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Windows 7: Minimize to right sside of lower taskbar

11 Jan 2009   #11
johngalt

 

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12 Jan 2009   #12
Burger23

Windows 7
 
 

I want to make sure I am explaining my problem clearly- I am sure that many, many people also have this issue. A program is started- and Windows 7 places its icon into the Taskbar (bottom of screen by default). I simply want to hide the icon- it is taking up valuable real estate on my monitor.

I have included some crude screen shots. Click here to see Taskbar. Below spot marked A shows 3 progroms that have loaded (weatherlink, webcamsqat, and Microsoft's Sysinternal's Process Service). When I right click on these icons I only have 3 choices: Open the program's window, pin the program to the taskbar, or close the program. None are satifactory- I want to miniize it to area marked as B. Or, I want to get it to the NOTIFICATION AREA ICONS in the control panel (this can be accessed from the contol panel- or from clicking on the Up Arrow labled C here.

The key is to get the program into the Notification area Icons- see here. If a program is placed here, then its options can be set.
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13 Jan 2009   #13
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

ok the way i see it is that you want this program to minimize to the system tray....

i can show you but one way but its not permanent (as i will explain latter....)

i have been using this program pretty much since xp so it has its time....

this program is called powermenu....

as i see it is not currently supported by the author (he/she might have moved to other projects and such....)

ok to the workaround.....

1. you need to install powermenu...(obvious right?)

i have uploaded the batch files needed....

this is includes both the x32 and x64 (you need to choose one which is depends on which iso you download and installed either x32 or x64)

(if you installed with the defaults then this will work)

ok either
Startup Programs - Change

follow method two and then insert the file there....

restart and then it should automatically start in the start tray....

(one caveat though is that if you pull it out of the system tray you will need to either right click on the window title and click minimize to tray or run the batch file again....)

this is only a workaround the author himself needs to include this feature to be permantently moved to the system tray...

and check back with us on if it worked....


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File Type: zip weatherlink tray.zip (405 Bytes, 28 views)
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13 Jan 2009   #14
Burger23

Windows 7
 
 

I am a little confused- the 2 files you uploaded are .cmd files. What do I do with these? I have downloaded PowerMenu from the INtenret and installed it.
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13 Jan 2009   #15
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

yes there are two files there...

you need to use one of them and follow the tuturoial brink wrote...

method two

one thing though this program runs at startup correct??

if not this script is if you want to minimize it on startup...
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13 Jan 2009   #16
Burger23

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
yes there are two files there...

you need to use one of them and follow the tuturoial brink wrote...

method two

one thing though this program runs at startup correct??

if not this script is if you want to minimize it on startup...
Just to clarify- I am NOT trying to minimize on StartUp- rather, I want to HIDE the Taskbar icon. I do not want an icon to show at all.
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13 Jan 2009   #17
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

What other OS does what you are describing because it sound like you are asking a little too much, you can't have a notification area used as a Taskbar.

I don't know what you mean by valuable real estate, what difference does it make, if your that concerned by saving space why don't you set the Taskbar to Auto Hide or you can make the icons smaller like this.

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13 Jan 2009   #18
Burger23

Windows 7
 
 

AutoHide- that's what I am trying to do! I would love for the icon to show up in Windows 7 Notification Area Icons- the Up Arrow on right side of Taskbar. How do you get an icon to show up there? When I right-click on the icon I get only 3 options: the first restore the program to full screen, the second Pins Program to Taskbar, and the third Closes the Window (Program).
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13 Jan 2009   #19
limneos

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Check out this thread I just opened...

Solution to display minimized apps in notification area
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13 Jan 2009   #20
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by limneos View Post
Check out this thread I just opened...

Solution to display minimized apps in notification area
That works for messenger but that's about it, tried with Firefox and it didn't work, I think that will only work for apps that already have support for that function.
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