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Windows 7: Remove MSN Messenger icon from taskbar?

05 Apr 2009   #1

Remove MSN Messenger icon from taskbar?

Is there a way to remove the MSN Messenger icon from the taskbar while remaining logged in to Messenger?

I want the program to remain open, but I don't need it sitting in the taskbar all the time. In previous versions of Windows it would minimize to the notification area.

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06 Apr 2009   #2

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64

As far as I can tell there's no option for that.
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06 Apr 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64

Yes there is :P

I personally prefer the convenience of having it there in the taskbar, and really wish more programs would do the same, but if you want to remove it, all you have to do is go to

32bit: C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger
64bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger

there, look for msnmsgr.exe, right click, go to properties. In the compatibility tab, select Windows Vista as the operating system for compatibility and when you next open messenger, it should minimize to the tray. Hope this helps! Also, credit to the original person who found this, I can't remember who =/

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06 Apr 2009   #4


That did it.

Thanks for that.
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24 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

wow thanks so much!! that bugged me so much lol
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28 Apr 2010   #6


Thnx for info
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10 May 2010   #7

Win 7 Pro 64 bit

Thank you. It has been bugging me
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20 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium) SP1

awesome thank you veryy much! (:
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24 May 2010   #9

Windows 7

Ah the old change the compatibility setting trick. Forgot about that! Thanks napilopez!!
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30 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate

That helped me - Was annoying the hell out of me :-)

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