Best Free Application Minimizer

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Introduction

It seems that more people than ever are taking advantage of the multitasking features of modern computers, but with the PCs ability to handle more and more programs running simultaneously, managing all of those open programs can be confusing. Enter the application minimizer.

Each of the minimizer programs listed here allow you to send programs to the system tray instead of the task bar, making it easier to manage all your running programs.

 

Rated Products

TrayIt!  

It's simple and effective to place applications into the system tray.


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free
Portable and handles difficult windows with ease
Windows with no module information are not supported.
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PowerMenu  

Helps you minimize applications to the system tray via a right-click context menu.


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Uses context menu to give minimize options, has "Always on top" feature
No longer in active development
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4t Tray Minimizer Free  

Allows you to minimize programs to the system tray in multiple ways.


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Capable of minimizing windows in multiple ways, very easy to use.
License is for private use only.
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Comments

I just tested TrayIt quickly and work but it seem to be some issues. If I use the "place in tray" function and choose "hide window", then restore the window and close the program, the icon for the program still stay in the tray. So if I start the same program and want to minimize to tray again I suddenly have 2 icons for same program. It clutter the tray and create some confusion but don't seem to create any real problems.

I tried TrayIt on my 32-bit Win7 and it worked, but it's not working on my 64-bit Win 7 PC.
I think it only works on 32-bit systems.