How to minimize windows to system tray in Windows 7?

If you want to minimize windows to tray in Windows 7, you can grab a few tools that will allow you to do it. Here’s a freeware tool and a shareware tool that both can minimize a lot of applications to system tray, e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, Skype, Windows Live Messenger.

Minimize to tray Windows 7

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Yep, there are plenty of applications that you might want to minimize to tray. For example, Thunderbird, Outlook, Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Aim, Windows Media Player, Windows Live Mail. So, let’s check this out.

How to minimize windows to tray via PowerMenu (FREEWARE)

Minimize to tray Windows 7

A great FREE app that allows you to add the option “Minimize to tray” to the context-menu is PowerMenu. You can grab the lightweight portable tool here: Download PowerMenu Portable

You can’t minimize all applications to tray, but most of them. For example it’s no problem to minimize Firefox to tray or minimize Filezilla. However, you can’t minimize Google Chrome to tray or 7zip. The transparency option (another option added to the context menu by PowerMenu) isn’t working very well on Windows 7, so better don’t use it at all.


  • Free
  • Minimize Firefox
  • Minimize Windows Live Messenger
  • Minimize Thunderbird
  • Minimize many applications with few exceptions


  • Minimize to tray does not work on all windows, e.g. Skype or Chrome
  • Minimize to tray option requires right-click, no “minimize to tray button” available

Minimize to tray via Actual Window Minimizer (Shareware)

If you have some spare money, you could also give another shareware tool a try that is free for 30 days. It’s developed by and works flawlessly on Windows 7!

MInimize to tray


  • Minimize ALL windows to system tray
  • Minimize Firefox
  • Minimize Outlook
  • Minimize Windows Live Messenger
  • Minimize Windows Live Mail
  • Minimize Windows Media Player
  • Minimize Chrome
  • Minimize Skype
  • Minimize Thunderbird
  • Minimize etc.
  • Adds a minimize button to all windows (!)
  • Adds shortcut to minimize windows to tray


  • Shareware $20

How to minimize Windows Live Messenger or Skype to tray (free method)

Some applications can be minimized to tray by running them in Vista compatibility mode. One of those applications is the Windows Live Messenger, another Skype (if you check option “keep in taskbar” in skype settings).

Published: Thursday, May 20th, 2010 Last Modified: February 13, 2013

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