We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
One pesky little computer problem is when you run a program most of the time the computer is up, like an email program, but it minimizes to the Task Bar and clutters up the place with its icon. For 'permanent' programs that run all of the time, the better routine is to stick the icon in the SysTray (the area just to the right of the Task Bar) and leave the Task Bar area for current projects.
Some programs have a setting in their Options that tells them to minimize to the SysTray, so check that first.
To solve this little poser, we have a program with the cheek-pinchingly cute name of Trayconizer. It's not promised to work on every program, but it's worked on the three I've thrown at it.
Unzip the file to its own 'Trayconizer' folder in a place you'll later be able to locate. This is, if you put the Trayconizer folder in a 'Tools' folder, remember it for the next step.
To set up a program for trayconizing, go to the Start Menu, find its icon, right-click on it and open the Properties.
In the 'Target' box, put the full path to Trayconizer before the path to the program.
(capital letters are only used for clarity in the following)
For example, if you placed the Trayconizer folder in a 'Tools' folder, the path would be:
C:\Tools\Trayconizer\Trayconizer.exe <existing path to program>
If you stuck it in a folder with a blank space in the name, like 'Program Files', you need to put the whole path in quotes:
"C:\Program Files\Trayconizer\Trayconizer.exe" <path to program>
If there's an error in the path, Windows will let you know when you click 'OK' to close the box. If you get stuck, open the Properties of the Trayconizer icon, highlight the 'Location', copy it to memory with Ctrl-C, paste it into the 'Target' box with Ctrl-V.
Now when you minimize the program the icon should go to the SysTray. Single-click on it to get a few options, double-click to pop the program back open.
I have been using a similar widget
for quite a while.
Con: runs all the time (well, is available - apparently intercepts "minimise" requests and right-click of systray icons)
Pro - setting up an app is lots easier: start it, then hold CTRL down while clicking apps "minimise" button (if it doesn't have one, right-click the taskbar button to get a "minimise" button). Select options (eg always-start-minimised or minimise-on-request).
Note both are several years old. I still run XP, not sure if TrayIt will work with Win7.
Looks nice, John! I'll take it out for a spin sometime. The one real trouble with Trayconizer is that it takes a double-click on the SysTray icon to re-maximize it, so if TrayIt can do a single-click, that's a winner.
Personally, I like having the icons in the Win7 taskbar but I like that there are options.
Apropos of - well, nothing in your article -- I have recently run into a very bad piece of malware. It's called Defense Center, which is as Orwellian as "health care reform". I had clicked to a website and this item came as a pop-up wanting to "scan my computer".
Now of course I knew better than to let it do so. I immediately hit Ctrl-Alt-Del to get the Task Manager and shut down Internet Explorer. As far as I knew, I did not ever click in any of the intruder's window elements. But when I restarted, the (insert very bad language) thing was operating. I tried manual removal tools, malwarebytes and ccleaner to no avail. By coincidence, my dying motherboard finally did die and I wound up replacing the computer. I wasn't able to salvage any data from the drive but I don't think that was Defense Center. Nor do I think Defense Center did in the board -- it had malfunctioned for months.
Please note -- there was never an installation procedure and the Windows tool that's supposed to get approval for programs didn't operate at any time.
Money point, and I'm ready to hear Doc has a better answer -- if one of the (insert very bad language) scans comes up on a web page, turn the power off. No keyboard, no mouse, no nothing -- power off at once.