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How can I get Skype to not stay minimized in the task bar?

Due to the new design behavior guideline for Windows Taskbar on Windows 7, more and more software application has now making its icon to locate and stick at Windows 7 Taskbar when minimized, instead of minimizing to system tray (notification area).

How do I prevent this for Skype?

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marked as duplicate by BinaryMisfit Feb 10 '11 at 16:41

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Actually this is not a duplicate: the solution offered to the other question removes Skype from the taskbar, but it does not appear in the system tray either. – Tgr Dec 24 '12 at 9:39
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Here is a very good answer with pictures I found over at My Digital Life.

In short.
1. Uncheck the ["Advanced"] option "Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in"
2. Run skype in Vista SP2 compability mode

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