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Actual Window Minimizer is a complex and effective tool for minimizing application windows to the system tray area. This utility is very flexible, allowing the user to customize a large number of settings related to how programs are minimized.
Besides minimizing to the system tray, this utility can also “minimize to screen”. This action creates a very small icon on your screen, which is always on top, thus giving easy access to re-opening your programs.
It’s impressive how many settings this piece of software allows you to tweak. They actually cover almost every little detail of window behavior. Here’s an example of what you can do: you can configure your favorite chat client to always start minimized to the tray icon and never allow it to minimize to the taskbar.
If you keep a lot of programs open, the ability to minimize them to the screen, combined with the ability to save the positions of the icons, allows you to create a cleverly organized and compact grid of icons. This saves a lot of screen space and gives very fast/easy access to any application at any time.
This utility has only one small problem: it does not adapt the buttons it places on the title bars. If the program has a custom title bar (e.g. Winamp), the buttons look out of place. However, you can create a workaround by using shortcut keys and disabling buttons or using any other minimizing method that the program has to offer.
- Minimizing to screen is very effective and clever
- In-depth customization of minimization behavior
- Ability to declare different sets of rules for each application
- Many ways in which an a program can be minimized
- Works with any program
- Does not adapt added buttons to custom title bars