Organize Windows Taskbar, Save Space by Minimizing Applications with TrayIt
The Need to Organize Windows Taskbar
Windows Taskbar is probably the most important place on a Windows machine. It is the area, which allows you to jump from one application to other and thus is constantly under the focus. If you are like me, you might be having a lot of simultaneous windows applications running and it often becomes difficult to navigate through them.
Further, there are many applications like you email client, your favorite stock ticker and many other things like that, which are required to be run the entire day, but they are not needed to be minimized / maximized / restored often.
In such a case, you might need a taskbar organizer, which can remove the clutter from your Windows taskbar and save you precious taskbar space.
TrayIt – A Useful TaskBar Organizer
TrayIt is a perfect solution to the above situation.
For each application on which TrayIt is applied, it creates a small icon in the System Tray. (System Tray area is located near the Clock). When application’s window is minimized this icon represents the application on the Taskbar instead of the regular “minimized rectangle”.
It is particularly useful for background tasks you typically keep running on your PC all day long like your favorite E-mail client, Real Player, etc..
How to Use TrayIt to Organize Windows Taskbar
It is tiny freeware application fro download. It is not even requried to be installed onto your machine. Simply create a new folder and place TrayIt!.exe and TrayIt!.dll there. When started, TrayIt! will show a dialog box with a short explanation how to use it. You may choose to load TrayIt! on system startup by selecting “Option” and checking “Load TrayIt! on StartUp” box.
You can temporarily put any window in the system tray by keeping down the <Ctrl> button when minimizing the window. To always keep window in the system tray when minimized, click with the RIGHT mouse button on the corresponding icon created in the tray in the previous step and check “Place in System Tray” in the popup menu.
Clicking with the right mouse button on the minimize icon will bring TrayIt! context menu for this window. Just check “Place in System Tray” in the popup menu to make window always go to the tray
Although the site mentions that TrayIt! runs on Windows 95/98/Me, NT/2000/XP, but it also can work with Windows Vista.