MinimizeToTray Plus Frequently Asked Questions

How do I minimize Mozilla Firefox or Thunderbird to the tray?

You use the menu item in File called Minimize To Tray. If you prefer you can hit Ctrl+Shift+M. If you have the correct setting in the options window, just minimizing the window is enough. Or there is a button you can add to the toolbar for easy access to the function.

How to I stop the minimized icon from being hidden into the inactive area of the tray?

What you need to do is right click on the taskbar and press properties. Now in the window that comes up insure that you are in the Taskbar tab if your using Windows XP, on Windows Vista there is a new tab called Notification Area (what we call the system tray).

Notification Area Settings

You will notice the Hide inactive icons checkbox. If this is checked icons maybe hidden when inactive. If you uncheck it, all icons will always show. However if we just want the Firefox or Thunderbird icons to always show, press Customize.

Customize Notifications Window

Set the icons that you never want hidden to Always Show or Show - wording differs between Windows XP and Vista.

The icon still becomes hidden at times, why? How can I fix this?

Some people will find that the doing that above does not work all the time. The problem stems from that the setting is associated with the icon's title text. Change that and the setting does not apply. In MininizeToTray the icon's text is the same as the windows title. For the simple reason it helps tell them apart. However this causes problems with stopping the auto hide.

To fix this you need to set extensions.minimizetotray.use-application-name to True. The default is False.

In Firefox you can find this by going to about:config. Find the preference, right click it and press Toggle to change it to True.

In Thunderbird and similar applications you need to go to the Tools menu, then Options. In the Advanced section in the General tab press the Config Editor button. Then do as you would in Firefox.

What is turbo mode? And how do I use it?

It is way of making the application run permanently in the background with only a tray icon showing. Besides making the applications start very fast, this can for example let Thunderbird remain hidden while it still checks your emails.

Showing the -turbo flag

One way of invoking it is to use a command line flag, this is what the start with windows option does. To can use this on normal desktop short cuts by right clicking on them, and in the menu that comes up pres, properties. In the field labelled Target add -turbo. This only effects the application the first time it is started. Once the application has been opened you can't start turbo mode. When this option is set, nothing other then the turbo tray icon is open first time the short cut is clicked.

The alternative way is to check Always show tray icon in the options window. With this enabled, the turbo tray icon is always loaded when the application start, but with out effecting the normal behaviour of the program.

How do I minimize multiple Firefox windows to the tray in one click?

There are two ways to do this. One way is to middle click on the Firefox's minimize button. This same thing can also be accomplished by CTRL+right-mouse clicking on Firefox's minimize button. To restore the windows, just left click on the Firefox tray icon.

Can I restore a minimized window using a keyboard shortcut?

This is possible to set up. Right click on the Firefox desktop icon, and press properties. Select the box labelled Shortcut key - this is located in the Shortcut tab - and then press your desired keys. Now, in the option window of MinimizeToTray Plus, tick the checkbox labelled Restore window instead of opening new.. If there is a minimized window it should now be restored when you press the keys you chose.

I removed/disabled the extension, why does Firefox or Thunderbird still load at startup?

You need to uncheck this option before you remove the extension. It adds an entry to the systems registry that needs to be removed.