How to Hide VLC Players to Taskbars

Written by theon weber
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The popular VLC media player can be minimised to a small icon in the System Tray rather than to a button in the Taskbar. If your Taskbar is cluttered and you don't want one more button making it worse, you can ensure that System Tray functionality is enabled in VLC, and then click the program's icon to minimise it to the Tray. Note that this works not only in Windows but in operating systems like Ubuntu that have their own analogues to the Taskbar and the Tray.

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  1. 1

    Open the VLC player. Access the "Preferences" dialogue -- depending on your version, this may be in a menu called either "Tools" or "Settings." In the Mac OS, you can find "Preferences" under the main "VLC" menu. A screen containing several categories and many options will appear.

  2. 2

    Select the "Simple" option in the lower left area of the Preferences screen -- the System Tray icon option doesn't appear in "All" mode.

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    Click the "Interface" button on the left panel and make sure the "Show systray icon" box is checked. If it isn't, click it to check it, then click "Save" and restart the VLC player.

  4. 4

    Click the VLC traffic-cone icon in the System Tray to remove the program from the Taskbar and minimise it. Click the icon again to restore it.

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