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I am working on an alert program to tell people when they're running out of account storage space. It will show a tray icon with the percentage of storage used, and will flash/animate when account storage is getting very full.

However after the first run of the program for testing, Windows 7 moves the icon to the "inactive/hidden" icon list that is not continuously visible in the tray. This occurs even when the tray icon is being animated using "TraySetIcon(@ScriptFullPath,-$IconNumber)".

  • How can the program tell Windows 7 to not hide this particular taskbar icon by default?
  • Is there a way to override hiding of this icon for the logged-on user, via the HKCU registry?
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To make icons show all the time:

RegWrite("HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer", "EnableAutoTray", "REG_DWORD", "0")

Change to 1 to hide them.

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If you want to get the users attention personally I would use a 'Toast Popup' instead of flashing the trayicon, but often than not when I see the trayicon flashing I just think the program is stuck and close it.

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