Minimize the windows explorer exe into system tray

Posted on 2012-12-26
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Hi Experts

            I want to minimize the windows explorer exe in system tray when my system start up.Please tell me the way to do so.Source code will be helpful.

Thanks in Advance
Question by:davinder101

Expert Comment

ID: 38721005
The solution to your problem may lie in the msconfig utility.  Go to run and type msconfig and delete all unwanted startup and services from running.  Should fix your problem.
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ID: 38721013
>>I want to minimize the windows explorer exe in system tray

Is that an option in explorer?  (It isn't in mine).  If not then you can't do it.
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I don't think it is possible. At least not in the default Windows' configuration.
You may replace your shell with a different one, this is usually a thing like "TweakUI", or something similar.

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Problem is If I have a dialog based MFC application I will able to Minimize it in the system tray by using the following code:

                NOTIFYICONDATA niData;
      niData.cbSize = sizeof(NOTIFYICONDATA);
      niData.hWnd = m_hWnd;
      niData.uID = 1;
      niData.uCallbackMessage = WM_TRAY_ICON_NOTIFY_MESSAGE;
      niData.hIcon = m_hIcon;
      niData.uFlags = NIF_MESSAGE | NIF_ICON | NIF_TIP;
      wcscpy_s(niData.szTip, 127, _T("Tray Me !"));

      Shell_NotifyIcon(NIM_ADD, &niData);

In the same way I want to open the windows explorer on startup through program and  when user closes it it  will minimize into system tray. Is it possible programatically.

Thanks In Advance
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AndyAinscow earned 750 total points
ID: 38722884
>> Is it possible programatically.

To repeat myself.  If it is not an option built into windows explorer (and it isn't in my op systems) then no.

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Pramod Bugudai earned 750 total points
ID: 38723114
I am agree with AndyAinscow's comment :
>> Is it possible programatically.

You can make a windows explorer type application from VC++, which can listen to your commands from your programming code.

Here is a link.


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