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TrayStatus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I install the Free version of TrayStatus?

TrayStatus uses the same installer for both the Free and the Pro version. If you don't enter a license key during the installation, you'll get an automatic 30-day trial of the Pro features.

After the 30-day trial is up, TrayStatus will automatically revert to the Free version. If you'd prefer to revert TrayStatus to the Free version before the end of the trial, please follow these steps:

  • Open the TrayStatus Settings window
  • Click the License Key tab
  • Click the "Change to Free Version"
  • Click Apply

After performing the steps above, TrayStatus will revert to the Free version, with the Pro features disabled. After reverting to the Free version, you'll no longer receive message box prompts to upgrade to the Pro version.

Can I transfer my license to a different computer?

A TrayStatus Pro license key can certainly be transferred to a different computer! The license key can be installed on a different computer if you have done one of the following on the old computer first:

  • Cleared the license key from the TrayStatus Settings > License Key tab and applied the settings (reverts TrayStatus to the Free version)
  • Completely uninstalled TrayStatus
  • Wiped or scrap the old computer

Resolving issues with Windows Performance Counters

If the Windows Performance Counters are corrupted, you may get an error that starts with "Cannot load Counter Name..." The following steps should fix this up.

  • Save and extract this ZIP file to somewhere on your computer: ResetPerfCounters.zip
  • Right-click ResetPerfCounters.bat and choose "Run as administrator"
  • Restart TrayStatus

Custom Icon Themes

To create a custom icon theme, take a look at a pre-installed icon theme in the TrayStatus installation folder, for example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\TrayStatus\Icons\Light Icons". Create a new folder in "%appdata%\TrayStatus\Icons" with your icon theme name, and put your new icons into that folder. Your icons will need the same names the pre-installed theme icons. For any help with this, please contact us.

Text Queries

Simple Searching

A string without quotes, brackets, or mustaches ({ and }) will be treated as a "Match Any Word" search if multiple words are specified. To search for an exact string, you can wrap the string in quotes and use the equality operator (see below).

Note: If you'd like to search for text that contains invalid characters (such as brackets or special characters), you'll need to wrap the string in quotes. For example, if you'd like to find part of a function in your source code files, enter the following (including the quotes) in the Query box:
   "MyFunction("

Advanced Searching

You can use +, OR and - operators to create more advanced search queries. Operators are not case-sensitive, but capitalizing them can improve the readability of your search query.

Operator: +

The + operator will only match if the text contains both of the query terms. Here are some examples:

Match anything that has both cats and dogs:
   cats +dogs

Match anything that has all 4 animals (cats, dogs, horses, cows):
   cats +dogs +horses +cows

Operator: OR

The OR operator is represented as a space between string matches. It will match anything that has at least one of your query terms:

Match anything that has either cats or dogs:
   cats dogs

Match anything that has any of the 4 animals:
   cats dogs horses cows

Operator: -

Using the - operator will match anything that doesn't have the query term in it. Here are some examples:

Match anything without the word dogs:
   -dogs

Match anything that doesn't contain dogs or cats:
   -(dogs cats)
   -dogs -cats

Using Multiple Operators

You can use multiple operators together, to form more complex queries. Here are some examples:

Match anything that doesn't contain cats, but does contain dogs, or contains fish:
   -cats +dogs OR fish
   ((-cats) +dogs) OR fish

Operator Precedence

When more than one operator is used in a query, - is processed first, then +, then OR. To change the precedence of operators, use brackets to separate different statements in your query, much like how you would in an arithmetic expression. Brackets may also improve the readability of your queries, and do not affect performance. Here are some examples:

In this example, dogs and birds will be evaluated first because + has a higher precedence than OR:
   cats dogs +birds

To change the meaning of the example above, use brackets:
   (cats dogs) +birds

The example below has the same meaning as the first example, but is much easier to understand:
   (dogs +birds) cats

You can use the - operator to invert the meaning of a bracketed query. The query below will search for all text that doesn't contain dogs, or doesn't contain cats:
   -(dogs +cats)

The query below will search for either cats or dogs, but not both:
   (dogs cats) -(dogs +cats)

Phrases

You can search for exact phrase matches, even ones that contain operators, by using quotes. Here is an example:

This example will search for the exact phrase "dogs +cars are great", the + operator is ignored because it is in quotes:
   "dogs +cars are great"

Escaping Quotes

To search for quotes within text, escape the character with a backslash (as shown below) to tell the query that you are searching for quotes, and not searching for a phrase.

The example below will search for "dogs" (with the quotes) in the search text:
   \"dogs\"

Match Count Operator

To specify the number of times a phrase should be matched, use the match count operator. The amount can be any positive whole number, including zero.

The example below will match the phrase dogs if it is found exactly 3 times:
   dogs{3}

Equality Modifier

To match text exactly, you can use the equality modifier on a search term.

The example below will match the phrase "dogs", but will not match things like "hotdogs":
   =dogs

You can still use other operators with the equality modifier, and you can also wrap terms in quotes to include spaces and other special characters

The example below will match any text that is not exactly equal to "cats and dogs":
   -="cats and dogs"

Error: 'The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)'

Do you receive the error "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application." when you try to start TrayStatus? If so, make sure you have the Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0 or higher installed. Please visit the TrayStatus Download page to download the installer for TrayStatus, this will automatically install the correct .NET Framework version.

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