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    systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Can someone please tell me how to configure Office 2002 (running Win XP Pro) so the programs run in the systray instead of showing on the taskbar?

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    I do NOT think that you can, the only ones you want there are those that are fired up at startup and/or that you always need. I can not think why I would ALWAYS need a Office program running.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Hi Dave,

    Actually, since I'm at the computer for what seems like 24/7, and my business is typesetting, I am always in and out of Word, Excel, Publisher, IE, and Outlook (along with other programs such as Quark, QuickBooks, WordPerfect, etc.) throughout the day. It would save me time if the icons were available to click on in the systray (like WordPerfect provides) versus leaving the programs open, taking up valuable taskbar space. Going to start or enabling the desktop toolbar to get to the program icons are not timesavers.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Teresa,

    For what you're trying to do, it sounds like using the Quick Launch area of the Taskbar would work just as well, but I'm not familiar with Win XP. In Win 98 or ME, you just need to drag an icon (shortcut) from the desktop to the area of the Taskbar to the right of the Start button.
    Hope this helps.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Cam,

    That saves clicks and time (which is all good), but what I'd like is to have some of the programs (in particular, Outlook) running only minimized to the systray so that my reminders and email notification still pop up.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Hi Teresa:
    I'm not sure whether it can be done, but this sounds more like a registry hack. Perhaps you should pose the question on the WinXP board.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Thanks, Phil. I'll do that. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Ok, we have WordPerfect 10 here, so NOW tell us how it is done. We can NOT find any information it and it does NOT work on this computer by default.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Hi Dave,

    In WordPerfect the item is called the Desktop Application Director (DAD). It is a series of buttons that starts the WordPerfect Office 2002 applications and is placed within the Windows taskbar. It provides quick access to the suite of applications, but they are not running. You must click on a button to run the program you want.

    I'm actually looking for a way to have something similar for the MS Office 2002 applications, but I would like to see the ability to have a program running and minimize it to the taskbar (such as MSN Messenger, etc.).

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Have a look at Tray Minimizer by Idyle Software.

    I haven't used it before, but it looks like it might do what you need.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Here are two utilities I use that will minimize clutter. However, I don't know of a utility that will have Office applications run from the taskbar. You can reduce taskbar clutter by searching the Lounge for "Fighting Desktop Polution" (but that only works for Word).

    TrayManagerV2_0(traymgr).zip
    http://www.zdnet.com/downloads/stori...,,000XHN,.html

    TrayManager 2 manages the tray under all versions of 32-bit Windows.

    By Steven E. Sipe
    November 7, 2000

    TrayManager lets you control the overabundance of icons in your system tray by creating a submenu for the icons you use less
    frequently.

    TrayLauncher.exe
    http://pages.infinit.net/kaufman/apps.htm
    Lets you put all the commonly used applications or any other type of document in a nifty popup menu accessible from the system tray. Has a very clean inteface and uses few system resources, this app is an excellent replacement for Active Desktop's quicklaunch toolbars, which use up valuable space on the status bar.

    Probably should have posted these on Software finds. Hope this helps.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't adding the required programs to the Office Shortcut Bar or to the Quick Launch Toolbar achieve essentially the same result? Granted the applications arent necessarily 'running', but they're still readily accessible via a single mouse click. Not having programs running when they're not in use also keeps the system resource usage to a minimum.
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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Thank you Bryan and Phil. I'm looking into the programs.

    Hi, macropod.

    Adding the programs to the Quick Launch Toolbar doesn't really help me because I need the programs running. If the programs are not running, they're not cluttering the taskbar anyway; and adding them to the Quick Launch Toolbar actually creates clutter that wouldn't be there otherwise.

    I need Outlook running to pop up my reminders (my brain) and notify me when email arrives; and when I want to copy text from another program and paste into Word, Word has to be running *before* I copy in order to paste.

    I appreciate all the input. Thanks everybody.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Hi Teresa,

    A small point, but it might make a difference:
    You say "when I want to copy text from another program and paste into Word, Word has to be running *before* I copy in order to paste". Actually that's not quite true. Word has to be running before you paste, but not before you copy. You can mark the material you want to copy, be it a block of text, a grahic or whatever, copy it to the clipboard, then start word, open a document and paste it into that document. You can even then open Excel and paste the same material into an Excel workbook without having to do a new copy in the meantime.

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    Re: systray (Office 2002 / Win XP Pro)

    Adding insult to injury, I found two more. Haven't tried either:

    Actual Windows Minimizer (Tucows) (CNET)
    For: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
    Cost: US$12.95 or free in exchange for services
    <UL>Actual Windows Minimizer lets you minimize any application to a small icon in the System Tray or at any Screen Edge. ... To minimize a window to System Tray or to a Screen Edge, simply click the minimize button in the window title bar as usual.[/list]Minimizer-XP 1.0.1027 (Tucows)
    For: Windows XP
    Cost: US$12.95
    <UL>Once activated, Minimizer-XP adds a new 'Minimize to System-Tray' button to any application's window. Click that button to minimize the current application's window to the System-Tray. To maximize a window, just click the windows icon in the System-Tray, or, right-click the 'Minimizer-XP' icon in the System-Tray and choose 'Restore Window'.[/list]I don't know if these things really work, but I imagine they were a lot of fun to program!

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