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Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.

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For some specific programs, you have some specific solutions, like "MinimizeToTray" add-ons for Firefox and Thunderbird. –  kokbira May 12 '11 at 13:53
    
This isn't directly supported by Windows, so you'll need third-party software to do this as it's application-specific. **Note:** After submitting this Answer, I noticed that @soandos (+1) pointed out that there is a similar question ( superuser.com/questions/132661/… ) which also happens to include recommendations for third-party software that can place icons in the System Tray. –  Randolf Richardson Aug 9 '11 at 15:07
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Tray It!

Tray It! is free and seems to work fine on Windows 7 32bit; there are some issues on Windows 7 64bit.

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it is not working on Windows 7!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried it already so don't bother. –  Altar Aug 9 '11 at 19:57
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So far I am impressed with "4t Tray Minimizer" (and I am using it on 64-bit Windows 7.) Good wizard to get you started too.

The comments in eXtra Buttons suggest several people have had trouble with it.

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I agree, 4t Tray Minimizer Free is great. And it includes the 'always on top' functionality –  Pere May 29 '13 at 16:44
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I think you will need a 3rd party application to do this. A Google search for "run in system tray utility" returned several results. (mostly shareware, not freeware).

As an aside, that area is correctly called the notification area, not the tray. http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/09/10/54831.aspx

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I was googling and I've found a few programs but it was for older OS or wasn't freeware. I didn't know that, thanks! –  MartyIX Apr 19 '10 at 19:34
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Good luck convincing everyone to call it the "notification area", everyone I know also calls it the "system tray". –  davr Apr 19 '10 at 19:35
    
That's because pre-XP, it was called the system tray. When XP was released, they decided to change the name to "notification area". –  Andrew Moore Apr 19 '10 at 19:45
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I realize convincing people to call it the right thing is an uphill battle but the link there is from the MS developer that made it. According to him, it was NEVER called the system tray. The reason for the misnomer is described in the post. (Its pretty short and worth the read). –  Jeff Martin Apr 19 '10 at 20:01
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I would suggest eXtra Buttons. It's quite simple to setup, customize and use.

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