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Author Topic: Tray balloon messages cause taskbar to unhide?  (Read 5397 times)


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Tray balloon messages cause taskbar to unhide?
« on: July 03, 2006, 05:12 AM »
I have the Windows Taskbar set to auto-hide and keep on top of other windows when it does appear.

A few days ago (I installed Process Tamer on June 26) the taskbar started appearing at random intervals (every few seconds/few minutes). It would sieze focus and the usual method (click elsewhere on the screen) would not cause the taskbar to hide. After a while, it would hide itself - until it popped itself back up again. Very inconvenient and annoying.

I didn't immediately make the connection between Process Tamer and this new taskbar behaviour. Then I noticed PT was set to Show System Tray Balloon Messages on all 3 events listed on the Configuration page.

I turned off Show Messages for all events yesterday, and the taskbar has reverted to its normal behaviour since then. So I figure that PT's Show Messages was causing the odd taskbar behaviour.

Note that balloon messages for tray items are currently appearing behind the taskbar - a known Windows bug - and I wonder if this is a necessary condition for PT messages to cause the taskbar misbehaviour?

I don't see any other reports about this oddity in the forums, thought you might like to know about it.




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Re: Tray balloon messages cause taskbar to unhide?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2006, 05:17 AM »
hi Polwhele, and welcome to the site!

i've not heard of that behavior before but it makes some sense.. maybe i will add a note in process tamer about this issue.  i was thinking at some point of providing an alternate way of displaying messages (like overlay text on the screen) instead of system tray balloon messages.. maybe this is yet one more reason to try to do this.