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Windows 7: Minimize to right sside of lower taskbar

11 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7
Minimize to right side of Taskbar- SUCCESS!!!!

I have a program that I want to minimize to the lower side of the bottom rask bar- beside the TIME. This is a program that I need to know that it is indeed running- but program can run in the background- no need for an icon in the main taskbar. Some programs (AVG anti-virus) automatically go there when minimized. Others (like my weather program, Weatherlink, minimizes to the main taskbar area only. I want the icon to go the Nofication area.


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11 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 64bit

Does it appear in the notification area at all?
You can customize the area by right clicking on it.
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11 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7

Yes- the program starts, then when I minimize the application, the icon appears in the bain bottim taskbar. I would like it to be hidden, not visible. I need a away to get it to the "show Hidden Icons" area so I can use the "customize" function to control when the icon is shown (Notication Area Icons)
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11 Jan 2009   #4


I had the same problem with the messenger and the solution is to make the program run in vista compatibilty, then when you minimize it goes to notification area :)
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11 Jan 2009   #5

Windows 7

I tried this- I change the .exe to run in Compatibility mode for Windows Vista - box is checked. Program starts- but when minimized, it goes into main tray at bottom taskbar- there is no way to hide it.
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11 Jan 2009   #6


yes. bCheck's apps - It is your mama's software

The ZIP & Installer both install version 1.13, but yo can then replace the version with ver 1.16, which is a bit more stable.

If you read the documentation, you can assign a hotkey to a function that will minimize functions to the system tray (or, optionally, completely hidden), and they can either be on the stack (will be restored is Hoekey gets shutdown) or else will be permanently hidden (unless you use process Explorer to bring it to front).

it is small, light weight, and very, very useful.

In Vista I found that not installing it but using the ZIP file from a non protected folder made it a lot easier to edit the config file whenever I needed to. It really and truly is a small, tiny app that rocks.

There are many other apps out there that do this, both freeware and shareware, but This is the most robust and smallest one I have found - and it just works.
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11 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7

Thanks for your reply, Jphn. I will play around with HowKey tomorrow.

But... I am currently using StartUp to launch these programs that I can not get to hide.

Any other ideas?
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11 Jan 2009   #8


Not at the moment - I have HoeKey already set up from my Vista install - let me play with it and see if it works and I'll report back.
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11 Jan 2009   #9



It works. I cannot use the unhide function, but hiding will move items to the system tray.

*problem* - with WLM, it still leaves the item in the taskbar, but I just tried with Fx too, and since I have it pinned on my desktop, it moved Fx to the system tray and changed the taskbar icon back to its regular non running icon.

So, this WLM issue is *definitely* a coding thing. Other apps are now yours for the minimizing to the system tray.

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11 Jan 2009   #10
Patrick C

Windows 7 Home - 64 Bit

Johngalt- What is contacting by PM in Windows 7 Forum? Patrick C
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