I don’t like extra unnecessary things on my taskbar and you don’t either. You should try minimizing your favorite music player, VLC, to the system tray. When you do this, your taskbar is cleaner and you can spend less time hunting down open applications.
So how do you minimize VLC to the system tray? Hitting minimize by the close the window button won’t do it. You have to set a preference first. Go to Tools>Preferences>Interface and once there, look for a System icon checkbox. Once it’s checked, hit save and let’s try it out.
Hitting minimize on the VLC window still won’t send it to the system tray! What you must do, which is really quite easy is click on the system tray icon itself. This will send it briskly away. To reopen the VLC interface, simply click on the system tray icon again.
There are also a couple of shortcut features that come with your new system tray icon. If you right click on the system tray icon, you can get the ability for play/pause, stop, next, previous, and also open media. The only thing that VLC lacks in this useful context menu is the ability to manipulate volume. To do that, you must reopen the interface and change it there.
I use VLC even more now because of my podcast. VLC 2.0 and later allows you to simply click on the system tray icon for minimization and maximization. This definitely works on Windows 7 without problems, although in VLC 2.0, the preferences have changed position slightly on the Interface preference pane. The new preference option is
Show Systray Icon.