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When I receive a new conversation I have it minimized so that it flashes 3 times then stays highlighted. Unfortunately after a while this taskbar button stops being highlighted.

Ive also noticed that when closing a browser (while still not clicking the minimized conversation) the taskbar button appears to not be highlighted anymore.

This is frustrating as Id prefer it to be highlighted until I have clicked it to inspect the new message. Its possible I could forget I have a new message apart for noticing the system tray.

Is there any way I can fix this?

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Other than via replacing your shell or OS? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 22 '10 at 18:25
haha yeah, nothing as drastic as that! Im using Windows Vista. – Ralph Jul 22 '10 at 18:46
Not a fix, but the tray icon will keep the new message symbol until you check it. – Emory Bell Jul 22 '10 at 19:08
@Emory Bell > Thanks this appears to be the only notification thats permanent until you view the message with pidgin. – Ralph Jul 22 '10 at 20:07
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In Windows XP you can use the TweakUI tool to change the default behavior of the flashing. You can modify the registry manually, or seek out a tweaking tool to do this for you.

Run Regedit

Go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop

Look for the "ForegroundFlashCount", double click it and change to 0. See my screen shot below.

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I realize you want to keep the button highlighted and not flashing, but there aren't any options that I know of that do that. Also be aware that this change is "system wide" for your user and not specific to Pidgin.

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Thanks steve.lippert , seems this is the only option that can solve this! I will look into it. – Ralph Jul 22 '10 at 20:07

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