I use an Acer Aspire notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium. The small arrow
on the right side of the taskbar, used to select icons and notifications, has
disappeared. My computer is working okay, but I do like to have access to make
changes. I’d appreciate your assistance.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #75, I look at how to configure the taskbar area in Windows
Windows 7 taskbar notifications area
The thing to do in a case like this is to right-click in any of the empty areas near that area of the taskbar. That’s actually formally called the “Notification Area.” That’s where the little icons that might notify you of something all live.
There are a couple of different ways that Windows can manage that – but it actually is all under your control.
Controlling the taskbar area
If you right-click in an empty area near that one side or the other, you should get a pop-up menu that then includes a “Properties” item. Click on Properties and that will open up the dialog box that will let you configure:
Which icons should show,
Which icons should not show,
And whether or not all icons should show all the time.
In the latter case, if all icons are shown all the time, Windows believes that there’s no need for that little arrow that you’re talking about, because there’s nothing that it would do. It won’t show you any more icons that aren’t already there.
So, that’s the thing to do. Go in and configure the settings for that taskbar: the notification area on your taskbar. That way you should be able to get better control over exactly what’s showing in the notification area: when and how much.
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