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How to move Windows Live Messenger back to the System Tray?

Posted on August 10, 2009 by - 3,850 views

If you’re like me, you didn’t think anything about what happens to Windows Live Messenger when you upgraded your OS to Windows 7. You figured that it would be located in the same location in the System Tray, right?  Wrong.

Now with Windows 7, Messenger wants to be always open on the Taskbar just like your other applications, as shown below: .


So you may think, what’s the big deal?

Well, I for one do not want to lose any Taskbar real estate for this application. I have a tough enough time having 10-20 applications I have running at the same time and I don’t want to add 2 more to the Taskbar.

So how do we move Windows Live Messenger back to the System Tray?

1. Close Windows Live Messenger.

2. Click on the Start button and navigate to All Programs –> Windows Live, right Windows Live Messenger and click Open file location.


3. In Windows Explorer, right click  msnmsgr.exe and click Properties.

4. In the msnmsgr.exe Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab, select Run this program in compatibility mode for check box, select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and click OK.


4. Restart Windows Live Messenger and Voila !
   The Messenger icon is now in the System Tray  smile_nerd


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