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Volume Control Moved To Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BGBG, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. BGBG

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    I adjusted the volume from lower right corner taskbar or toolbar where the clock is and it moved to a rectangular volume control box on the desktop. I cannot get it back. How did this happen and how can I get it back where it belongs? It doesn't respond to anything like moving it but it does adjust volume. Maybe if I shut it down now it will be back in place on restart. But I don't know what I did to move it. It is on top of windows.
     
  2. DSTM (Dougie)

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    The only way that volume Icon could move is if you dragged it from the Task Bar location.

    To Fix.

    Click on the up facing arrow near the clock.
    Choose "Customize"
    Find the Speaker Icon and reset to "Show Icon and Notifications" and Click "OK"
    Now your speaker icon will be back in your TaskBar as before.
     
  3. BGBG

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    Shut down and today start fixed it. But want to know how it happened. I think I did drag it off but did not understand why could not drag it back. Found the settings but since OK do not want to mess with them.
    SHould the Lock Taskbar box be checked normally?
     
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    A reboot would not fix it.
    I dragged it off the same as you did.
    I tested a reboot.
     
  5. allheart55 (Cindy E)

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    Yes, it should be checked, Bill.
     
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    I am afraid to drag it off again. But with mine the reboot did put it back. Didn't want to move it off again until I knew what I did and how to fix it.

    I thought it was checked before. I will put a check in the box again.

    I keep looking and do not see an upward facing arrow, a speaker icon or how to set it to 'show icon and notifications'.
    I have XP Home SP3 and tried taskbar properties.jpg taskbar properties.
    If I find the right thing I will try dragging it off again, rebooting, and resetting. Must figure this out.

    I just tried dragging it off again. Then I right clicked the speaker icon and it the volume control slider rectangle disappeared from desktop. At least I found a way to remove it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2017
  7. Tony D

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    On my XP SP-3 machine, if left-click and hold the mouse button down and drag the speaker icon from the Notification Area to the desktop, a window opens up showing the volume level.
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    From there I can adjust the sound level. If I click away from the volume level window and on the desktop, the volume window goes away.

    At no time does the speaker icon leave the Notification Area.

    Note: my taskbar is not locked.
     
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    Right, Tony....that is how it works. Don't know what I did the first time...just dragged it way up and it wouldn't respond.
    Why is taskbar locked anyway? Mine has always been locked and then when unlocked I wa not sure which way to set it.
     
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    I keep mine unlocked because I sometimes fiddle with it.

    For most users, I lock it to keep them out of trouble.
     
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    That is why I choose to keep mine locked. I know HOW to unlock it if I wish.
     

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