Categories
tips

Best way to minimize Windows apps to system tray – no software required

This is not a solution but a very easy and convenient alternative.

This is not a solution but a very easy and convenient alternative.

Recently I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and found out that VMware Workstation 11 is no longer compatible with Windows 10. VMware Workstation Player is the most stable virtual machine software around for Windows.

I discovered that the free VMware Workstation Player was sufficient for my needs. I missed the snapshots feature, but it’s something I can contend with.

But I hit a major UI hassle, all opened Virtual Machine screens can only be minimized to the taskbar instead of the system tray. This takes up space in my already packed taskbar

The Solution

This is not a solution but a very easy and convenient alternative.

Press the Windows key + Tab on your keyboard. Click on New Desktop. BAM you now have a desktop with a empty taskbar just like that.

Start all the apps (such as VMWare Workstation Player) that you need running in the background in this new desktop. Then switch over to your default desktop by hitting Windows key + Tab.

Now the background apps will run in the other desktop while your primary desktop taskbar is not cluttered by background apps.

Hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *