Iconic Tray

Latest version: 1.21
  Iconic Tray is a tiny taskbar utility which lets you minimize any window either to the system tray (notification area in Windows XP), or to a special new tray provided by Iconic Tray itself (see image). Whichever method you choose - bye bye those clogged up taskbars!
  Iconic Tray is very useful to hide seldom used or background applications which occupy your taskbar and hinder quick switching among those you use most often. Moreover, minimized applications use less processor time and memory - your system performance may even increase!
  Minimizing to the Iconic Tray and/or the system tray is easy: simply right-click (or middle-click) on the window's "Minimize" button. Anytime you want to view the minimized windows, just open the Iconic Tray icon to see a menu list - click on a window in the list and it's back on screen again. It really is that easy. Of course, if you had chosen to minimize to the system tray, just restore your window as you would any other tray icon.
  As small as it is, Iconic Tray will do this job admirably - and what's more, it's simple to configure too. The icon for Iconic Tray can appear either as a small button next to the system tray, or as an icon in the system tray itself. The preferences dialog allows you to change all the default settings, plus, you can define system wide hotkeys to carry out all the functions mentioned above.
Iconic Tray - a typical clogged task bar
A typical clogged taskbar. Some of these applications don't even need to be there since the user rarely needs to interact with them - they can perform their tasks just as well from the system tray!
Iconic Tray - the clean task bar
Here, we see Iconic Tray has cleaned up the taskbar. Microsoft Outlook Express and Internet Explorer are minimized to the system tray for quick access.
Iconic Tray - a menu list with minimized applications
And here, SQL Server tools and Teleport Pro have been sent to Iconic Tray - saving even more space! They don't use up space in either the taskbar or the system tray!

Note: click on the image to enlarge it.

System requirements
Iconic Tray requires Windows 9x/ME/NT4/2000/XP. There are no special requirements for processor performance and memory capacity. Special hardware is not required either. A 3-buttons mouse is preferable, but this is not mandatory.
What's new
Version 1.1
  • Fixed: Minimizing windows of applications written on Delphi.
  • Deleted: Some restriction of usage in Win9x.
Version 1.2
  • Added: Iconic Tray can appears as a button next to the system tray; ability to prevent Iconic Tray from displaying at all.
  • Fixed: Error in saving hotkeys configuration.
  • Fixed: Menu item highlight in Windows 2000.
  • Added: Ability to minimize/restore all windows simultaneously.
  • Replaced: New installation system. Thank to Nullsoft, Inc.
  • Added: Iconic Tray now auto detects a window restoring and closing itself, and modifies Iconic Tray, or the system tray accordingly.
  • Added: Dynamic icons are displayed in the system tray dynamically too.
  • Fixed: Sometimes MSIE closes itself when minimized.
  • Fixed: Some non-standard UI windows became unresponsive if they restored themselves.
  • Added: Iconic Tray can automatically disappear when there are no minimized windows.
  • Added: Self-repairing when Explorer (explorer.exe) crashes.
Version 1.21
  • Fixed: Sometimes (very rarely) Iconic Tray locks taskbar.
Download and License info

Iconic Tray is shareware. You may download free evaluation version of the software:

Version 1.21 (zip, 47 Kb): Version 1.21 (exe, 48 Kb): Version 1.22 x64 edition (zip, 66 Kb):

The software may be used and evaluated free of charge for a 14-day period. If you wish to use Iconic Tray after the evaluation period has expired, you must purchase the license ($14.95 per copy for a single user).

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