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I was wondering if there was a way to run Visual Studio 2010 in system tray? Does anyone know if that's possible?

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What do you mean by „run in a system tray”? – kinokijuf Sep 17 '12 at 7:56
I mean run a program in system tray, when it's minimized (: – rolandjitsu Sep 17 '12 at 7:57
This doesn't make sense. Just because a program is minimized doesn't mean it will or won't stop working. So, when visual studio is minimized for example during a build, it will continue to build. If this isn't what you mean I suggest you edit your question – Dave Sep 17 '12 at 8:19
What I mean is run the program in the System Tray if anyone knows what is that (: Not showing up in the taskbar but in the system tray, where the icons for the battery, network and other stuff is (: – rolandjitsu Sep 17 '12 at 11:13
Why are you trying to achieve this? – Oliver Salzburg Sep 17 '12 at 14:01
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You can use Tray It! to achieve this.

  1. Run Tray It! and start Visual Studio.

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  2. Select the Visual Studio process and click the Place in System Tray! button.

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  3. Visual Studio is now moved to the notification area:

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  4. Please note that Visual Studio will now always minimize to the notification area until you disable this feature again:

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I think you mean that when you run VS2010, ONLY an icon in the system tray will appear and not hing VS2010-related icons will appear on the taskbar? This is not possible. If VS2010 is running, there will always be a visual effidence of this on the taskbar.

Why don't you want an icon in the taskbar and only in the system tray?

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yeah ... that is what I meant ... I thought I was clear enough ... it's because I have lots of apps running and the whole taskbar it's a mess ((: – rolandjitsu Sep 17 '12 at 13:41
What version of Windows are you using? IMHO is Windows 7 a pretty good version if you want to run a lot of applications at the same time and trying to keep a good overview. – TimothyHeyden Sep 17 '12 at 13:47
@Roland: Unlock the taskbar, if locked, and drag it up to create a second row of icons. That unclutters it. – MSalters Sep 17 '12 at 14:17

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