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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:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Go to Tools > Options > Advanced.
  3. Uncheck Keep Skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in.
  4. Click Save, and you're done!

Now Skype will actually minimize to the system tray when you hit the X. Finally!

Tags: annoyances, howtos, skype, superbar, windows