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27. Move Windows Live Messenger Icon To Notification Area

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If you have installed Windows Live Messenger onto the Windows 7 operating system you will have noticed that the messenger icon sits in the taskbar now instead of in the notification area.

If you don't like the messenger icon being displayed in the taskbar you can easily make it appear in the notification area as it did in previous versions of windows.

To make the Windows Live Messenger icon appear in the notification area proceed as follows:

  1. If Windows Live Messenger is already open then Close it.
  2. Click the Start Button.
  3. On the Start Menu, Click All Programs, followed by Accessories and then Click on Windows Explorer.
  4. In the Windows Explorer window navigate to: C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger.
  5. Next Right Click on msnmsgr.exe and, from the drop down list, Click on Properties.
  6. In the Properties box Click on the Compatibility tab.
  7. Look for the Compatibility mode section and place a check mark (Tick) next to the Run this program in compatibility mode for box.
  8. Now Click the arrow to the right of the dialogue box to expand the operating system list.
  9. From this list choose Windows Vista and Click OK.
  10. When you restart Windows Live Messenger the icon will appear in the notification area. (see below).
  11. notification area