Windows Live Mail is an effective yet simple program from Microsoft for managing your email, calendars, feeds, contacts, and newsgroups. In Windows Vista it runs flawlessly and has nearly all of the features you would want and expect. However, when you try using it in Windows 7 the “minimize to system tray” option is just… missing! Let’s fix that.
Granted, with the new Windows 7 taskbar you don’t need as much space as you used to. But if Live Mail is something you leave running for an extended period of time then it makes real sense to get it off of the Taskbar when not in use.
In Windows Vista there was a context menu option to minimize Live Mail to the system tray, but in Windows 7 I guess Microsoft just forgot about it.
We can work around this by tricking Live Mail into thinking that we are running Windows Vista instead of 7, and here’s how.
How to Minimize Windows Live Mail To The System Tray For Windows 7
1. Right-Click the Windows Live Mail program icon on your Taskbar. In the menu Right-Click the smaller Windows Live Mail icon and then Select Properties.*
*Note Live Mail will need to be open or pinned to the taskbar for the icon to appear on the Taskbar.
2. In the properties window Click the Compatibility tab. Here Check the box labeled Run this program in compatibility mode for: and then Select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) from the drop menu below it. Once you have it Selected
3. Completely Close Windows Live Mail.
4. Start Live Mail back up and now you’ll see a Hide window when minimized option appear in the context menu for the system tray icon. Check this option and the program will no longer show up on the taskbar when minimized, instead it will just be available from the system tray.
You can use this Quick-Tip for other apps that behave the same as Windows Live Mail. Any questions, drop a note in the Forum.