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Automatoin - setting up rules.

Taskba Helper logo Taskba Helper logoTaskbar Helper allows you to hide or minimize selected windows to the system tray automatically. To automate a specific window, you can set up a rule in the Rules dialog. Once the rule is set, the selected operation is performed on the selected window by default.

The Rules dialog lists all applications that are currently open on the desktop. Next to each application name there are four checkboxes:

  • Hide at startup
  • Show in SysTray on Hide
  • Hide On Minimize
  • Hide window from taskbar only

By ticking one or more checkboxes, you can automate the behavior of a specific application.


Let's say, for example, you work in several applications and want to keep Outlook Express running in the background. Too many open applications may create clutter in the taskbar that can make your computation annoying and unproductive. To avoid this, you can use Taskbar Helper to make Outlook Express run automatically on system start and show its icon in the system tray until you open the application.

To automate this rule, follow the steps below:

  1. Run Outlook Express.
  2. Double-click the Taskbar Helper icon in the system tray.
  3. On top of the main window, click the Set rules... button.
  4. Select Outlook Express.
    Rules dialog.


  5. Check Hide at startup and Show in SysTray On Hide.
    Select actions.


  6. Click OK.

Now Outlook Express runs automatically on the Windows start and minimizes to the system tray.

Outlook express is minimized to tray.


You can set up rules for other applications.