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Windows: If you're tired of a taskbar cluttered with applications that you need to have open but can't be properly hidden or minimised, HideIt allows you to minimize any application to your Windows system tray by right-clicking its minimise button.

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Your Windows system tray and Mac OS X menubar have become prime real estate for highly functional micro-applications that provide easy access to information, settings and tasks. Here are our top ten favourites for both Windows and Mac.

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Linux only: Some software apps just work better together. Take Prism, Mozilla's web app-into-desktop-window converter, and combine it with AllTray, the AllTray, the system tray docking utility, and you can turn anything on the web into a quick-access desktop window.

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Windows only: System tray application GMinder gives you quick offline display of multiple Google Calendars—and even alerts you of upcoming appointments. The application was created by reader Greg Todd, who wrote the application for his own use—but decided to release it for the rest of us to enjoy. Using the application is simple—just enter in your Google account information, click the Download button to get your list of calendars, and then select the ones you want to display. The only small issue is that Windows Vista users will need to select a different sound file in the options panel since the default one doesn't exist on Vista—a small price to pay for an excellent application that bridges the gap between Google Calendar and your Windows desktop. Thanks, Greg! GMinder is free and open source, available for Windows only. Google Desktop users can also check out the powerful Google Calendar gadget, and readers using Firefox should check out our own Better GCal extension.

Gminder

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Windows only: Free task managing application Process Manager for Windows adds options to the global context menu for all applications—adding quick access to control running tasks. We've mentioned this application before, but it has since updated with more features including minimising applications to the system tray, setting windows always on top, and assigning per-window transparency. Readers using Windows XP will also get extra features—the ability to completely hide a single window, or hide all windows except the current one behind the PMW tray icon—making this low-resource, portable application worth a look for anybody interested in better control over running processes. Process Manager for Windows is free and open source, available for Windows only.

Process Manager for Windows

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Windows only: POP Peeper is a system-tray application that keeps you updated on new emails in your POP3 and IMAP-based email accounts. For multiple inboxes, it could save a lot of hassle. POP Peeper not only notifies you of the new mail, but allows you to read the messages in HTML, plain text and rich text formats. And the alerts come in many flavors, including a skinnable desktop alert window, sounds, flashing keyboard lights, or an active tray icon. POP Peeper supports plug-ins including screensaver-based notification, voice notification that reads you email headers, and the ability to function as a basic RSS feed reader. While it isn't the most practical tool for reading all your feeds, it could be handy for rare but important alerts, like new software releases. POP Peeper supports unlimited accounts, and can be installed as a portable application. It's freeware, Windows only.

POP Peeper

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Linux users with a GNOME-based desktop can modify how their time is displayed just about any way they want, and in any order. The Tips4Linux blog explains how, although the exact location of your custom_format setting may vary depending on your panel setup. Once you've found it, you can use any of the standard formatting symbols to arrange your time display.

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Windows only: Small utility Minime clears your taskbar by minimising windows to its single icon in the system tray. With Minime running, hit Ctrl+Shift+Z to send a window to the system tray instead of the taskbar. Right-click on the Minime icon to restore any (or all) of the windows stowed there with a click. Minime is a free download for Windows only. Thanks, Jason!

Minime

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Windows only: Free, lightweight application RBTray minimizes any app to your system tray. Once it's running, you can tray your windows in a couple of ways: You can either right-click the bottom-right corner of the minimise button to instantly send the app to the system tray, or you can right-click anywhere on the title bar and select Minimize in tray from the context menu (which also offers Always on top and a useless My size feature). The app doesn't require any installation, so you can also toss it on your thumb drive and take it with you. Even better, RBTray used a meager 380KB of RAM on my system. RBTray is a free download, Windows only. For more alternatives, check out previously mentioned TrayEverything or Trayconizer.

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