Taskbar Flashing

Michael Secord gizmokid2005 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 22:35:19 EDT 2009

I was going to ask if this was an issue.  Yes, new mail notifications 
WILL cause that issue.  Though, at least for as long as I can remember, 
that will NEVER cause pidgin's Buddy List to actually open in the 
background.  IE - If I have pidgin minimized to tray, that is, no buddy 
list window actually open, it won't open and flash in the task bar.  
ONLY if the buddy list is already open will I see that behavior.


Kelly Brownsberger wrote:
> I think I might have figured it out - is this it's way of telling me I 
> have new mail?  Disabling mail notifications *seems* to have stopped 
> this flashing behavior 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 23, 2009, at 10:10 AM, Kelly Brownsberger 
> <kelly.brownsberger at gmail.com <mailto:kelly.brownsberger at gmail.com>> 
> wrote:
>> yes, it's the buddy list and I do have it minimized to the system 
>> tray.  it will randomly reappear and start flashing in the task bar 
>> like this:  http://kellybrownsberger.com/pidgin_likes_to_flash.jpg
>> in that screenshot, my friend happened to ping me a few seconds 
>> before Pidgin started flashing, but I don't believe they're related.  
>> The buddy list likes to just appear from the system tray and start 
>> flashing.  It doesn't maximize itself or come into view - just 
>> appears in the taskbar and starts flashing.
>> Is this a feature I don't understand?  It seems to be trying to 
>> notify me of something, but I don't know what :)
>> On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 9:59 AM, David Balazic 
>> <David.Balazic at hermes-softlab.com 
>> <mailto:David.Balazic at hermes-softlab.com>> wrote:
>>     Aha. Which window is flashin?
>>     If it is the buddy list, then you can just close it (make sure
>>     you have set it to minimize to systray,
>>     I think this is the default).
>>     Regards,
>>     David
>>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>     *From:* Kelly Brownsberger [mailto:kelly.brownsberger at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:kelly.brownsberger at gmail.com>]
>>     *Sent:* 23. October 2009 16:39
>>     *To:* David Balazic
>>     *Cc:* support at pidgin.im <mailto:support at pidgin.im>
>>     *Subject:* Re: Taskbar Flashing
>>     I'm running 2.6.3
>>     By "In latest (v2.6.x) this can be set in menu Tools / Plugins :
>>     Message Notification" you mean I can UNCHECK "Message
>>     Notification".  I have ZERO plugins checked.  What I'm describing
>>     doesn't appear to be a notification.  It's just a weird flashing
>>     that happen randomly throughout the day.
>>     I'll fire up Camtasia and take a video of it next time it happens
>>     and send it to you guys :)
>>     David Woolley explanation sounds accurate - this seems like a low
>>     level Windowing oddity more than a feature.
>>     On Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 9:19 AM, David Balazic
>>     <David.Balazic at hermes-softlab.com
>>     <mailto:David.Balazic at hermes-softlab.com>> wrote:
>>         Which version of Pidgin?
>>         In latest (v2.6.x) this can be set in menu Tools / Plugins :
>>         Message Notification
>>         Regards,
>>         David
>>             ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>             *From:* support-bounces at pidgin.im
>>             <mailto:support-bounces at pidgin.im>
>>             [mailto:support-bounces at pidgin.im
>>             <mailto:support-bounces at pidgin.im>] *On Behalf Of *Kelly
>>             Brownsberger
>>             *Sent:* Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:18 PM
>>             *To:* support at pidgin.im <mailto:support at pidgin.im>
>>             *Subject:* Taskbar Flashing
>>             I'm running Pidgin on Windows (XP) - is there a
>>             setting/preference to instruct Pidgin to not flash in the
>>             Windows taskbar while running?  I'm not really sure why
>>             it's flashing exactly, but I'm guessing it's notifying me
>>             that one or more buddies just came online.  That's not
>>             really useful to me and because I'm using Pidgin to
>>             consolidate four different IM networks together, my buddy
>>             list is quite large.  So, Pidgin is pretty much flashing
>>             constantly all day.
>>             Pidgin is definitely a keeper if I can figure out how to
>>             make it stop flashing, but nothing is jumping out at me
>>             from scanning the menu options
>>             Any tips would be appreciated
>>             Thanks -kelly
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