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Minimize Firefox to the System Tray the Easy Way

Does the idea of being able to minimize Firefox to the System Tray instead of the Taskbar sound appealing? If so, then see just how easy it is to set up with the MinimizeToTray Revived extension.

Note: The MinimizeToTray Revived extension works with Firefox (3.0 – 3.5.*), Thunderbird (3.0.*), Flock (2.0), and Songbird (0.7 – 1.2.*).

Methods of Minimizing

Once you have the extension installed you have three ways to minimize Firefox to the “System Tray”. The first is using the “File Menu” and selecting the “Minimize to tray” command. The second is by using the “F9 Key”.


Prefer to use a button instead? Just access the “Customize Toolbar Window” and place the toolbar button in the location that best suits your personal preferences.


One click goodness for minimizing Firefox to the “System Tray”.


The System Tray

Once Firefox has been minimized, this is what the “Right Click Menu” looks like for the “System Tray Icon”.



Determine “Minimize To Tray Behavior & Click Behavior” in the “Main Preferences Area”.


Choose which Firefox windows are minimized to the “System Tray” in the “Firefox Preferences Area”.



If you love keeping your Taskbar clear of programs in favor of the System Tray, then the MinimizeToTray Revived extension will be a welcome addition to your Firefox Browser or Mozilla-based app.


Download the MinimizeToTray Revived extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

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 11/20/09

Comments (5)

  1. James

    Thanks for the tip! But what is the extension that gets you the “about:tab” page? It shows up in the screenshots you have, and I was wondering how I could get that as well.

  2. Asian Angel

    @James – You can get a good look at it here. ^__^

    Enjoy a Clean Start Page with New Tab Page

  3. hweidi

    I used it for one week, then i noticed my browsing is slow, without any idea this plug-in could be the problem, i reviewed all new change to my notebook, and when i disable it, the browsing is back to the normal !!!

  4. bill

    Yep… another pointless add-on to slow FireSNAIL even more.

  5. Hosted Solutions

    It’s a great addon. I will surely look forward using it. Thanks.

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