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Windows 7 – Make Windows Live Messenger minimizes to System Tray

If you’ve used Windows Live Messenger on Windows 7, you’ll probably notice that Windows Live Messenger minimizes to the taskbar instead of the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista. So, the Windows Live Messenger icon always appears on the taskbar. However, there is a way that you can force Windows Live Messenger to minimize to the system tray like in Windows XP & Windows Vista.

To do this, you just have to do a little tweak with the compatibility settings for Windows Live Messenger in your Windows 7. This will make Windows Live Messenger to behave like in the previous version of Windows. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Make sure Windows Live Messenger is closed.

Step 2: Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Live then Right-click on Windows Live Messenger and select Properties

StartMenu_WindowsLiveMessenger

Step 3: In the Compatibility tab, check Run the program in compatibility mode and select Windows Vista. Then click OK

StartMenu_WindowsLiveMessenger-Compatibility

Now, try running the application and then minimize it. It will minimize to the System Tray.

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Categories: Windows 7
  1. Devon
    November 21, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for this solution! It is much appreciated!

  2. Khai Liang
    November 21, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hi Devon,Welcome. Thanks for the appreciation. Do visit back again.Regards,Khai Liang, Yong

  3. Nofal
    November 30, 2009 at 2:27 am

    so nice tweak dear Liang…. why I couldn`t think with??? thanks a lot

  4. Khai Liang
    November 30, 2009 at 10:27 am

    You\’re welcome Real Nabster 🙂

  5. athar
    December 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

    im really thankful to you man …………thanks again

  6. tukaale
    December 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    hi athar tahir

  7. Leah
    December 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    useless

  8. Jay
    December 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Thank you very much, i found the new way annoying and what was even more annoying was looking through all the options to find no way to do it. So again, thanks and Merry Christmas!

  9. صفاء القلوب
    January 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    استغفرالله

  10. صفاء القلوب
    January 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    im very nice we my english hav to hav

  11. Tilak
    January 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks for nice tweaking 😉

  12. Softtrauma
    January 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Now this is what I call customer service!!! Thank you !

  13. soukaina
    January 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    how are you every body,i\’m too glade thank you

  14. Nina
    February 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

    awesome! thanks!

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