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How do I make a program run in background mode - preferably with it's icon in the bottom right status window?
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Question by:basica
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by:mcrider
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Check out the following microsoft KB articles:

HOWTO: Use the System Tray Directly from Visual Basic
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q176/0/85.ASP?LNG=ENG&SA=MSDN&FR=0 

HOWTO: Manipulate Icons in the System Tray with Visual Basic
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q162/6/13.asp?LNG=ENG&SA=MSDN&FR=0 


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by:aminerd
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You can use mcrider's code to put the icon in the tray. Then just hide the form (Form.Hide) When the tray icon is clicked or double clicked, show the form again.
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by:basica
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Excellent!  Thanks for both your help.  Who do I give the points to??  Perhaps if one of you could just tell me how to actually design an .ico file for the system tray - I've tried Photoshop, that won't do it.  Which is the best program to use?
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by:mcrider
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Go to www.shareware.com and do a search for "icon editor" (don't include the quotes) there are several shareware Icon editors there...


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mcrider earned 160 total points
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aminerd, the Hide is part of the example I pointed Basica to:

      Private Sub Form_Resize()
       'this is necessary to assure that the minimized window is hidden
       If Me.WindowState = vbMinimized Then Me.Hide
      End Sub
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by:basica
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Thanks.
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by:mcrider
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Thanks for the points! Glad I could help!


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