeWo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you mean when you right click and click on New that there is no Folder option, then this tutorial will show you how to restore it.

New Folder

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I have a slight problem. I recently did updates for my Vista laptop and when it restarted, I found that my Wireless Connection icon was missing from my toolbar. I right clicked, went to Properties, Notification Area and looked for the place where you can check the boxes. The only one that allows me to check is Clock. Volume, Network and Power are all grayed out. I cannot check them.

I have uninstalled the updates that were done to my computer and restared, but the boxes stay the same. Anyone have an idea as to how I can get them back?


A:"Wireless Connection" icon missing in Vista

Please do this first.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows Vista.

Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

Reboot the machine.

Next, hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?

Finally, let's see this as well.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
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Is there any way other than doing a system restore, to capture the bugger? Does it have an official name with which to search for it?

Where on my laptop might I look for this stray? Do I really NEED it?

If it's an important component, is there a website from which I can download a new one?

And, finally, THANK YOU for your thoughtful replies!

A:Missing the " Safely Remove Hardware (USB) icon"

This icon normally appears when you plug in a removable device that gets a Windows drive letter assigned (e.g. external USB drive, camera or portable music player that connects in MSC mode so that it gets a drive letter or two, external card reader with an SD card installed, etc.).

Its purpose is so that you can left or right click on it, and select the particular device you'd now like to pull the USB cable for. You need to first "safely remove hardware" because almost all of these removable devices make use of "write cache" for performance reasons, which retains data in PC memory buffers possibly still not yet flushed out to the device to reflect your final I/O operations. That's exactly what the "safely remove hardware" function does, namely flush out all of those buffers, possibly power down that USB port, and then disconnect the device so that you can pull the connecting cable out of the PC without the possibilty of losing any data or corrupting the file system on the device.

If you don't have any such removable devices currently plugged in, I wouldn't think you'd expect to see that "safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray.

Now if you do have an external USB drive currently plugged in and you're still not seeing that icon, well now something's definitely not right. I assume you've probably re-booted at least once in your attempt to sort this all out, but of course this goes without saying.

Do you have "hidden" system tray icons in your customization, so that you can only see them if you click on the small up-arrow at the right end of the task bar to display all of these "hidden" icons? If so, have you looked there for the "safely remove hardware" icon assuming you really should be expecting to see it somewhere?

NOTE: removable devices that connect in MTP mode (as opposed to MSC mode) do NOT get a Windows drive letter assigned, and thus don't trigger the "safely remove hardware" icon because they're managed differently as far as their data buffers and are thus not susceptible to the possible loss-of-data occurring when the connection cable is just pulled out. Hence no need to first "safely remove hardware" before disconnection. Certain cameras and portable music players can connect in this MTP mode, sometimes called PTP.
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The problem is only htm and html file icons in Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions appreciated.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A:"Internet Explorer icon" = "white paper icon"

try the fixes suggested here: Incorrect or generic Windows icon displayed for HTM and HTML files

Please update your OS details as it currently shows as "XPPro":
Top of forum page > Quick Links >> Edit Your Details

If you post for help in future and forget to include your Windows version in your post, we assume it's the version shown under your username, so keeping it up to date is important to avoid giving you irrelevant advice.
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A:"Click to find and fix errors" icon on desktop + malware+HijackThis Log

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A:[SOLVED] "Open With" screen opens when I click on a desktop shortcut icon????

I had this aswell, my file association list was messed up and so i ended up having the hardest time of my life, the simple answer to this is a file association changing reg.edit file which i ll start work on for you unless some1 else can get it done faster
so dont worry also it may be possible that most of your program's standard openers have been forgotten so next time it says open with then you should choose browse, or set the real program as default
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I think it is something from Toshiba. Toshiba Bulletin Board.
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Start with Safe Mode and Delete it,if the problem persist please upload an screen shot of msconfig here.
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A:"Add Printer" icon missing


Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0 | 1 0

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Value Meaning
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1 The policy is enabled. The Add Printer option does not appear.
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A:"MY COMPUTER" desktop Icon

Erm as to fixing the Problem Try, Going Start, right click My Computer and 'Show on Desktop' should be Ticked, if it is then un tick and re tick. If not Tick it

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A:Change the "Desktop" icon itself

Hello and welcome, Kedia

Some third party apps do have easier ways to change that icons ... here is two examples of TuneUp Styler and IconPackager
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If it troubles, let us know !
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Hi wdisneymom

Is the Quick Launch Toolbar missing also?

Right click on the Taskbar
Toolbars > Quick Launch
Should bring back the Show Desktop Icon.

If the Show Desktop Icon is missing from the Quick Launch Toolbar, you can download this zip file:
Restore Missing Show Desktop Icon to Quick Launch

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Scroll to Line 61:
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