Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.
Tray It! is free and seems to work fine on Windows 7 32bit; there are some issues on Windows 7 64bit.
I think you will need a 3rd party application to do this. A Google search for "run in system tray utility" returned several results. (mostly shareware, not freeware).
As an aside, that area is correctly called the notification area, not the tray. http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/09/10/54831.aspx
I would suggest eXtra Buttons. It's quite simple to setup, customize and use.
1. The Wonderful Icon
I use free The Wonderful Icon program. It works for me in Windows 7 and Windows 10 both. All my programs with no exceptions put to tray.
Besides minimize to tray The Wonderful Icon have many others functions. We may to see and try to use it enters in
Configure... menu item.
After installing click left mouse button to The Wonderful Icon icon in tray →
Configure... → check
Minimize Windows To Taskbar Tray item → check
Enable Hotkey item → set the carriage in front of
Hotkey Keystroke: words → press your preferable hotkey for minimize window to taskbar →
Now if I press Alt+Win+F4 active window put the tray for me.
I'm not recommend use
Minimize All Windows To Taskbar Tray function in Windows 10. Your desktop minimize to tray with others windows.