In Windows XP, is there a utility that will let me move taskbar items to the system tray? I've seen "minimize to tray" type utilities but I'm talking about for maximized applications.
Might '4t Tray Minimizer' be what you are looking for?
It doesn't actually move items to your tray, but 'hides' them from the task bar....
Other options (but not tried them out) could be:
I haven't the links, but google ought to help out. Maybe this should be a community wiki post? (once I ever figure out just what that means)
PowerMenu is a small application I wrote back in 1998 to add some extra menu items to the windows control menu in addition to the standard "Close", "Maximize", etc options. The extra menus are: Always On Top, Transparency and Minimize To Tray.
I couldn't find anything (yet) that makes them stay in the tray, but as long as only your active application is on your taskbar, this should trim down the size a lot. If I find anything better I'll update my post.