Windows Visual Tweaks: Remove Start and Send Applications to the System Tray
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jan 2009
You can tweak and customize your machine as much as you want, one thing remains unchanged: the Start button with its Microsoft logo in the bottom left corner of the screen, and a wide array of taskbar buttons depicting all the applications you have currently opened. Here are two software applications that will deal with those issues.

The thing about the start button is that even though it is useful, you do not really need it taking up precious space on the screen. From a personal perspective I can say that nobody I know uses the mouse to click on it when the Microsoft logo is so boldly displayed on the keyboard (perhaps not on the pink keyboard for blondes). With that in mind, I present to you Start Killer – which as the name suggests will kill the Start button in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Beta 1.

Advertising

Another way of cleaning up your taskbar would be to simply send some of the applications you have running on your machine to the system tray. Some software programs already have this feature, all you have to do is poke around the settings, but the majority of them do not and this is where Minime will come in handy.

To my mind there are tow situations when Minime will come in handy: when you cannot be bothered to check if a software application has the “Minimize to Tray” option and when the application does not have such an option and you are sick and tired of seeing the tab in the taskbar.

Keep in mind that Minime is all about getting you to focus and saving you precious screen realty. What this means is that freeing up the taskbar will not clutter the system tray. All the minimized apps that no longer appear in the taskbar will be featured in Minime’s context menu.

For the Windows XP user we have some additional tweaks to offer: how to modify the size of taskbar items and how to enjoy the Vista sidebar in XP.

If you would like to get Start Killer 3.0, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Minime 1.8, a download location is available here.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Start Killer, Minime
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 26 Jul 2017
Top-notch real-time protection against viruses doesn’t have to cost money, not if you go with the recently introduced Kaspersky Free antivirus solution. It may not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it nicely covers all the basics and...
By George Norman on 31 Jul 2017
Microsoft has a new keyboard to offer: the new, premium quality Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. If you’re not familiar with it, then keep on reading and you’ll uncover pretty much everything there is to know about this keyboard.
By George Norman on 09 Aug 2017
Android started out as an underdog, as the mobile operating system that nobody took seriously. Big-name tech companies laughed it off and critics said it would fail miserably, but Android proved them all wrong and become the powerhouse that it is today.
By George Norman on 31 Jul 2017
Since tomorrow is the first of the month, then it means it’s time to take a look at all the new video games that are going to be released this August.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Windows Visual Tweaks: Remove Start and Send Applications to the System Tray
HTML Linking Code