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System tray rant

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Aardvajk

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I have a new mouse, as stated previously, and it has got me wondering about this modern obsession with the system tray.

The mouse works perfectly well, including its extra buttons, without the bundled software running and yet for some reason, I now have an icon in the system tray that I can click in order to program what the extra buttons do.

Why on earth does this need to be constantly running in the background? I can think of no reason whatsoever other than that someone somewhere in the design process thought it would look clever or something.

I'm going to uninstall the software. I'm certain the mouse will still work but in the unlikely event that I wanted to change what my extra buttons do, I'd have to reinstall it I guess.

Madness.
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Heh I hate icons filling up the task bar :)
And I wonder how did you manage to live without an optical mouse till this day.
I don't even remember the days without them.

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Maybe it hooks the mouse messages to do your button customizations? I'm guessing that if you remove the application, your buttons will just do the standard windows mouse-button thing. No "open outlook when I click this button" customizations.

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Maybe it hooks the mouse messages to do your button customizations? I'm guessing that if you remove the application, your buttons will just do the standard windows mouse-button thing. No "open outlook when I click this button" customizations.


Actually yeah, that makes sense.

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Unfortunately this isn't a sign of modern times, it pretty much started since the first apps were released for Windows 95. Pretty much every program had a system tray icon and back then with 640x480 and 800x600 being quite common they were a real menance too taking up masses of space on your task bar.

Most programs that stick an icon down there don't live for very long on my system. The only time I really want something there is a service that I want to interact with (not just for configuration). My most hated one is Quick Time that constantly adds itself to the startup scripts and sticks the annoying icon down there, although I've moved to alternatives now that are much better anyway.

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I bet some clever person has built a wrapper to stop them getting in the systray?

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