Solved Windows Update changed my task bar settings?


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I'm very confused as to how this happened?
When I turned on my PC today, my custom start menu was changed to default (which I've fixed).
I've tried every method I could find as to how to restore my previous task bar settings, to no avail.
There are a number of icons in the tray next to the clock (lower right) that I can't remove. To most folks, this would not matter but to a sufferer of OCD, it bugs the "bejesus" out of me.
Please see the enclosed screen shot and help me to get rid of everything BUT the clock icon and the time/calendar
 

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I'm confused too because it looks like you're using W10 taskbar, so what tools are you using to modify your start menu and taskbar? It seems to me that your tweaking is the culprit, aside from what Windows update may have done to your setup.
 

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My "tweaking" "Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements" is how I fixed my start menu, which was also messed up. It's all those strange icons in the lower right that are driving me nuts. BTW, those icons were there as shown in my screen shot before and after I used classic shell. :)
 

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@HowdyDo

You can get rid of the ENG US thing by following this tutorial carefully:

As for the monitor screen and the speaker, the one indicates that you are connected to your router by Ethernet cable, not Wi-Fi, and the other indicates how high you've set your sound playback level. I'm not sure you can get rid of either of those.
 

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Thanks for your reply.
I believe that I've tried that method with no results?
See screen shot #2
 

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Looks as though you skipped a step. Start again and this time check Use the Language bar when it's available. then click the other things again. That's why I said "carefully" above.
 

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COOL! That worked perfectly! I misunderstood the step "use desktop language bar when available". Usually you uncheck the box when you want to delete something. lol
Now I just need to remove the "notifications bell icon" the sound icon and the network internet access icon.
Wish me luck that others can help like you have.
THANKS :)
 

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I wish you good luck with getting rid of the bell, the monitor, and the speaker. I don't think it can be done. They control your access to the Notification Center, your network and Internet settings, and your volume control, respectively.

That tray can only become so cluttered and still serve its purpose. Look at mine:

Clipboard 01.jpg
 

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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    LG E2442
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
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    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
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There was no network, sound or notifications icon when I left my PC yesterday. Today........ Big surprise!!
I did notice that "Windows Defender" was updated overnight. Very confusing.
Thanks for any help here.
 

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OK, all of my problems listed above have been solved. I installed a program called "Start All Back" worked like a charm.
Thanks for everyone's help! :)
 

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Glad you got it. In the future, please avoid posting in all bold text. Makes it look as though you’re screaming. Oh, and welcome to the forum.
 

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    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
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    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
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    Lenovo SFF
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    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
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    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
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    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
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    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
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    PC/Desktop
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    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
OK, thanks. :-)
 

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    Memory
    16.0 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 Asus 24"
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    1920x1080
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