Make Windows Live Messenger icon appear in Windows 7 notification area

In Windows 7, unlike in Windows Vista, the Messenger icon does not stay in the Notification area, but in the central part of the taskbar. Most will find this behavior quite useful as it allows users to do various Messenger functions like changing status, sending IMs, etc. easily.


Make Messenger icon appear in Windows 7 system tray

But if you don’t like this behavior and if you’d like its icon to stay put in the notification area (what some people refer to as the system tray) you can do so as follows:


Close your Windows Live Messenger, right click and open its Properties box. Set the application to run in  Windows Vista compatibility mode.

That’s it!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Chelsea

    Thanks a million! This is exactly what I was looking for 🙂

  2. soso

    Thanx bro it was annoying me like for ever

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