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NotifyIcon Sample 

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This sample demonstrates how to create a program that displays an icon in the status notification area of the taskbar.

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This sample code is provided to illustrate a concept and should not be used in applications or Web sites, as it may not illustrate the safest coding practices. Microsoft assumes no liability for incidental or consequential damages should the sample code be used for purposes other than as intended.

To open the sample file in Solution Explorer

  1. Click Download Sample.

    The File Download message box appears.

  2. Click Open, and on the left column of the zip folder window, click Extract all files.

    The Extraction Wizard opens.

  3. Click Next. You can change the directory that the files will be extracted to, and then click Next again.

  4. Make sure that the Show extracted files check box is selected, and click Finish.

  5. Double-click the sample's .sln file.

    The sample solution is displayed in Solution Explorer. You might get a security warning that says the solution location is not trusted. Click OK to continue.

To run this sample

  • Press F5.


This application uses the NotifyIcon control and its associated ContextMenu to access and display system data:

  • The length of time, in minutes, the user's computer has gone since its last reboot

  • The current time zone of the user

  • The current date

  • The version of the .NET Framework that is installed on the user's computer

  • The current version of the operating system that the user is running the application on

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