RBTray: lightweight and simple minimize to tray app


RBTray is a free, lightweight app that provides minimize-to-tray functionality for any open window by right clicking the bottom right corner of the window’s “minimize” button. Alternately you can minimize to tray by right clicking anywhere on the title bar and using a context menu that also provides “always on top”, and Window resizing functions.

First off let me note that the version of this program that I am reviewing here is a modified version of the open source program with the same name that I downloaded from this site. More notes on this program below:

  • What it does: minimize-to-tray on demand, from the title bar.
  • How it works: does not install any buttons on the title bar; rather, it can minimize to tray by right-clicking the lower right corner of the minimize button (see screenshot above) or through a context menu that appears on right-clicking anywhere on the title bar (see image to the right).
  • Memory use: is very small. Memory use seems to vary across a range, 500K to approx 2 megs.RBTray Screenshot1
  • No install: simply unzip and run. To have the program start with Windows you will need to add a shortcut to the startup folder manually.
  • Other functions: “always on top”, and a rather puzzling “my size” function which on my machine resizes any window to 1584×948, apparently without giving you the option to customize that size.

The verdict: if you are looking for a minimize to tray app with bells and whistles this is not the one you are looking for. However if you just want a tiny, straightforward utility that does not

RBTray Screenshot3

take up a lot of memory (and does not need to be installed to boot) you will probably like RBTray. If there was one thing that I would ask for it would be to remove the strange “My size” option altogether.

Version Tested: 3.3 modified

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista.

Go to developer’s page to download (middle of the page) – approx 69K.