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Running prgrams from the system tray/notification area instead of the taskbar. RRS feed

  • Question

  • Does Windows 7 provide any facility to maintain how running programs, and their associated windows are handled? In particular, the need to be able to leave a program running yet accessible from the 'notification area' only - instead of the taskbar (assuming unpinned)? For example the way skype works by default.

    The consensus seems to be that if the program doesn't otherwise make it a user option to do so, the alternatives are either to run in 'compatibility mode' or use a 3rd party tool like TrayIt.

    In the case of the first, this doesn't work for all programs, especially legacy ones e.g. Outlook 2003. As for the second, it's rather tedious to have to manage yet a another piece of software (especially if it's not necessary).

    Any help gratefully appreciated.

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:48 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I am afraid that Windows 7 has not such facility provided. This behavior is designed by the program, not the Windows side. Thank you for your understanding.

    Best Regards.


    Tracy Cai

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by xanda escuyer Friday, August 24, 2012 10:27 PM
    Friday, August 24, 2012 7:51 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    I am afraid that Windows 7 has not such facility provided. This behavior is designed by the program, not the Windows side. Thank you for your understanding.

    Best Regards.


    Tracy Cai

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by xanda escuyer Friday, August 24, 2012 10:27 PM
    Friday, August 24, 2012 7:51 AM
  • Thanks for the update - and it's nice to see a proper avatar for a change! ;-)
    Friday, August 24, 2012 10:27 PM