Windows tip: How to remove Skype from the taskbar
I love Skype. I use it daily and consider it to be one of the best applications installed on my system.
However, recent Skype versions started exhibiting a pretty annoying feature: they stick around on your Windows 7 Superbar (and possibly on the taskbar in earlier versions of Windows, but I haven't tested that). No matter how many times you click the X to close Skype's window, it still sits there, taking space on your Superbar and annoying the hell out of you.
Well, out of me anyway. I mean, there's an icon in the system tray already. Why do I need one in the Superbar when I have explicitly told Skype to go away? Do they think their users are too dumb to realize that clicking the X makes the program go away?
Anyway, I finally figured out how to change this; apparently, this is an "advanced" option. So you need to:
- Open Skype.
- Go to Tools > Options > Advanced.
- Uncheck Keep Skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in.
- Click Save, and you're done!
Now Skype will actually minimize to the system tray when you hit the X. Finally!