Show Windows Live Messenger Icon in Tray on Windows 7

Problem:

Windows Live Messenger on Windows 7 shows up in the Taskbar when you close or minimize the window. Here is a solution to show it in the System Tray instead.

Solution:

  1. Go to the Windows Live Messenger shortcut (on your desktop or start menu) and right-click and show properties
  2. Click on the Compatibility tab and select the option to run it in Windows Vista compatibility mode.
  3. If the icon is hidden in the system tray, you need to customize the Icons to show Windows Live Messenger
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