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Toolbar thing. - June 7th 2009, 03:34 AM

Okay, so that toolbar on the bottom right, with the little icons? Like, with the time and so forth? It's full. Like way full. When I push the thing that expands it, it goes half way across the screen.

So multiple times I've decided to be a brilliant person and just right-click and exit. Which.. as I'm sure all of you knew way before me, can just kill programs that are in fact, in use. And I don't know what half of them are... or why they need to be open.

I've got, Quicktime, iTunes, Java, New Updates, MSN, Wireless thingy, Spybot, audio, launchbar, sidebar manager, along with like, tons others.

Can someone like.. help me get down to a reasonable number of these things? I have Vista if that helps at all.


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Re: Toolbar thing. - June 7th 2009, 06:31 PM

My Computer>C:>Documents and Settings

Here you'll see a folder for each of your users. For each one look in:

Start Menu>Programs>Startup

There you'll find the programs which are run at startup.

If you don't know whether you need them then just Google them to figure out what they are. If you don't know then generally you don't need them. Generally you only need the internet ones ("Wireless Netweork Connection" and one or many "Local Area Connection"), your anti-virus, Norton if you use it, that Removable Devices thing if it pops up, and anything to do with hardware (sound or graphics cards' drivers usually).

Also if you're sharing your computer check your family doesn't need some of them!

EDIT Oh wait I use XP so the directories may be different...
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Re: Toolbar thing. - June 8th 2009, 06:55 AM

Right click next to the time, choose "Properties," and under the "Notification Area" tab toggle the "Hide inactive icons" box to on. If it is on and that's not doing the job, click "Customize" and fiddle with the settings.

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Re: Toolbar thing. - June 8th 2009, 07:57 PM

Another was is via 'msconfig'
Just click on start and type in 'msconfig' in the field.
Click on the startup tab and go through the list and uncheck the things you don't need.
This will stop the things you don't need from showing up.

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