Minimize The Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger Icon To The System Tray In Windows 7

Trick To Minimize The Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger Icon To The System Tray In Windows 7

If you have installed the program, Windows Live Essentials (Version 2009) on your Windows 7 OS and have been using the MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger (WLM), you must have noticed that the main contacts window of the MSN Messenger, conversation windows of all chats and display picture have a full fledged icon or button on the Windows Taskbar.

Even when you minimize the MSN Messenger, the main contacts window icon remains on the Windows Taskbar rather then being placed within the notification area or system tray.

In other Windows OS such as Windows Vista and XP, WLM main contacts window has its icon in the notification area which is generally known as the “System Tray” and is located at the right end of Windows Taskbar right next to the clock, whereas the chat/ conversation windows (whenever opened) have their respective icons on the Taskbar.

However, Windows 7 has the WLM icon removed from the notification area and instead shows it in the Taskbar along with the other chat/ conversation windows. The icon for WLM main contacts window in the Taskbar does not go even when you minimize WLM.


Moreover, when move your mouse pointer over the WLM icon on the Taskbar, you get a thumbnail preview that shows two confusing WLM Windows among which one is the actual WLM main contacts window whereas the other is one is the display picture. Nevertheless, it is possible that you make some settings so that WLM reverts back to its classic style.

You need to simply run WLM in Vista compatibility mode within Windows 7 so that the WLM icon, whenever minimized is placed in the system tray.

  • Close MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger completely by right-clicking on the WLM icon in the Windows Taskbar and selecting “Exit”.
  • Click on the “Start” button to display the Start Menu. Now, locate the shortcut of “MSN Messenger” or “Windows Live Messenger”.


It is also possible that you go directly to the actual Windows Live Messenger program, i.e. msnmgsr.exe. You will normally find it at the location “%ProgramFiles%\Windows Live\Messenger\ folder”.

  • Next, right-click on the shortcut or executable of Windows Live Messenger. You will see the right-click context menu. Select the option “Properties” from the menu.

  • Click on the tab “Compatibility”.
  • Under the section “Compatibility Mode” tick on the checkbox that corresponds to the option for running WLM program/ application in a compatibility mode for the selected OS. Also select “Windows Vista” as the OS from the drop-down box placed below.

  • Click on the “OK” button.
  • Finally, run your WLM to check whether the trick has worked.


Now you will notice that, whenever you minimize WLM, the WLM icon will be placed in the notification area or system tray.

Trayit! For Keeping The Running Applications Under System Tray

Trayit! For Keeping The Running Applications Under System Tray

Most of the times, we need to open so many applications on the computer at a time, and the taskbar of Windows gets crowded with all the running apps. While, accessing the other programs via taskbar, you could be easily confused in order to find the exact application. You could avoid the confusion and congestion caused by many running applications using a special tool to manage these functioning applications.

You could make use of a pretty handy tool namely TrayIt! In order keep your running applications under the system tray. TrayIt! is an executable file where there is no need of installation and you could just run it by double click. It shows all the running windows and tasks on your computer. By holding Shift key while minimizing window, you can put that window under the system tray temporarily.

On the other hand, if you want to keep the window always in the system tray whenever you minimize it, just use TrayIt! In the user interface, just select the application that you want to keep under system tray. Now, right click on the selected application, a context menu will be displayed. Select the option “Place in System Tray” and your selected application will be minimized and kept under the system tray.


There are a few options with which you could customize TrayIt! behavior.  Go to Edit menu and select Profiles option. You could choose there options to group all similar tray icons for each application, computer startup, and single click for activating application from the system tray. Then click on system tray to keep applications on foreground and activate while running in the background. Press shift key instead of ctrl key to minimize the window temporarily in the system tray.

All in all, TrayIt! is useful and absolutely free to use. It is helpful, especially while you run lot of applications simultaneously on the computer. This tool works well with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP. Use the following link to download such a pretty useful tool.

Enable / Disable – Hide / Show Icon Notifications In System Tray – Regedit / NoTrayItemDisplay

Check Out The Easiest Technique To Disable System Tray For Hiding Icons In Windows Vista And XP

Windows Operating System displays icons of many programs in the Notification Area or System Tray for urgent and active notifications. This arrangement also enables quick and easy access to these programs. Though it is considered to be a useful tool by majority, there are lots of users who do not find this feature interesting.

If you are among those who feel that the Notification Area/ System Tray is of no use, you can free up the bottom right-hand side area to make more space for Windows Taskbar. For doing so, you need to turn off or disable system tray by using the registry trick. Follow the simple steps mentioned below.

1> Click on the “Start” button to open Start Menu.
2> If you are using Windows XP, click on “Run” option, type in “regedit” and press “Enter” key. If you are using Windows Vista, click on “Start Search” option, type in “regedit” and press “Enter”.
3> Once the “Registry Editor” opens, just navigate to the registry key mentioned below:


4> Now, right-click on “Explorer”, select “New” and then choose “DWORD (32-bit) Value” (In XP, select “DWORD Value”). Name the DWORD value as “NoTrayItemsDisplay”.

Note: You may skip step no. 4 incase the registry entry “NoTrayItemsDisplay” is already available.

5> Double-click on the registry entry “NoTrayItemsDisplay” and fix its value data as 1.
The change will be effective once you restart the computer.

Now that you have made the necessary settings in the registry, all system, application and program icons will remain hidden and won’t be displayed. The applications will still run normally, just icons won’t be shown in the Notification Area/ System Tray. The only thing you will see in the bottom right-hand side area is the clock.

To enable the System Tray back and display icons in it, you just need to delete the registry key “NoTrayItemsDisplay” or change its value data to 0. If you happen to lose icons or cannot locate all your icons in the Notification Area/ System Tray, just search for the registry key “NoTrayItemsDisplay” and fix its value data as ‘0’ (zero).

How Can I / To Hide Windows XP System Tray Icons

If you are using Windows XP then you must be familiar with the system tray. It is the area where all icons of the programs / applications / processes that are running on to your computers are displayed. It is towards the right of the Taskbar. Almost all the programs provide an option for minimizing them to the system tray instead of taskbar at the time of installation. In Windows XP you have the option to hide those icons when the programs are not active. You can even choose to hide those icons which have not been active since a long time. This helps you to keep your system tray uncluttered and manageable. Moreover if there are more icons on the system tray then it will club into one or may get shorter and create confusion and ambiguity for the user. At this time hiding the unused icons could be the best way out and a great way of resolving any ambiguity.

The procedure to hide the icons is as follows:

1. Right click anywhere on the task bar and click on properties from available option or else go to control panel, click on task bar and start menu

2. Taskbar and Menu Properties window will open.

3. You will find the option Hide inactive icons in the Notification Area section. By selecting the go customize option you can enable it.

4. Click on customize button and a new window Customize Notification will appear.

5. There will be two options to choose from, you can either go for ‘Hide when inactive’ or ‘Always show’ for each of the items that are displayed in the system tray.

This is how you can manage your System Tray and keep it free from all inactive icons that are consuming space and creating confusion.