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Icons in the Notification Area May Disappear If You Use High-Contrast Color Themes in Windows XP

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This article was previously published under Q321213
SYMPTOMS
If you are using the Windows Classic theme in Windows XP, the icons in the notification area on the right side of the taskbar may disappear when you select a High Contrast scheme in the Color Schemes box on the Appearance tab.
RESOLUTION
To work around this problem, right-click a blank area of the taskbar, and then click Lock the Taskbar. Or, change the size of the taskbar, and then restore it.
STATUS
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
MORE INFORMATION
For additional information about configuring desktop themes in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307855 HOW TO: Configure Desktop Themes in Windows XP
For additional information about moving or resizing the taskbar in Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
279774 Cannot Move or Resize the Taskbar or Any Toolbars on the Taskbar
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Article ID: 321213 - Last Review: 04/25/2002 09:03:00 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • kbenv kbprb kbui KB321213
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