I have my windows 7 taskbar with no pinned applications, and a quick launch.

Because I have windows set to show their title rather than just the icon they take up quite a bit of room.

I have skype open all day, and I cannot remove it from my taskbar, when I close the window it stays on the taskbar.

Is there a way to "minimise to tray" programs like this?

  • To close skype you have to either sign out, or open task manager and end it from there. I know this isn't your exact question but hope this helps.
    – Oztaco
    Aug 12, 2012 at 20:09
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    I'm pretty sure the point is to keep Skype running...
    – Daniel Beck
    Aug 12, 2012 at 20:10
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    Skype drives me crazy too. I like my taskbar clear so I can Alt+Tab efficiently. This isn't an exact answer to your question either, but I use Dexpot to work around this.
    – rtf
    Aug 12, 2012 at 20:30
  • @r.tanner.f, I have used Dexpot in the past. I just want skype out of my Alt Tab, why can't it work like Google talk! Aug 12, 2012 at 20:44

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Look under Tools menu > Options > Advanced for the relevant setting:

Minimise Skype to tray while staying signed in

  • Perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks Aug 12, 2012 at 23:41

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