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How to add icons/items in the notification area?

I want to make a shortcut in the notification area rather than the task bar.

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Items like what? What do you expect these things to do, apart from just sitting there? – Arjan Oct 30 '10 at 10:30
Some installed software such as games. – Walter Oct 30 '10 at 10:38
So, you want to able to click an icon and then start a game? (Hence, turn the notification area into being some quick launch as well?) Or do you want to minimise running games into the notification area rather than to the task bar? We're not mind readers here! ;-) (And please note the "edit" link underneath your question. So far, in my opinion, is't still not a real question!) – Arjan Oct 30 '10 at 11:10
I want to make a shortcut in notification area rather than the task bar. :p – Walter Oct 30 '10 at 11:16
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There is no built in way to create a shortcut in the notification area. The notification area doesn't show shortcuts - it displays applications that register themselves for notifications. You may be able to find some software that will do what you want.

A couple of options:

  1. Built into Windows, if you right-click the Taskbar and choose Toolbars you can add a new tool bar (that will be shown as a pop menu). You can add the contents of the desktop or point it to a new folder. Fill that folder with shortcuts and they will display.
  2. Otherwise you need to find an application that will let you create shortcuts. Stuff I found searching (not recommending any of them)
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After reading shf301's answer, I found Windows 7 lets you position a Toolbar alongside the taskbar, which does provide similar functionality to adding shortcuts to the notification area in a vertically positioned taskbar.

Toolbar shortcuts are on the right with names below the icons

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Use Tray Tool. After installing you will find a small red box icon in system tray. open it an add your program , then u can run that program in system tray. I used this program many years ago , don't know if it works now.

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Says it works on Vista too! – Moab Oct 30 '10 at 15:27
doesnt work on windows7 – Lucky Nov 18 '13 at 12:58

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