I noticed with Windows Live Messenger but Outlook is the same issue.. how do i get active 'background' programs out of my taskbar? They're clutter. It seems insane that MS would release a Windows with that removed.
I spent the last two hours trying to get live mail to run in the background ... here is what I'll be posting to my blog:
Run Windows Live Email in Background or minimized to tray (hidden icons)
Can't be done under Windows 7.... that's what I finally concluded after
a couple hours of research and testing all the possibilities I could find.
This means that if you want to monitor your pop3 email account you
MUST keep the huge Windows Live Email button open on your task bar
all the time.
I considered this UNACCEPTABLE and searched for alternative options
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Maybe they are thinking of or talking about Outlook Express which doesn't exist in 7. You have the option of using WL Mail which minimizes to the Taskbar, no problem @ all. Outlook (part of MS Office) also minimizes to the Taskbar w/ no problem.
I have both +, of course, Hotmail & no problem leaving them running & minimized on the Taskbar... if that is what you mean by "in the background" hen there is no problem & it works (does it) just fine.
We don't want it minimzed to task bar... we want it running all the time but out of the way.. minimized to hidden icons folder... which is like the quick launch meun under Vista. Outlook express does that easil but as you correctly pointed out, Outlook express does not run on Win 7 (without some complicated tweaks to force it).
Conclusion... under windows 7 you run Windows Live Mail - not Outlook - and Live Mail will not minimize to hidden icons... there is no way to keep it running and out of the way --so you need a third party program that polls your email accounts and tells you when you have new email...that does get out of the way -- in the hidden icons menu.
You can minimize outlook to the system tray (by the clock) in windows 7. Its actually quite easy.
go to the little arrow by the clock in the system tray and click it.
in the window that opens you should see an icon for MS outlook. Right click this icon.
Click "Hide when minimized"
now minimize outlook, it should minimize to the system tray at this point.
Minimize Outlook 2007 to system tray instead of taskbar Reason:
By default windows 7 will not hide any icons
Click on the small arrow besides the clock
Click on the link named "Customize"
Besides microsoft outlook select "Show icons and notification'
Now you will see an icon for outlook in the system tray
right click the outlook icon on the system tray and select the option named" hide when minimized"
then try to minimize Outlook.
And its done.