If you have used Window Live Messenger in Windows 7 you’ll have noticed that instead of being able to minimize to the System Tray the taskbar button is staying where it is. Fortunately, we advice from your helpful computer repairs geeks, and a simple tweak you can force Messenger to work the way you want and expect.
To achieve this we will be using the Compatibility Mode feature – this will trick the application into using the old behavior seen in previous versions of Windows.
How to force Messenger into the System Tray
To start – you need to close Windows Live Messenger completely – do this by right clicking on the icon and choosing *Close Window*
Next you go into the start menu and find the programme. In this example it would be Start, All Programmes, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger.
From this point we are going to utilize the Windows 7 right click feature and select *Properties*
Next click *Properties* which is on the compatibility tab on the right.
Check the *Run this programme in compatibility mode* box and choose *Windows Vista* then check apply. This is how we can trick Messenger into using the old behavior rather than the new Windows 7 style
When you reopen the programme it will still display itself in the taskbar just as it did before.
If you now close it by clicking the “X” in the top right hand corner, your system tray will be complete with a little blue/green man.
And now he is back just the way we want him.
Well, there you are! And you have found a glitch and could not achieve the desired result, call our computer repairs guys and they will be happy to help you out.
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