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How do I remove Skype from the Windows 7 taskbar, at least when it's minimized? Skype disappears from the taskbar in both Windows XP and Windows Vista, not sure if by default now, but I cannot make it do so in Windows 7. I have it showing in my notification area, and this is good enough for an "always on" program like Skype.

I have a feeling there is no standard solution to this problem until Skype updates with a fix.

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How do I get negative rep for asking this? It takes me below 10 and I can no longer edit another question of mine that used above 10 privileges. –  Xonatron Sep 6 '11 at 14:43
It doesn't belong here. When it has been migrated, you can do a recalc and should probably get your rep back. –  Kate Gregory Sep 6 '11 at 15:03

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See this article from Skype FAQ for the solution(s): How do I remove Skype from the Taskbar?

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Wow, that was easy. How did I miss it? Maybe I deserved the -1 rep someone gave me. :S Thank you. Hopefully this helps someone else. –  Xonatron Sep 6 '11 at 16:06
The only dumb question is the one that you don't ask. Lack of knowledge isn't so bad when you know you are lacking. It should be what you don't know that you don't know that should keep you up. –  surfasb Sep 6 '11 at 16:25

there's a program called TrayIt and I'm sure a dozen more. It should do the job for any application that doesn't minimize to the sys tray.

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Thanks for this. If there's no better "official" way to solve this, I will give it a try. –  Xonatron Sep 6 '11 at 14:54
There is an official solution, for anyone reading. See top answer. –  Xonatron Oct 5 '11 at 14:04
thanks for the update –  Eonasdan Oct 5 '11 at 14:10

The Windows 7 styleguide doesn't allow programs anymore to remove themselves from the taskbar. Even more, Microsoft wants to discourage users/developers to put their programs in the notification area. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx for more information

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