F.lux not showing in lower right hand tray

  • I have to reinstall every evening. It used to work perfectly -- until i was having an issue with Windows Explorer and Geek Squad did something when they repaired it. Now I can't get f.lux to remain installed.

  • @Healeygal Look in the task manager, under "processes" or if it's Windows 8+ then it's just the apps section. If it's listed, then it's running and there is a problem with Explorer, I'm sure there are utilities to refresh the service.
    Also, the first thing you should check is your installed programs to confirm this--it could be a lot of things hiding the icon.

    If you'd like to test Explorer's fault try this:

    • Hold Ctrl + Shift + Esc

    • This goes DIRECTLY to task manager every time

    • First look for f.lux would be best. If it's there, continue!

    • Find the Explorer process (don't have any folders open at this point)

    • End the explorer process

    • Go to "File > New Task (Run...)"

    • explorer.exe

    Let us know if you see the icon again, or if f.lux has truly quit. My first thought would be something like Deep Freeze, but that's expensive software, and I highly doubt that it's being wiped clean each reboot.

  • Thank you, I tried that, and the app is not running. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, to no avail.

  • @Healeygal Hmm, have a look in your start menu for the program and see if it is listed. This is a very strange problem.

  • The setup is there, but not the application.

  • @Healeygal Are you using Windows 8 or Windows 7?

    In the start menu / screen, you would see the f.lux icon, and one to uninstall it. That's what I see in Windows 7, but in 8, it's kind of just all over the place and makes things stupidly complicated, and I hate windows 8 because it's just bad without an organized start menu.

    Anyway, let's try this:

    Hold Windows Key + R, or open any folder copy and paste this

    shell:Local AppData

    into the top bar of the folder.
    It will go directly to the Local AppData folder without any changes!

    Then, go to Local > FluxSoftware > Flux, and list everything that's in the folder, it shouldn't be much.

    If there is flux.exe then it's still installed, but it's not working correctly, and it may take a while to figure out what the cause it.

  • There's an easier way to get there. Windows Key + Run and then go to %appdata%. You don't need to show all hidden files and folders for that. Once you go to %appdata%, you just navigate using the "breadcrumbs" in the address bar at the top. It's very easy.

  • @TwoCables Woah! That's cool, I'll update!

  • @Tungsten_smooth said:

    @TwoCables Woah! That's cool, I'll update!

    Exclamation points. Whew. I miss having your energy and enthusiasm.

    Anyway, yeah just %appdata% and then navigate to the different folders using the breadcrumbs. You can also put "%appdata%" right into the address bar itself. You can also go "%appdata%\foldername\folder name", but this won't work for f.lux because it's not in the same default %appdata% folder. You have to open %appdata% and then change the folder that you're in.

  • You don't even have to press Windows Key + R. You can just open any folder. It doesn't matter what folder you open, just as long as you have a Windows Explorer window open so that you can navigate to different folders using the address bar.

    So, if you have the Windows Explorer item pinned to the Taskbar, then you can just click that and then you can put "%appdata%" into the address bar and press Enter and then navigate from there.

  • @TwoCables I found this page which is quite cool.

  • The thing is, you have to be careful with keyboard shortcuts because some people have no clue how to press them, such as Windows Key + R. My parents have trouble understanding that they have to hold down the first key while they press the other key(s). So, you have to provide other ways to accomplish the same thing. Be user-friendly! Don't force a person to do things your way. ;)

    For example: "you can press this keyboard shortcut and then do this, or you can just do this". Like my example, you can press Windows Key + R and then type "%appdata%" and press Enter, or you can just open any Windows Explorer folder and then put "%appdata%" into the address bar and then press Enter. Give the different ways to accomplish the same thing in very easy-to-understand terminology so that the person can choose the easiest way for them.

    Edit: So for f.lux, you can do WinKey+R and then put in "shell:local appdata\FluxSoftware\Flux". Nice.

    I looked at the whole article, and I found some that I might be using in the future if I remember them! Thanks, Tim!

  • Hi, I have Windows 10. I did windows key + r, and typed Local AppData, and there is an .exe file, but it doesn't start automatically. And thanks everyone for all the comments and suggestions!

  • @Healeygal Awesome! That helps so much! So it is still installed but it's not starting correctly.

    Hmm right click and "send to desktop (shortcut)" the .exe file.

    Then you'll want to find the startup folder. I'm not sure where it is but there is one in the start menu that I want to try.

    To my knowledge you can't open the start menu and then drag a file from the desktop into it, as the menu will close.

    You'll have to find your "start menu folder" which is

    C:\users\Your User Name Here \ start menu\start up
    Is where I think it will be. If you need more detailed instructions I can do that a bit later or @TwoCables is really good at that stuff!

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