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Keeping a Clean Desktop With TrayEverything

I read about a new app called Tray Everything, which lets you minimize any program to your system tray, but I didn’t think I would really have a use for it. A few days later, though, I had a number of apps open including Windows Live Writer, Excel, IE, Firefox, my FTP program FileZilla, and an AIR app called Doomi (for to-do lists), which seemed to have no “minimize to tray” setting. I then realized that Tray Everything might just be something I needed after all. The clutter of having all the apps at the bottom of my screen was finally starting to bother me.

I then remembered Tray Anything and decided to give it a try. I was happy to find that the app is very simple to use. After you install it, you just double-click on any of your running applications listed to minimize them to the system tray. That’s it in a nutshell. But beyond that, you can also configure more advanced options like hiding certain apps’ icons from appearing in the tray, password-protecting apps, configuring hotkeys, or turning on auto-minimizing to the tray after an interval you specify. And if you plan on using Tray Anything to minimize a bunch of instances of the same application, you can tray them all with just one icon. (Did I just use “tray” as a verb? Hmm.)

According to the application’s homepage, Tray Anything works on Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, but I’ve been running it on Vista without any issues yet. You can download Tray Anything for yourself from here.

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