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How can I set the VLC icon only in Windows 7 system tray and not duplicated also in the taskbar?

To be clear (since some of the answers seem to misunderstand what is being asked), the question is not about minimizing to tray, but rather to leave the VLC window open and playing a video, but not show the VLC button on the taskbar (or in the Alt-Tab list).

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I’m sure it’s been asked before (I could swear I’ve seen it discussed the last time I looked into it), but at the moment, all I can find is this single request for the feature which went completely ignored. – Synetech Jun 11 '13 at 19:29

Right-click on the tray icon and click on 'hide VLC media player in taskbar'.

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That option not present for me (Win7HP and VLC 2.05) – gibberish May 23 '13 at 17:39
That option hides VLC altogether! – Synetech Jun 11 '13 at 18:55
How could we permanently hide it from taskbar? – Yeo Sep 10 '15 at 13:52

You can't hide the VLC icon when it is running. It will ALWAYS appear on the taskbar while it is running.

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Yes, we can hide the VLC taskbar icon by clicking on "Hide VLC Media player".

Step 1: Click on "show hidden icons(at exactly right side bottom corner)".
Step 2: Right click on VLC icon.
Step 3: Say Hide VLC Media player from taskbar.

I hope it's useful.

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Hi, welcome to Super User. Thank you for the answer, but this information is already in another answer, albeit without 'show hidden icons'. Perhaps you could add something to differentiate your answer? – bertieb Aug 19 '15 at 8:00

If using a custom skin, the option is not available. When return to native (default) skin, the option is available.

You must quit VLC and restart for changes to take effect.

Here is a freeware alternative (Windows):

It takes some config, but it works. I got it working by turning off the systray icon (in VLC preferences) and restarting VLC.

Also necessary to refresh TrayIt's windows list (Windows menu).

If TrayIt closed/disappears, you can restart from the icon, or from the "TrayIt Application" option on the systray VLC icon.

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