How can I show the Volume control icon in the systray on the taskbar?

Question

Dear Sir:

When I recently reformatted my harddrive and installed Win 95 again. This installation does not include the volume speaker in the systray.

• How can I put a speaker in my systray?

• What can I read to learn how to manipulate the systray?

Answer

This question was answered on May 26, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When installing the Windows 95 operating system there are many options you can select to customize your installation Unfortunately, many of them are hidden or buried inside buttons Sometimes they are as simple as checking a check box When you first purchase a computer, these have been preset by the manufacturer for you In the case of re-installing Windows 95, you are the person who must make any special selections to customize the new installation Fortunaltely you can modify most on them after you have installed your software.

To allow your speaker icon to be visible in the systray is very simple.

Select the Start button It is located in the lower left hand corner of your screen on the taskbar (assuming you haven't moved your taskbar to another location on the desktop)

Select Settings from the pop up menu, then select Control Panel by clicking on Control Panel with the mouse A window with the title Control Panel will open Double click on the icon labeled Multimedia (it looks like a piece of photographic film above some musical notes) A window titled Multimedia Properties will open Select the tab labeld Audio, if it is not currently visible Find the check box labeled "Show volume control in the taskbar" and click in the box A check mark should now be visible Click on the OK button at the bottom of the Multimedia Properties window Now the next time you start your computer you will see the Speaker icon in your systray on the taskbar.

Please note that the exact wording or location of the check box may vary, depending on the brand of sound card that is installed inside your computer This is because the manufacturer of the sound card creates the multimedia software that communicates with the Windows 95 OS that controls your computer While this software follows the guidelines of Microsoft, there can be variations.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on May 26, 1999