PowerMenu – Minimizing application to system tray

This is one of my favorite utility tools. PowerMenu is the collection of extensions to the window control menu that comes in handy when I work with many applications at a time. This tool will add more options to the Windows control menu in addition to standard restore/move/size/minimize/maximize menu items.

Power Menu

Here is the listing of extensions:

Priority > Changes the priority of the window’s parent process
Transparency > Changes the transparency level of the window (Windows 2K/XP only)
Always On Top > Makes the window sit on top of other windows even if it doesn’t have focus.
Minimize To Tray > Remove the window from the task-list and places the window’s on the system tray.

Usually, my taskbar always filled with many applications every time. Some of these “always needed” applications, like Explorer, CVS client, TextPad, etc., remains open all the time. That results in a very cluttered taskbar. So with the PowerMenu tool, I can move applications to the system bar and make my taskbar cleaner and more manageable.

Tool Name: PowerMenu
Url: PowerMenu

I have also created a small batch file and placed it into the Startup folder so I don’t have to run it every time. The batch file contains following command:

"E:UtilitiesPowerMenuPowerMenu.exe" -hideself on

Thanks Thong Nguyen for this handy tool!!

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