Skype is one of the few programs that I use on regular basis to keep in touch with my family and friends. Although it’s available for mobile operating systems as well, I installed and use it only on my Windows 10 notebook.
Skype icon on the taskbar
By default, Skype program starts with Windows 10 and sits in the taskbar so that you can quickly start using the program. With default settings, when you close the Skype window hoping to close the program or when you right-click on the Skype icon on the taskbar and click Close button, Skype simply minimizes itself and doesn’t move away from the taskbar.
Right-clicking on the Skype icon on the taskbar and clicking Quit option kills the program, meaning it won’t run the background to notify whenever there is a new call or message and hence, quitting is not a good idea.
Millions of PC users happily using Skype and most of them have no issues with the always visible taskbar icon. That said, there are some users, like me, who would like to free up some space on the taskbar.
Move Skype icon from taskbar to system tray
Wouldn’t it be great if it was possible remove Skype from taskbar without actually quitting the program? If you’re in search for a way to remove Skype icon from Windows 10 taskbar without quitting it, you will be glad to know that the Skype program can be removed from the taskbar without killing the program. And you can make it happen without the help of third-party tools.
In this guide, we will show how you can remove Skype icon from Windows 10 taskbar and move it to system tray area (see picture below). This way, you will continue to get notifications and other alerts from your Skype as long as your PC is connected to the internet.
This method simply moves Skype icon from the taskbar to the system tray.
Remove Skype icon from Windows 10 taskbar
Step 1: Launch Skype. Click Tools menu and then click Options.
Step 2: Click Advanced settings tab as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: On the right-side, uncheck the option titled Keep Skype in the taskbar while I’m singed in. Finally, click Save button. That’s it!
From now onwards, whenever you close the Skype window, the Skype icon will disappear from taskbar. It will continue running in the background and you can see its icon in the system tray. To open Skype, click on the Skype icon in the system tray. Like before, you will be notified whenever there is a new call or message.
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