minimize to try-1.pngI love the convenience of being able to minimize apps to the System Tray… especially when you’re using an OS other than Windows 7, which means each Taskbar icon takes up a significant amount of room. In the past we’ve written about some great tools such as DM2 and TrayDevil that let you minimize a window to the System Tray, but they are often bundled with a lot of other features. Sometimes it’s best to just keep things simple.

Enter RBTray. This free app is portable, works on 32/64-bit machines, and is just as intuitive as you’d expect it to be. Once you execute the app you may question whether it’s actually running since there is no indication (there’s no Taskbar or System Tray icon). To test it out just right-click on the minimize button in the upper-right corner of an app. You should see it get minimized to the System Tray. As you’d expect clicking on the tiny icon brings the app back up.

So why choose this app over some of the alternatives? Not only is the app simple, but it performs extremely well. To put this into perspective it uses a mere 0.5MB (516KB to be exact) of memory when running. In fact this uses the smallest amount of memory out of all the non-system processes on my machine. Extremely handy and a minimal hit to your resources… making it a must have app.

RBTray Homepage (Windows only; 32/64-bit; Freeware)

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  1. I have been using TrayIt! for the past couple of years, its a great minimalist minimize to tray program. [teamcti.com]

  2. David Dashifen Kees

    RBTray is great! I’ve been running it for a while and my only complaint is that it doesn’t work with iTunes. Granted, iTunes can minimize it self to the tray so it’s a minor complaint, really. It’s an excellent piece of software!

  3. Thanks Ryan for yet another tool to add to my ever growing list.

    One of my favorite tools for this is PowerMenu which can be found at [abstractpath.com] Not only does it allow you to minimize to tray but it gives you transparency options and much more. It all works with contest menus on top of the current window. It is very easy to use and has been tried and tested for many years…

    • The transparency apps are a funny thing. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had an app installed that is capable of adjusting the transparency of a window, but I can’t remember a time where I’ve actually used the feature. :)

    • The only problem with Power Menu is, it’s not compatible with 64 bit systems. I still use it on my WinVis32 machine but am looking for a similar option for the Win7 laptop.

      There was some talk on the site about a Power Menu version 2, but no news there, from what I can see, in almost three years.

  4. Doesn’t work on Adobe CS5 family

  5. RBTray is just amazing! I love applications like this. No instalation, just a portable file, and it does just what you want. Nice elegant and clean.

    I have been looking for a ‘minimize to tray’ app like this for years ! Finally found what I am looking for, amazing!

  6. Works! Thank you.
    At last I can minimize Word to tray.

  7. Not bad….I like 4T Tray Minimizer — [4t-niagara.com] — better (it has more controls).

    Just like 4t though it doesn’t do quite a few applications, which is A.P.I.T.A.

  8. I’m looking for Minimize to Tray app that allows the minimized programms to flash or bring some kind of notification when an event occurs. This would be helpful for chat windows etc.

  9. Just googled for a ‘minimize to tray’ solution and got this site. Tried the App and it does the job. No installer, no menus, not another icon on the tray.

    Simple and effective. Thanks for the tip.

  10. Legend, was looking for this!!

  11. Can this minimize applications such as games? because at full screen you wont see a “minimize button”. If i use “window button + m”, I want some application to minimize at the system tray. Is there an advanced setting for it?

  12. Excellenttttttttttttttttt work……… :)))))))

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