Tray Everything

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 9, 2008
Updated • Oct 20, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Software applications that have an option to put them in the Windows system tray instead of the Windows Taskbar are providing users with options needed to manage the open applications and folders in Windows. Some applications on the other hand do not come with an option to minimize them to the windows system tray. The system tray is generally speaking the best place for applications that do not require lots of interaction and work either automatically or with shortcuts.

It would not really make sense to place the web browser in the system tray because a web browser is usually an active application that does not do much if the user is not interacting with it.

Tray Everything is a small application that comes in a portable and installation version. It can practically minimize every window to the system tray and provides a few interesting features like password protecting minimized windows or hiding them completely from the system tray.

The program displays all windows that are currently opened in its program interface and will minimize them to the system tray upon double-clicking them. Additional options are supplied to add a minimize to system tray button to all windows or to hijack the minimize button to always minimize to the system tray. This can be configured for all or only selected applications.

Another interesting feature of Tray Everything is the option to automatically minimize windows to the system tray after a certain period of time. Add hotkey support and compatibility with all Windows operating systems since Windows 95 but excluding Windows Vista and you got a versatile application for everyone who wants to clean up the open program windows on his computer.

Update: Tray Everything is no longer available for download. We suggest you download and use RbTray which can minimize any window to the Windows System Tray.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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