How can I start a program hidden from the Windows taskbar?

I want to start the task manager minimized at login automatically so that I can see the CPU load in the system tray.

  • You mean it should run but not show up the Windows task bar? – mvw Jan 27 '18 at 22:32
  • Yes, because I only want to see it in the system tray. – Frank Breitling Jan 27 '18 at 22:34
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    Please don’t clarify your question in comments; edit your question to make it clearer and more complete. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Jan 28 '18 at 2:05

As explained in Run a program hidden in Windows 10 this can be done with a VBScript that looks like

Dim WShell
Set WShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WShell.Run "taskmgr.exe", 0
Set WShell = Nothing

Saving this script as hiddentaskmgr.vbs will provide a script that starts the task manager hidden from the taskbar.

It will still be running in the background and create an icon in the system tray showing the CPU load. This script can also be used in the Windows startup folder.

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