Windows 10: Programs will not start running minimised Solved

  1.    27 Oct 2017 #1

    Programs will not start running minimised

    I have Win 10 Home x64.

    I cannot run programs to start minimized. Specifically, I cannot get Thunderbird and Calibre to do this.

    At the moment I have these 2 programs as shortcuts on the Desktop. If I open them then I can minimise them by the normal method of clicking on the - sign at the top right hand corner.

    I have used the standard recommended method, namely Right click > Properties > Select Minimised in Run. This does not work. When I start running them from the link they open full screen.
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  2.    29 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi, See proposed solution below (from the article quoted).

    From the article below:
    After a bit of research, it was suggested that the reason why Thunderbird does not minimize to tray bar anymore is because it goes against Microsoft's best software practices guideline for software developers.
    I would agree- another method I tried failed too.

    How to Fix: Minimize Thunderbird to Tray Bar (Not Task Bar) |

    - Firetray is an add-on which will hide Thunderbird to the tray, not the taskbar.

    Download the xpi file, then from Thunderbird, install it as an add-on from that file.

    Configure its options as you wish.
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    When Tbird is initially launched, it creates a new tray icon.
    When the Tbird shortcut is clicked, a Tbird Window appears instantly.

    Further, the Mail options allow you to set the tray icon to display various forms of information about messages.

    (I did a search on
    start thunderbird minimized
    to discover this for you).
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  3.    22 Nov 2017 #3

    A rather belated thanks for the reply. I've downloaded and installed FireTray and it seems to be doing the job.

    For anyone else who wishes to try it here are a few details that are not given in the links.

    1) I used 7-Zip to unpack the downloaded xpi file.
    2) The download page says to edit the install.rdf file. I did this using WordPad and raised the Thunderbird maxVersion from 38 to 58. When saving in WordPad make sure that Text File is selected.
    3) Pack the downloaded files (including the edited rdf one) as a zip file. Change the extension to xpi. Install the add-on in Thunderbird.
    4) I dragged the FireTray icon outside the hidden icons so that it was permanently visible (I hope - I haven't yet seen what happens when I restart the PC).
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