Have a wonderful app that you use often every day but it does not have a “Minimize to System Tray” option? Now you can get that app minimized to the System Tray with Trayconizer.

Installation & Setup

There is no install or setup required for Trayconizer. Simply place the exe file in a folder of your choice that best suits your needs (it is recommended to place the folder in Program Files). For our example, we set Trayconizer up in its own folder in Program Files.

Before Trayconizer

For our example, we chose to use Paint.NET. Here you can see Paint.NET displaying regularly…

And Paint.NET minimized to the Task Bar…

Get Your App Setup to Use Trayconizer

Time to get that app to minimize to the System Tray! Locate the shortcut(s) for your app and right click on them. Select “Properties”.

Once you have clicked through, you will see the “Properties” window with the “Shortcut” tab displayed.

In the address area for “Target:” you will need to insert the target path for Trayconizer in front of the target path for your app making certain to leave a single space in between the final quote mark of the Trayconizer target path and the beginning quote mark of your app’s target path.

Here is an example of what it should look like based on our Paint.NET example…

Once you have that finished, click “Apply”, then “OK”.

Trayconizer in Action

Time to try things out! Once you get ready to minimize your app, use the same procedure that you would use to minimize it to the Task Bar (i.e. button or right click).

And see your app sitting in the System Tray! Terrific! Now you have more space in your Task Bar for other things.

To maximize your app, just double click on the icon. Have fun!


Download Trayconizer (version 1.1.1)

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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