How to minimize skype to tray in windows 7

Posted January 14th, 2011 in Zanimivosti and tagged , , , by Metod

*EDIT:* More recent skype versions have this functionality built-in. Check comments.

*Warning*: This solution seems to cause skype to crash in latest versions.

If you ever used skype on Windows 7 then you know that it is really annoying as it doesn’t minimize to tray when you click the close button. Luckily there is a solution. Just run it in compatibility mode for Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) or older. In a step-by-step:

1. Go to Phone folder in your skype installation folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone)
2. Right click on Skype.exe and choose Properties
3. In properties select Compatibility tab
4. Check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” checkbox and select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) or sth older
5. Click OK and you are done

Enjoy the better skype experience on Windows 7. 🙂

4 Responses so far.

  1. Frank says:

    Minimize to tray is very useful feature for any window, not only for Skype.

    I use Actual Window Minimizer (http://actualtools.com/windowminimizer/) to minimize any windows to system tray. It adds a new button (minimize to tray) to title bar of all windows. And also allows minimize applications into program’s menu.. very usefull tool.

  2. anon says:

    Or you could do it right…

    Skype… Options… Advanced… Untick ‘Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in”

    If you’d like free alternatives to Frank’s spam, try nuonsoft shell enhancer or one of the many others.

  3. Anton M. says:

    Actually this option is in “tools > options > advanced” & at least for me it does nothing, the main window does not close.