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Windows 7: Start an Appliction Minimized


09 Mar 2010   #1
seifer

Windows 7
 
 
Start an Appliction Minimized

I've looked around online to no Avail.

Simply, I have my Itunes startup and play when I boot up, but it ofcourse starts maximized. This isn't needed, as I really don't need to see the screen, i can control it by my keyboard just fine. Is there a way to set it to start minimized? Not to tray, just to taskbar.


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09 Mar 2010   #2
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

The standard way is to change the shortcut properties from "Normal window" to "Minimized". However for this to work it needs cooperation from the application itself. Itunes can choose to ignore this setting.
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09 Mar 2010   #3
seifer

Windows 7
 
 

Doesen't seem to be friendly about it. Blasted Itunes.

Any other ways about it?
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10 Mar 2010   #4
tuxplorer

Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
 
 

You can use a VB Script to run it hidden such as:

Set WSHShell=WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WSHShell.Run "<Path to EXE>", 0, True

and assign a shortcut key to its Start menu shortcut so pressing it will launch it again to show the window

or use Tray It.
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20 Oct 2013   #5
georgie3

Windows 7 64
 
 

Here's a way to minimize programs to the task bar that ignore the shortcut properties.
1) Create a shortcut to the program.
2) Open shortcut properties (right click > properties)
3) Change the target to this (substitute your program's path):
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c start /min C:"\Program Files (x86)\Program Dir\YourProgramName.exe"
The quote has to go *after* the C: for some reason or it won't work.
4) This works but the command prompt window pops up briefly, to fix that set the run minimized property in the shortcut.
Georgie
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20 Oct 2013   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums Georgie. Nice addition, hopefully it will help someone. A Guy
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