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In Windows 7, when an application is minimized, it will either:

  1. Minimize to the "main area" of the taskbar, meaning between the pinned icons and the system tray.
  2. Minimize to the "pinned area" (left-side of the taskbar), if the application is pinned.

But there seems to sometimes be applications that do not follow either of these two rules. For example, Evernote, when pinned to the taskbar, will minimize to the "main area" instead of the "pinned area".

Is there anything that can be done to prevent it? In other words, how do you make applications like Evernote behave like standard applications and minimize to the "pinned area" (when pinned)?

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    The developer determines what "minimize" does. The "minimize" icon is just a shape. It CAN behave according to the standards defined by the frameworks in the OS, or the developer could just use the save visual element while making the commands entirely different. – music2myear May 15 at 18:58
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    A programmer can define exactly what state their application should be in when it is minimized. If they wanted to disable the minimize button, they could do that, by maximizing their application. – Ramhound May 15 at 19:06
  • Sorry, I'm not seeing anything to corroborate the above claims in docs.microsoft.com/windows/desktop/api/winuser/… Should I be looking somewhere else? – RockPaperLizard May 15 at 19:25
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    You're not getting the gist of my comment: The developer has control of this. You don't. There are 3rd party apps that may "convert" a running application icon to a taskbar icon different from what the application developer may have designed. But it all comes down to the developer. There's nothing that says a minimize button has to actually make the window smaller. A dev COULD attach code to that control that does ANYTHING they please. IF the dev offers alternate methods of "minimization", it will depend entirely on them how that is implemented. – music2myear May 15 at 19:32
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    And finally, the age-old question: did you Google this first? google.com/search?q=minimize+to+taskbar – music2myear May 15 at 20:52

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