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Can we add Windows Defender icon to system tray?

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  • You can pin it to the taskbar if you like.  Perform a search for Defender and when the Windows Defender icon appears, right-click on it and then Pin to Taskbar.

    Carey Frisch

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:07 AM
  • Well, you can't, and that is most unfortunate. Microsoft should make it possible for you do to that. The Taskbar and Start Menu are not the System Tray, and the Action Center flag in the System Tray has several other functions than to indicate the Windows Defender status.




    • Edited by groucho43 Friday, February 08, 2013 9:50 AM
    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:49 AM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area". It's Microsoft finally following its own guidelines for the notification area. If there's a problem, you will get notified via this area. Otherwise, your machine is running fine (at least in terms of Defender)
    Friday, February 08, 2013 2:21 PM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area".

    That's being pedantic.

    It's commonly known as the system tray and it was obvious what the OP meant.

    Microsoft has even been inconsistent in what they call it, e.g. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/162613

    It stems from the executable named systray.exe way back in '95.

    Common usage trumps definition every time.

    If people wanted to call it the 'plorple' and everyone knew that what you meant when you said plorple, then it would be the plorple, no matter what the 'official' name was.

    Note: I dislike that the plorple no longer has that 3D indented look it used to...You know what I mean? The one that made it look like a tray.

    Friday, February 08, 2013 4:02 PM
  • Try the tool "Windows Defender Status Manager"

    http://www.itknowledge24.com/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Friday, February 08, 2013 7:34 PM
    Answerer
  • use a search in destop start button search for defender, create desktop short cut, pin to task bar.

    My Icon tray, love icons, Notice over by the start I have a quick launch, also notice the dvd, that launches dvd play in windows media player

    flip3d in 8 works too





    • Edited by colakid Friday, February 08, 2013 9:00 PM
    • Proposed as answer by colakid Friday, February 08, 2013 9:01 PM
    Friday, February 08, 2013 8:48 PM
  • kid can you give us the tip to get 3dflip in 8, this is the best way to pin defender to taskbar.
    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:15 PM
  • Wow flip in 8 I need that please.

    Friday, February 08, 2013 9:18 PM
  • It is not the "System Tray", it's the "Notification Area". It's Microsoft finally following its own guidelines for the notification area. If there's a problem, you will get notified via this area. Otherwise, your machine is running fine (at least in terms of Defender)

    OK, well, then what he's talking about is some kind of "notification" as to the operational status of Defender.  With MSE you got feedback in the systray icon apart from merely letting you know the program was resident and actually monitoring your system--you got feedback when you were doing a scan through the same icon, and in the right-click context file menu you were provided with an option to scan each file or directory or drive, etc., that you might select.  Win8 Defender doesn't provide that, either--I had to hack one into the shell to mimic that same functionality in MSE. When I'm doing a scan with Defender nothing appears in the Action Center to let me know what's going on, etc.

    Microsoft is acting as if it's embarrassed about Defender and wants to hide any appearance that the program is present & working...;)   The irony is that although Microsoft claims Defender is better than MSE, Defender's GUI feedback is noticeably inferior to MSE's.  Yet another set of options Microsoft weirdly overlooked for Windows 8. I have a shortcut to Defender on my Win8 desktop, but that's nowhere near as good as the information provided by the MSE systray program icon.   MSE simply does it better in that regard.

    Saturday, February 09, 2013 3:17 PM