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Is there a way to "hide" a normal windowed application in Windows?

I'm looking for something that removes it from the taskbar and possibly puts an icon in the system tray instead.

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Well there's ones that retain the icon, or ones that use a "special" icon to "hide" the program from people (so when you hit the key combo to hide it, it's called the "Boss Key" :P ). That way nobody knows what the application is - it may look like a networking icon. And requires a password to restore. –  Breakthrough Sep 18 '09 at 11:40

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Take your pick. They all minimize applications to the system tray. They're all free and work with Windows XP.

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Quite a few gems in your answer! Nice apps :) –  alex Sep 18 '09 at 10:59
yep, TayIt does just that, the others offer a a whole rake of more or less useful features. –  Molly7244 Sep 18 '09 at 11:14
Just installed TrayIt; it's a really nice app, especially the ability to remember to minimize an application to the system tray. –  alex Sep 18 '09 at 13:10
unfortunately, None of these are able to hide a window's taskbar icon without minimizing it. –  Malabarba Oct 19 '09 at 5:11

Try the open-source tools Minime and RBTray to minimize a Windows application to the system tray and hide it from the taskbar.

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Hurray for open source! TrayIt's company doesn't exist anymore and PMW doesn't work in Win7. Minime does! –  SevenSidedDie Dec 20 '12 at 0:39
Very nice. Minime.exe: ONE file. Portable. Ctrl-Shift-Z & Ctrl-Shift-A Done. (Win7 SP1 x64 compatible) –  adam Jan 7 '13 at 10:09

I use Process Manager for this. It has a lot of other options besides putting an app in the system tray, but I use this the most.

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