Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Hide Live Messenger from the Windows 7 Taskbar

I've just installed Windows Live Messenger and it annoyingly sits in the taskbar rather than the system tray like on Vista and XP.

The trick is to tell Live Messenger to run in Vista Compatibility mode.
  1. Ensure Windows Live Messenger is not running.
  2. Go to Start Menu and locate the Windows Live Messenger shortcut.
  3. Right click on the Windows Live Messenger shortcut and select Properties.
  4. Select the Compatibility tab.
  5. Tick the check box for Run this program in compatibility mode for under “Compatibility Mode”, and then select Windows Vista from the drop down list.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Run Windows Live Messenger.

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