Due to the new design behavior guideline for Windows Taskbar on Windows 7, more and more software application has now making its icon to locate and stick at Windows 7 Taskbar when minimized, instead of minimizing to system tray (notification area). The most common example in Windows Live Messenger, and now Skype 4.2 (download Skype 4.2 Beta) follows the footstep.

In Skype 4.2 or any newer versions, Skype will be minimized to Taskbar, as an icon or button, when the Skype main window is closed. In previous versions, such as Skype 4.1, 4.0 and 3.0, Skype is typically minimized to system tray, which now known as notification area, right beside the clock on Windows Taskbar when the main window is closed.

Leaving the Skype program running on Windows Taskbar is not very useful to many users, especially notifications alert will pop up informing user when there is new incoming call, instant message (IM), files, contacts, events and etc. The Taskbar icon or button is prone to mistakenly or accidentally click and activate, and the Skype window is also subjected to rotation when user jumping around tasks with Alt+Tab or Win+Tab keyboard shortcuts.

In order to make Skype minimize and hide its icon into notification area or system tray when minimized, users can use the same trick to minimize Windows Live Messenger MSN Messenger to system tray in Windows 7. Here’s how to minimize Skype to notification tray on Windows 7.

Updated Skype Built-In Method

  1. In Skype, go to Tools -> Options.
  2. Then, click on Advanced tab to go to Advanced settings.
  3. Uncheck and untick the Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in option.

    Hide and Remove Skype from Taskbar

  4. Click Save button, and the Skype button or icon will be removed from Taskbar on minimize.

Note: You won’t see the option if the Skype is in compatibility mode.

Compatibility Mode Method

  1. Exit or quit from Skype program.
  2. Right click on Skype icon on Desktop or Skype shortcut in Start Menu, and select Properties.

    Skype Properties

  3. Go to Compatibility tab.
  4. Under “Compatibility Mode’ section, check and tick the checkbox for Run this program in compatibility mode for: option.
  5. In the below drop-down box, select Windows Vista (Service Pack 2).

    Run Skype in Vista Compatibility Mode to Minimize to System Tray in Win7

  6. Click OK.
  7. Start the Skype program, and now it should minimize to system tray.

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  • sam

    When you are signed in to Skype, the Skype logo is displayed in the Windows taskbar. You can also see your Skype status icon displayed in the system tray at the bottom of your screen.

    If you close the Skype window, the Skype logo and status icon still appear in both the Windows taskbar and the system tray.

    To remove Skype from both the Windows taskbar and the system tray, right click the status icon in the system tray and select Quit. This completely closes the application and signs you out, which means you will no longer receive instant messages or calls through Skype.

    You can change your settings so that Skype is removed from the Windows taskbar when you close the application window by clicking X. This doesn’t sign you out, so you can still receive calls and instant messages while Skype runs in the background. You will still receive notifications for any IMs you receive in the system tray.

    To do this:

    Sign in to Skype.
    Select Tools > Options….

    Select Advanced > Advanced Settings.
    Uncheck the box next to Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in.
    Click Save.
    Now every time you close the application window, Skype should no longer display in the Windows taskbar. If it does, then you may have to change the program properties. To do this:

    Click the Start menu.
    On Windows 7/Vista: Select Computer.
    On Windows XP: Select My Computer.
    Open Local Disk (C:)
    On Windows 7/Vista: Select Program Files(x86).
    On Windows XP: Select Program Files
    Locate and open the folder named Skype.
    Open Phone.
    Right-click Skype.exe and select Properties.
    In the Compatibility tab, uncheck the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for:

  • Parvej

    I set mode to Windows 7..Worked for me..Thanks !

  • Tuyen Hoang

    Thanks ! Thats useful !

  • Armando Astreta

    Thank you so much!

  • aFriend

    So it didn’t work for me. But i have a found a simple workaround, you can use for all programs acting like this. With the program “rbtray” you can minimize to tray all programs you like. Works like this: on the minimize button of skype, just click the RIGHT mouse button, and you are good. +++++++++

  • Martin

    Thanks. Really dislike that they aren’t making these options more obvious in Skype.

  • Carl

    Updated procedure for the Built-in Method: If you click Minimize Skype goes to the taskbar, but if you click Close (either Menu Skype->Close or the red X window control) it goes to the notification area (system tray).

    Windows 7 Pro fully patched
    Skype 6.2

  • Anibal Rosario

    Thanks! Fast solution.

  • LogoS

    Thanks! It helped me a lot

  • NG

    Thanks so much, finally.. -__-

  • DerHansemann

    Thanks, easier to find the answer hre then in the skype options :D

  • buythiscomputer

    Not working anymore it seems !

    • sy

      Seems to work fine for me (Windows 7 Pro, Skype 5.10).

  • hemant


  • √2

    Thanks! I don’t need the Skype window on the taskbar since I use Pidgin.

    • skypeuser

      Then do not comment here

  • Ashraf

    Thank you I was looking for this

  • wasim

    thanks i was searching for this

  • Shlomi.O

    10x!! helps.

  • Thanks a lot!

  • Michael

    The ‘Updated Skype Built-In Method’ did not work for me but ‘Compatibility Mode Method’ did work.
    Running Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 with latest updates and latest Skype installed.


  • Stormjack

    Thanks! Compatibility mode did the trick for me.

  • Zohar


  • Thanks for the tip, it was obvious, but I didn’t find the checkbox in the first place.

  • Don

    Once you uncheck the option, “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in”, it works just like before… you must click the X (CLOSE) on the Skype window and NOT the Minimize button as the original post says…. This drove me nuts for about 10 minutes because after carefully following the instructions I could not get it off the taskbar…I even tried right clicking on the taskbar icon and choosing “Close Window” which only resulted in actually closing the app… go figure :) I finally tried clicking on the X within the app window which is actually the “CLOSE” button and it worked!! Still opened and in the notification bar!! Whoo hooo!

  • kama

    thanks but this is silly that you have to do all this, why dont they just give you the option to min to taskbar OR to tray, be much easier for new users

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  • Lalit Mali

    This was easy.
    We (especially me) have got so used to searching for solutions on the internet rather than trying ourselves!

  • Legendary. Thank you.

  • Germanguy

    thanks a lot. great help!

  • Santosh

    Thank you very much ! you saved me from my manager
    again thanks so so so so much

  • Richnz

    Cheers that annoyed me!

  • Anzaar

    Thanks …..this was a great help…

  • ada

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • negro 440

    buen aporte grax

  • Perfect, thanks. It’s been annoying me for weeks now ;)

  • Wendel

    The Vista compatibility trick doesn’t work… at some computers, Skype crashes when this compatibility is activated.

    Using the option into the Skype settings is much more secure and correct.

  • For some reason this won’t work with me, I can’t see the checkbox “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in”

    (and yes, I have followed the 2nd part and activated the “Vista SP2” compatibility mode”… maybe a restart ?

    Any advice anyone ?

    • Alex

      One or the other, not both :)

  • Aaron

    brilliant! thanks

  • Thanks for the tip, I was very much annoyed with skype sitting in my taskbar.

  • Aiki

    Thanks for this tip. I was getting so annoyed I uninstalled skype until a friend pointed me at this. I absolutely hate having rubbish sititng there annoying me in my toolbar, I have no idea what the idiots a skype think they are doing causing all this ill will towards their progam for no good reason. Really dumb.

  • Jhuna

    Finally!!! Thanks much for this! :D

  • BobKat519

    Ahhh… Finally! Thanks!!! Windows 7 32bit.

  • Tnx for the info.

  • Gaurav Khanna

    Thanks a ton………………………. It was one of the big problem. Thanks mate!

  • Arnaud

    Sorry but neither the first solution, nor the other one are working. I'm on Seven 64 bits, by the way.

  • Manendra

    i am wondering whether this is possible or not for skype thank q for tutorial it worked for me. Cheers dude.

  • burak

    thanx reis.

  • mobile phone blog

    my Skype 4.2 doesn't has this option… how to make it???

  • Kang

    I tried the first option and it didn't work, but then tried the second (specifying WinXP SP3 as my compatibility OS) and it worked. No button in the superbar but the icon is still in the notifications area. Perfect! Thanks for the tips :)

    • Chrispy1

      The compatibility tricked worked for me for awile but now has stopped working tried other setting but still not minimizing at start-up

  • Danfers

    thanks it works for me. nice to have a people like you that helps others..

    :) :)

    • for realsies

      Thank you! That was driving me insane and somehow I was too dumb to actually look in Skype's options before googling a fix… :)

  • bullyou

    These tips sound really helpful, only I have neither

    1. "keep Skype in the taskbar when I'm logged in", nor

    2. a "compatability" section in the properties. All I have is "General" and "Shortcut".

    I searched high and low for the paths you suggested, and maybe I'm stoopid, but I just don't seem to get it. If anyone has any suggestions, that would be really nice!


  • Daniel

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you :-)

  • Aamir

    It works – thank you!

  • Catzie

    Hi, thanks for this. Skype always annoyed me because it always stays on the task bar even when I close the window. I guess should explore the options more. lol

  • mrgoos

    Thank a lot!

    Really helped me.

  • zx

    now with the new version of skype neither of these options work on w7

    • Ignacio

      Actually, the first one does. I have Windows 7 and by unchecking the taskbar option on advance settings did the trick (formatting and setting everything back as it was before).

  • M. Tahir Aziz

    Thanks for helping………………. It worked for me . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Arthur


  • Jack

    Thanks for mentioning Skype's built-in way of minimizing to system tray instead. Half a year ago it worked with running it in compatibility mode, but my Skype now crashes when running in "Vista SP2"-mode. Alas, the built-in way is a lot more elegant solution! :)

  • Saduga

    Thank you very much! That was very annoying =)


    Excellent info, especially the updated method. As others have said, hiding the taskbar window when you click the X on the window should be the default setting!

  • Hide Windows

    Thank very nice tip. This was so irritating.

  • LA40

    Thanks for the nice tutorial.

    It work very well …till now.

    Today I started Skype and it performed auto update (without asking!!!!)

    After the installation it crashed and I was unable to to run it anymore – just appears for a second and then terminates. I reinstalled Skype as advised on their troubleshooting page (damn that Skype – it has poisoned the registry by scattering more than 50 entries at unimaginable places).

    Anyway, it worked, …until I applied the compatibility trick.

    Seems that the Skype developers have broken it.

    • 88scythe

      Exactly the same problem here: Skype started crashing, had to manually clean up a fuckton of registry keys and reinstall it and run it in normal mode (not compatibility); but now I can't get it into the systray bar which sucks monkey balls.

      • Illés

        Yeah, the same here. Any idea how to get rid of that taskbar stuff?

        • Illés

          Oh. Always keep Skype Icon in Notifications area


          1. Click on arrow up in notifications area
          2. Click on customize
          3. In "Behaviours" drop down next to Skype icon select "Show icon and notifications"
          4. Click on "Save"

  • buterbrot

    Thanks for this tutorial!!!

  • brian

    Thank god. I was reedy to ditch Skype completely because I was so pissed.

  • funny jokes

    finaly … i was so angry of skype. Tnx for the guide.

  • eodeo

    thank you! compatibility mode broke latest skype (15 may 2011) from even starting up and I hate skype or any other program i dont want to occupy my superber without my permission.

    Great tutorial!

  • Thanks for this. Should be set as that by default.

  • Dave

    These skype people are such idiots.

    so many people do not like these stupid changes. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.

    • Finnbogi

      @Dave: This is general Windows behavior and Skype is just keeping up. At least they DO provide the option (method 1). They are also keeping track of Microsoft's guidelines which is more than you can say about most other devs who create trayapps.
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511448…. : the MS way

      • Cadde

        "Atleast they DO provide the option…"

        They didn't in the past. They just assumed that everyone is a fucking moron and can't find already started applications in the systray or whatever.

        Either way, i hate Skype updates!

        Especially those where you have no option but to update because skype just assumes you wanted it in the first place.

        This is not the first time i have thought to myself "fuck Skype, i will never use it again" but then i realize that changing IM method means forcing ALL my friends to switch to something that does what Skype does (Chat and VOIP, on mobile phones as well) and that would be a real pain to do with all the hundreds of people involved.

        In short, my best option would be to hire hitmen to force the Skype owners to fucking stop messing with shit people like.

  • Laugh

    Thanks alot!!! So annoying… yet so easy to solve.

  • rob

    Thank you very much, this tip was very useful to me.

  • blabla



    thankyou SO MUCH. It was so annoying

  • O1355

    I have moved back to skype 5.0 (from 5.3) because this one has the option to remove skype from the taskbar (Windows 7 64bit)

    Here you can download the version:

  • Biljana

    I have started to hate Skype because of this! Finally there's a solution to my problem!

  • samsen

    great post, thanks

  • imitev

    Thank you! It's the simplest solution I ever seen!

  • Radoslav Ninov

    Great post. 10x a lot!

  • Bozo

    This method is no longer functional with Skype 5


  • Spud

    Hi all, I have version, and for me works running program normally (not in compatability mode). When the option in advanced settings is unchecked, skype does appear in taskbar only when you minimize it. When you "close" it with x button, it minimizes to systray and stays online.

    When you want to finish using the skype, you must right click the icon in systray and choose Quit skype.

  • Marcus

    Awesome post. Very straight-forward and easy to follow. Thank you.

  • Irfan Nasir


  • SpoonMan

    Thanks, this is the first web page I have looked at to get rid of Skype out of the taskbar…and the method worked. YAY!

  • Don

    Thank you!

  • PLAzmA

    It Does still work, but what you want to do is delete the existing link / shortcuts for skype and re-create it adding the nosplash and minimized and it works fine, it just wouldnt set for me on the original lnk file, once i re-created it all was fine.

    :) hope that helps the frustrated…

  • Salma

    Thanks alot .. this was so useful and well written!

  • Gustavo

    thanks you

  • Iaint Tellin

    Like the other users said, NEITHER OPTION WORKS ANYMORE with Windows 7. Skype, please FIX THIS VERY IRRITATING BEHAVIOR!!

  • Peter Lairo

    This doesn't work anymore with Skype 5.1. That advanced option was replaced with "show skype watermark during calls". And making skype.exe compatible to VistaSP2 doesn't work either. :-(

  • Hassan

    How to exit latest skype version?

  • Uros

    Thanks for the advice!!!

    It was very irritating

  • zigojacko

    i've tried this and mine still won't show in the system tray :(

  • yves

    thanks! just what i was looking for ;-)

  • selvan777

    Anybody know how to get rid of the Splash screen? I have the welcome screen off and /minimized works but can't get /nosplash to work on v5.1.0.112

  • Paulo


  • OMG

    OMG. This has been bothering me for DAYS. I never leave comments on a blog but I had to say THANKS! I can sleep now! BLISS!

  • Matthew

    Well hot dang!! I've never seen "Compatibility Mode" work for ANYTHING, seriously! This is amazing. I've only run Skype when I needed it ever since the stupid change. Now I can go back to keeping it running. Thanks so much for the tip :)

  • brooks

    THANK YOU! I love that all it takes is a 4 second Google search to fix extremely random but obnoxious issue. Guys like you have saved the lives of countless wireless mice (mouses?) and LCD's… kudos!

  • tired

    thanks a lot, worked perfect !!!!

  • erald

    thanks. works like a charm!

  • veljko

    Hey! Great. Thanks. Damn win7. Good os but many annoying bugs.

  • SlyCooperFan1

    In Skype 5.0, the setting name was changed. To minimize to the Notification Area, you need to untick "Keep Skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in."

    But thanks so much for this!

  • Jum Jim

    great! simple fix.

  • Lauren

    Thanks for this :) Easy and straight-forward!

  • Sid Khullar

    thank you so much! didn't think of looking there. thought it was a very annoying bug. :)

  • Andrew

    Cheers, very handy tip, which should be obvious, but as with many things in Windows 7, why do something the simple way, if there is a more complicated way of it.

  • bartt

    cool thx

    worx like a charm

  • Peter

    Necroman, it WORKS on skype 5, tested 1 minute ago (built-in method)

  • Ramoonus

    This trick also works in skype 5! Thank you

  • playfrog

    Thanks a lot!

  • michael

    thanks you!! :D

  • Dex

    AWESOME !!! How did you find this ??!!!

    Simply Superb !!

    Fatafati !!!

  • Morne


  • I WIN


  • Jason

    Thanks for this tip. Just installed skype on Windows 7 and this was driving me crazy. Great guide.

  • Hamman Samuel

    Thanks! This had been bugging me for a while, finally got rid of the persistent Skype icon :D

  • Necroman

    It's not working in Skype 5, please help :(

  • Mark

    Why the fuck do we have to do this…who writes this fucking shite software…SKYPE SUCKS ARSE – what a steaming piece of shite – it can fuck right off

  • Erika

    A great tip! I could never imagine that the solution to the "Skype in the taskbar" problem is so easy! I am greatly satisfied now as the Skype icon was bothering me a great deal.Thank you!!

  • HellaTruvios

    @qwer – Yes that windows live messenger trick is key to the memory leak. Although upgrading to Skype 5.o Beta will allow you to access the first method the user write in this article which removes it from the taskbar and puts it into your system tray. More clean without no memory leaks.

    Also since the new updates for skype I been getting lots of feedback that WindowsXP users are now having this memory leak. Anyone know a solution please write me here. (hellatruvios)For hotmail thank you. :)

  • qwer

    FYI – my skype started eating lot's of memory and cpu one day in my W7. it happens if you use laptop and you keep skype opened for days.


    after big testing and research i disovered that This trick was the reason. removed the trick and skype memory leaks problems were gone… im unhappy with skype in taskbar but im happy with pc performance

  • david

    That extra option in the advanced settings is only available in the standard or normal version. If you're using a business version and you're not allowed/comfortable to downgrade (the business version has a higher release build number than the normal version), then the only way to work around this is to do that compatibility trick.

  • Paco

    Works fine on Windows7.Thank you very much!

    Regards ;)

  • John_31

    Thanks soooo much! I was going crazy not being able to minimize Skype.

  • IT specialista

    Thanks a lot :)

  • Carina

    yay!! its gone! – thanks alot for this. This was irritating me alot.

  • jl

    thanx a lot

  • ddqs

    hoooo!thanks a lot man! that drive me insane for weeks :D

  • Kenny gr8

    Thank you!!! That really made my day.. it was one thing that I could not personalize and i was sad haha. They also word that option in an unusual way in the advanced settings so i didn't even think to unclick it. Thanks again.

  • Checker

    Thank you, this was driving my nuts on my new Windows 7 laptop.

  • Brandon

    thank you!

  • robert7

    thank you very much!! very helpfull

  • manoj kumar

    its really helpful, thanks mate.

  • HappySkyper


  • Anor255

    The "keep skype in the taskbar…" option is missing from the version

    Skype is in the system tray, the methods without but, the Skype main window is always left open in the taskbar at startup

    Sorry for my bad English…

  • venkat

    Thanks, it works for windows7

  • venkat

    Thanks. It works for windows7

  • jlcd

    Thanks! I'm happier now :)

  • Danny

    worked a treat!

  • Danny Dyer 2fags

    Da compatability mode met'od worked for me sound as £20 enit. Well chuffed now, saved meself an headache n half ain'it!!

  • mikeB

    doesn't work for me either. still on taskbar.

  • Win7

    Works fine for me on Windows 7.

  • pi-Ratas

    I am using Vista. Not working for me.

  • wr

    Doesn't work for me. Skype's still in the taskbar.

  • trolo

    fanx you very much ..

  • Abigail

    This was great, thanks!

  • 235

    Thank you very much, for this article. It was v. helpful.

  • Anonymous Bob

    Thank you. Newest version of Skype does not have the option in advanced tab, but compatibility mode works!

  • tmat

    Thanks, that was seriously bugging me!

  • Jennuh

    Annoying. I can't even access the advanced options. I even tried reinstalling. Frustrated with Skype.

  • Martin

    coll…. thax very usefull

  • haibangqt

    thanks a lot.

  • Abu

    Thanks a Lot.

  • Andrius

    Thanks a lot, it saved my nerves

  • mehrdad


  • Rob

    Brilliant. Thanks so much!

  • Erik

    THANKS!! That was *really* annoying

  • Diane

    didn't work. Stupid button is still there.

  • Ahem

    Thank you!

  • Boyan

    KUDOS :)

  • Julian


  • Michael

    Thanks so much. That was really annoying. I wish they would put the setting off on default. Thanks again.

  • Andrija

    haha.. thanks man.. was hard dealing with that "locked" skype in taskbar.

    thanks alot for your effort =3

  • Jop

    Thank you.

  • David

    Thank you!

  • strager

    Thanks a lot for this. doesn't seem to have the option in Advanced Settings, but the compatibility method worked like a charm.

  • Kzs

    Sorry for the early post: I tried the latest build of Skype (, and it does have that setting :), so the problem can be fixed indeed with this advanced setting.

  • Kzs

    Thanks for the post, but it doesn't work for me (Skype:

    No compatibility mode selected on Skype .exe, still this option doesn't appear in the Advanced settings. I didn't try setting compatibility mode, as I've read on Skype's forum that it is not the best idea for Skype… Any other experience from anyone?

  • johnny

    Thank You very-very much!!!!!!

  • Carter

    Thanks. Muuuuuch better.

  • anna

    Thank you, thanks a lot! It's frustrated me for a long time!

  • JJAA

    Soooo Gooood

    Merci !

  • Jaideep

    Great option to minimize Skype to system tray in Win 7..

    Worked perfectly fine for me.

    Thanks again.

  • Sorry but I'm trying Loitakshr via Skype and can not have Skype account and I was told the credit expires I'll take care of the problem so I could take credit

  • Chris

    If the compatibility mode does not appear to work, you also have to customize your Win 7 System Tray. Right click on the tray arrow, click Customize Notifications and find the entry for Skype. Make sure to select "Show icon and notifications." Then, whenever you click X, it will minimize to the tray. Clicking the "-" for minimize only minimizes it to the Taskbar.

  • jon


  • Jay

    Note to skype: Never touch a running system! I for one hate them for first making the compact view a default and now this task bar "feature"… why do you have to change something that was perfect?! I bet you are losing a lot of users… actually I hope you do.

  • Jay


  • JD

    Thanks, This was bugging me.

  • sp219


    That was just added in a more recent update.

  • deerwood


    the problem is fixed unter the version 4.2.0.xxx.

    Uncheck and untick the Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in option. Thats enough:)

  • There is no check option, but the compstibility mode works ok. Thanks, that wasn't cool at all

  • TM Anas

    I didn’t find any Advanced options for Keep Skype in Task bar hiding. But when i changed to Windows Vista (SP2) compatibility mode it worked.

    thanks for your post.

  • tommy

    just wanted to say thanks, skype should make that an option when installed on windows 7 intro.

  • Richard Robinson

    This solution (uncheck "keep Skype in taskbar") also solves the problem of Skype preventing Windows 7 sleep mode (insomnia)! Thanks.

  • skypephobe from now

    Skype starts to become annoying application and unfriendly user:

    -When I check for update (help, check for update menu), nothing happens!

    -Can't clic the Red X in the minimized window in the taskbar !

    – no video !

    Angry with skype,…

  • skypephobe from now

    It doesn't work for me!

    When I uncheck the box (keep in the task bar….)

    I have the following error message: "Invalid port"! and skype is still opened in the task bar!

    Annoying feature, really!

    Goback to msn and google talk !

  • skypeophobe from now

    It doesn't work for me!

    When I uncheck the box (keep in the task bar….)

    I have error message: "Invalid port"! And skype is still opened in the task bar!

    Annoying feature, really!

    Goback to msn and google talk !

  • Viniter

    What?! It work for everyone except me? WTF?! Screw it! I just cant get it off the damn taskbar no matter what I do! Arght, it's driving me nuts!!!

  • Windows Service Pack

    I didn't find any Advanced options for Keep Skype in Task bar hiding. But the Windows Vista (SP2) compatibility mode is working fine.
    thanks for your post.

  • devans00

    Thanks, Man.

    Especially the Compatibility Mode trick.

    Too bad so many ignoramouses on here can't imagine not everyone's computer isn't the exact same as theirs.

  • lightmonte

    Thanks! really, but really useful!

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  • niels

    or use:

    Does Skype for Windows have command line options?

    Yes, you can use these options:

    /nosplash – do not display splash screen when Skype starts

    /minimized – Skype is minimized to system tray when it starts

    /callto:nameornumber – call the specified Skype Name or SkypeOut number

    /shutdown – close Skype

    /secondary – allows you to start an additional skype.exe instance

  • Cattleya

    You don't need to do all this sh*t…

    Just go to options->Advanced settings and uncheck “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in”. then save.

    Use the compatibity mode for something that REALLY is not compatible with 7…

  • AlfredNeuman

    Very useful information, thanks for that. Keep up the good work. It was rather annoying have another window on the task bar.

  • nissim

    Open Skype options.
    Go to Advanced settings tab.
    Unselect the checkbox “Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m signed in”.
    Click save.

  • michael

    Thank you skype was annoying me in the taskbar!!

  • MartinIsti

    Superb! Thanks for the info.

    Strange that though this issue seems to be very light it has stopped me using Skype about a month ago in the office because I always have so many tabs down there that it became disturbing enough to switch it off. Now it's much better :o)

  • Madhawa

    thanks a lot for the information! very use full to users before skype gets on heads!

  • Primary


    and with Skype Business ver!

  • Primary


    Tnks to You!

    Confirm – Work on W7 64bit

  • Samarth Karia

    Thank You! For This! It's Very Helpful

  • just2pick1

    thank you!
    it was annoying, now fixed on Win7 64-bit.

  • Darius

    No more need for this fix. Skype now has an option to bring back the old behavior (I use version

    Open Skype options.

    Go to Advanced settings tab.

    Unselect the checkbox "Keep Skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in".

    Click save.

  • icko

    Thanks work with w7 and latest skype version.

  • KittyKat

    thank you so much!

    been wondering for a long time on how to do this.

  • Gustavo

    Thank you! Works like a charm! Thanks!
    And yes it works on windows 7 64bits :)

  • sofia

    thank you for this!!!

  • plotrt

    thank you for this nice tipp! now it is hidden *juhu*

  • prof.zuse

    the tip is great and works!

  • Dmitry

    thank you

  • Dmitry

    Thank you. if not already zadolbalsya

  • MarkoSK

    Thank you for this post! :)

    It was annoying how skype isn't in taskbar. Tnx alot.

    best regards,


  • Chris

    Thats great, thanks a lot for posting this.

  • S_D_G

    By doing this causes Skype to use huge amount of resources

  • Vince

    Yes! Thanks for the workaround!

  • lechu

    so simple, yet powerful! great workaround!

  • Andy G

    Thank you very much, this has been buging me for ages…! works a treat!

  • Chris Maas

    Works with Windows7 64bit and Skype Just what I've been looking for, thanks a bunch!

  • Jaime

    Thanks a lot. I was considering downgrading just because of this issue. If all the things I have running in the System tray (Instant Messaging, MyDropBox, Skype, Antivirus, etc) moved to the taskbar it would be a nightmare. Interesting usability problem though.

    Thanks again

  • 6205

    I love current Skype behaviour. I have Skype pinned to taskbar and like the fact that when i press close or minimize it stays on taskbar. I only hate tray icon, it should go away on Windows 7.

  • chrisP

    yep- that does the trick, been wondering about this for a while. Thanks for the tip!

  • Pro

    Oh yah, thats the way it supose to be. THX!

  • Vocko

    WAU! It`s working !!! Lot of THX man !!!


  • jir

    Millions of thanks! This saved me!

  • Ali

    Thanks Man! You saved my life :-)

  • Albert

    Nice write up man, appreciated !

  • Sean Brown

    Brilliant. Thanks. Thank you for posting a very simple yet well explained work-around. I very much appreciate the time you took to post this for all of us. Way to generate good karma!


  • slim

    Thanks man!!!

  • Minimic

    much appreciated!!! :)

  • noe

    Thank you, thank you! It was driving me crazy in my taskbar.

  • RedDragon

    Many thanks for the tip had my bitch icon shit for two days, still exists on google: D

  • Vishal

    Gr8, it works…

    Thanks Dude



  • Marc

    Awesome, thx, just what I was looking for!

  • carb


    It's better to set the compatibility mode to Vista SP2. This way, you can retain the transparent glass effect of the Skype window and avoid having to approve permission every time you start Skype.

  • Ruben

    Works great. Thanks!

  • Edwin

    But on my computer everytime someone starts chatting skype just pops back up in the taskbar again…

  • Jason

    Great tip – thanks! Been annoyed by this for weeks.

  • eb


    I already started hesitating whether I really need Skype :)

  • JW

    Many thanks, it's much better this way – I don't know what skype were thinking.

  • Tooni

    Windows 7 32,doesn't work.Downgraded to Skype 4.1

  • Laimis

    thank you!
    very good tip.

  • Ivan

    It was really annoying. I think it's a very stupid idea of Skype to make it this way. Thanks a lot for sharing this hint!

  • Tiago


    I have to comment, very good hint. I found it very annoying not to make Skype out of the taskbar. It solved my problem!


  • Kuba


  • Amyn

    Thank you!

    Just what I was wanting, and I got.

  • gushteru

    thanks mate! it works as a charm ;)

  • Saliheen

    thanks man

  • hender

    thank you, thank you, thank you =]

  • tam


  • Ede

    Perfect solution! Thanks!

  • kipsasLT

    work OK! Thanks!

  • elwin

    thanks dude u solved my problem :)

  • Julian

    Thank you for the tip – exactly what I needed

  • Desarrollo Web

    Thanks ;)

  • PJ

    Thank you!

  • Yossi


  • Flax

    Thank you! This helped me very much!

  • Ahamed

    Thanks .. very useful info..

  • Ramon E. Ritter

    Thanks for this smart solution. This "problem" was annoying me a lot…

  • mike

    it just works. W7 64-bit on Adamo XPS. Tks, Skype

  • It works! I was told it would only work on 32-bit Windows 7, but it's running just fine on my 64.

  • Matas

    Thank you for your support!

    It was the skype icon nusibodusi unusual location …

  • Lee

    To echo the sentiments of others, thanks. Why would anyone on earth want any IM taking up space on their already clutterd taskbar.

  • Brian @ ApexTwo Lead

    Great Tip! Thanks.


  • Deimis

    Thanks a million, really helpful!

  • Awesome, this is a great fix for Skype. I have been looking for a way to fix it not minimizing and this is it, thanks!

  • Randy

    Hey great. Skype in the task bar was driving me nuts. I had installed a new program just to put any window in the tray. But was reluctant to be running yet one more program all the time. So uninstalled that. Today was determined to look again for answers and found your post.

  • JtL


  • yoni

    thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • Dirk

    Thank you SO much! You and Google, which brought me to your website. [2]

  • Nick

    Oops, my bad. I did not realize that you recommend vista, not xp…

  • Nick

    Thanks. However I better set compatibility mode to Vista. It works the same but it does not ask you to give skype permission when you start it.

  • Bansari

    Thanks!! I was dying to know and then I went to the skype website to see if they could help but it was no help. THanks!

  • Philipp

    I mean how f****** arrogant do you have to be as a software company to decide that your tool should remain open and take 10% of the taskbar at all times? Especially with a software like Skype, that is supposed to be running in the background most of the time?

    Things like this just make me furious – thanks for the workaround.

  • George

    Thanks, it really helped :)

  • Derek


    Do these companies ever think of their users or just figure they'll do anything to stay in front of your face?

  • Vanita

    Thank you SO much! You and Google, which brought me to your website. :-)

  • Tom

    THANKS! Very annoying 'feature'.

  • Kunal

    thanks a lot for the info…

  • MuF

    thank you! very helpful indeed

  • NetSkipper

    Works like a charm! Thank you very much!

  • yoh

    relaunch skype and it works

  • yoh

    A big thank you!

  • Goran

    Doesn't works for me…

    Since I've reinstalled my W7 it seems that compatibility mode doesn't works anyway…

  • m

    does not :(

  • Tara

    Thank you so much for this! I was very annoyed and considered uninstalling skype if I couldn't fix it. I'm glad I don't have to now.

  • Arash

    Love you for this tip. Thank you! I dont know why corporations are getting dumber and dumber, who wants a Skype tab open at all times? Its like carrying your landline all the way around the house with you, I used skype once every 3rd or 4th day, why would I want to have it on all the time??

  • Gustav

    Thanks very much!


    Is it sooo difficult to keep a well running software the way it is? I thought like "what a crap!" when I wasn't able to minimize to tray anymore… Poor, very poor.

  • Taro

    Nice! Worked amazingly!

  • Dan

    Thanks. This situation was annoying. Very easy fix.

  • Phil

    Worked like a charm, thanks!


    Yes, in compatibility mode it works fine but who the hell has made this annoying function!!!

    Thanks for the advice :)

  • Bruno

    Very useful.

  • shbomb

    Oh, thank you soooo much! As much as I love Win7 compared to Vista, all of this "new taskbar" stuff is the biggest load of garbage ever. The way I see it it's nothing but a poorly executed attempt to rip off the dock in Mac OS.

    I deliberately set all the options to make my taskbar more like the old ones (with full text labels, quicklaunch bar, etc).

    Thanks again!

  • Bruncel

    Diky moc…

  • marcelo

    thanks for orientation

  • Thanks mate!

  • namy

    thanks a lot!!!! couldnt stand this behavior after skype update :)

  • David

    Thanks a ton! This has been frustrating me for weeks and now it's fixed, thanks to your instructions. Much appreciated!

  • dfsdfgsdfg

    Nice, thanks a lot!

  • Marco

    Thank you very much for this valuable hint. The last update of Skype and its strange minimize-behavior drove me nearly nuts.

  • Chris H

    for some reason i thought this post was in german during posting. i meant to say thanks for the tip! ;D

  • Chris H

    nice, thanks for the tip!

  • placebo

    thanks! worked like a charm :)

  • svg

    Awesome. Thanks so much. That was very useful

  • Damitha

    Thanks.. Great….

  • niko

    Thank you so much for this fix!

  • Thank you so much!!! I love that you put this up… I wasn't running skype anymore because I use labels in my taskbar and I'd have to see skype full blast all the time.


  • K

    Nicely done thanks for the solution.

    It works immediately.

  • tgmaster

    Ahh, how long have I tried to solve this problem, and how long have I tried to look for the right solution…

    Great job, thanks a lot!!!

  • hedo

    cool that worx!

  • Mike

    GREAT POST ! Thx !

  • rob

    Very good, thank you

  • Zachi

    Great! Thank you very much!

  • Samantha

    Wow! Thank you so much!! It's been bothering me since I got Windows 7. As if all the other programs weren't taking up enough space as it was.

  • So simple, thanks! Can't believe that they think people want things to sit in the taskbar all the time.

  • Steffen

    Finally – thanks so very much!

  • Kiryn

    I only ever use Skype for one chat room between my friends, so having constant access to the contact list is completely unnecessary for me. In previous versions of Skype, I could split the window into the chat window and the contact list, and minimize the contact list to the tray.

    But tonight I came home to a new patch that wouldn't let me minimize the contact list to the tray any more — it just sat there, uselessly, on the taskbar, right next to the icon for my currently open chat room.

    Thank you so much for this fix! Now I have more room on my taskbar!

  • CharlesYonathan

    With great! : D I personally wkurzał Skype on taskbarze. I thought it was simply a mistake with Skype, and here it turned out that it was intended … I do not know who designed it, but it's definitely niefajny idea …

  • Kamil

    thank you!

  • Brent

    Okay, so they've changed to conform to a new standard — sort of. Skype displays in *both* the system tray and the taskbar when it's running. If it must be running in the taskbar, why on earth does it also need to display in the system tray?

  • RKY

    Thanks alot buddy, this was really bugging me off

  • Moroni G


    Here is a solution to having to double click on a taskbar icon to choose which window you want to open. Sets the default action on icon click to open the last viewed window.

    Launch regedit.exe (Win+R, then paste regedit.exe)
    Navigate in the left tree control to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
    Go to Edit->New->DWORD (32-bit) Value
    Name the value LastActiveClick
    Hit enter to assign the value and change it to 1
    Restart Explorer and you're good to go.

  • Moroni G

    Thanks a lot, I've been looking for a solution for this. I wonder why they thought users would prefer skype in their taskbar?

  • Anonymous

    I think the biggest issue I had with this was that it worked one way, and then I was forced to adjust to a new way; there wasn't an option to go back to the old way. Plus, like this post points out, it shows up in alt+tab, clutters the taskbar, etc. Wonder if running it in compatibility mode 'hurts' anything…

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Tavo

    Thanks a lot. I search for a solutions for weeks.


  • Offbeatmammal

    I also add "/nosplash /minimized" to the shortcut that starts … makes sure there's no annoying splashscreen and it's tucked away like a good utility should :)

    Here's hoping Skype make these configurable options

  • mamat

    this works fine win7. been trying to fix it for months….

  • User

    It worked, thanks!

  • Skjellyfetti

    Many thanks.

  • EriCk

    Thanks… :)

  • Thank's a lot , it was so anoying!

    Great tip!

  • Irek

    Many thanks, I was terribly annoyed at the updejcie new version!

  • Diovanne

    Oh sorry, auto-translate fail ._.

    Thank you very much, it helped me too much :)

  • Diovanne

    Thank you very much!
    It was extremely helpful :)

  • Dostojevskij

    What can I say? Like above, thanks for saving my peace of mind!

  • Crap. Didn't work for me.


    It's still stuck in the taskbar!

  • Jon


  • ReeXe

    Thanks! disturbed me very much of this extremely idiotic new function.
    'Trick' worked brilliantly

  • loopy

    Thanks dude – like everyone else, this was really starting to p*ss me off.

  • Peter


  • Epiphany

    I really appreciate the tip! Thanks for this.

    It is very annoying when Skype keeps the main window open when you're only chatting to one other person, it means you have to click twice to get to the conversation when only one should be enough.

    Problem solved with your tip, thank you. Seems a bit of an oversight when you need to run a piece of software in compatibility mode just to get some preferred functionality from a newer version when a simple "Minimize to tray" setting in the software would suffice!

  • pikay

    Thank you very much!!

  • johnneyO

    Friggin greate post!!!! I dont usualy put posts to things like this, but I had to show my appreciation cuz this was absolutely pissing me off.

  • Paulo

    EXcelente the tip. Works perfectly. Was already fed up that the Skype icon on the taskbar.

    Very good.


  • Luke

    Thank you ever so much!!

  • Zliqv

    This is not a hack this is compability mode wich makes skype think you are running windows vista.You can do this to any program including messenger.

    I hate skype because its a nasty program that always gets i your way.

  • vlad

    thanks, this works like a charm :)

  • works ok thank you very much

  • VJS

    Very useful port :)


  • Sumod

    Heh, neat "trick" :-)

    Worked perfectly, and a very clever application of unintended consequences!

  • Wobble

    Thanks. This worked on Win 7 x32.

  • vm

    thank you so much man! it really worked

  • Preto

    Dude … it worked … you saved my life … I was almost going back to windows XP because of this shit button on the toolbar. :)


  • anonimo

    I was looking for a solution to this problem, and it worked very well.
    not understand this change made by him!
    Thanks for help

  • Daniel

    Thanks! working like a charm!

  • Naveen

    Cool thnx man

    Windows 7 x64 professional

  • Vanacor

    It works fine… thanks

  • Bruce

    Many thanks. I installed 4.2 last night, and the additional window in the taskbar was useless to me, and a waste of screen space. Great work around.

  • Great tip, thanks – hard to see why Skype has disabled this for Windows 7.

  • LS

    Many thanks !!!

  • This trick worked beautifully. Thank you! :)

  • PT

    Worked for me as well. Thanks a lot.

  • @borut:

    I'm using Win 7×64 and pressing minimise or close simply minimises it to the tray. I went back to the old skype for now.

    I don't particularly like hacks like the one mentioned in this article as I don't like messing around with settings. I felt it was better to go back to the current (i.e. NOT beta) version.

  • Ice

    No luck

  • steveinlvnv

    Worked like a charm for me. Thanks for the tip!

  • borut

    Well i use windows 7 x64 and the latest skype and when i press close in minimizes to system tray. If i press minimize button then it goes to task bar