Ok, so Windows 7 has a fancy new task bar, and Windows Live Messenger shows up on the task bar even when it’s closed. It definitely looks fancy, and it will help folks like my parents and grandparents find messenger on their computer. I love that I don’t have to explain “that tiny little chess piece in the right hand corner of the screen, no further down, no all the way down, near the clock, no to the left of the clock”. Yes, I do this often.
However, for me, and probably a lot of power users that take advantage of the fact that Windows can task-switch and have plenty of windows open, you really don’t want Live Messenger to take up a section of that, when you’re used to it sitting right in the corner out of the way. You can get that back to the way it was in Vista/XP simply by running it in compatibility mode.
If you want to get Live Messenger back into the System Tray, you can customize that by following these steps:
- Simply close Live Messenger by clicking on it and closing it. Make sure it’s not minimized, but actually closed, so it doesn’t even appear in your Task Manager as a running program
- Then browse to c:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger (this could be c:\program files, without the (x86) if you’re running a 32-bit operating system)
- Right-click on msnmsgr.exe and choose properties.
- Under the Compatibility tab, choose to run this under Windows Vista (SP2) compatibility mode:
- Click OK, and then run messenger again
Now Live Messenger is sitting back in the system tray. Don’t forget to customize the hiding feature, so it doesn’t hide on you for not using it!!
So, it’s easy to get Live Messenger back in the system tray.