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Minimize Apps to the System Tray in Windows with MoveToTray

Would you like an easy way to minimize apps to the System Tray in Windows and keep your Taskbar clear of clutter? Then all you need is the MoveToTray app to make it happen.

MoveToTray does not require installation. Just double click on the exe file or create a shortcut to the app to activate it. When you see the icon for MoveToTray appear in the System Tray you are ready to minimize those apps.

To minimize the active app window use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + Alt + M” and watch it instantly disappear to the System Tray. To maximize the window simply double click on the app’s icon in the System Tray. Sometimes an app’s regular icon will not display in the System Tray and a copy of MoveToTray’s icon will appear in its’ place (i.e. Paint.NET in our example).

Note: There may occasionally be an app that will not minimize to the System Tray. Only one (CubicExplorer) would not minimize during our tests.

Download MoveToTray at Softpedia

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/18/11

Comments (3)

  1. MJ

    With Windows 7 I don’t like programs minimizing to the Notification Area (formerly known as System Tray) like Spotify does, as the new taskbar is much more comfortable and even more useful, with progress bars, buttons and jumplists.

    However I made a few applications and some of them include this feature as an option, since I think this is a nice feature for XP or Vista. I’m sure this tool would be really useful for such systems.

  2. Mat

    What I’d love to see is a similar program that caused selected programs to “close” to the system tray. I’d love to keep my mail client open all day for appointment reminders and mail notifications, but hitting alt-f4 to get it out of the way is too ingrained in me!

  3. Rajeev

    I think RBTray is a much better alternative.
    just right clicking the minimise button will do.

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