Removing Skype 4.2 from taskbar in Windows 7

Many of you are dissapointed with the new version of Skype 4.2.0.155 and Skype 4.2.0.158 also, it has new feature which really slows the work, but most annoying is the fact that you can’t remove Skype from a taskbar when it is minimized to system tray. This is the solution i have found recently:

  • quit Skype,
  • right click on Skype icon on your desktop and click properties,
  • in the Compatibility tab check and choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3),
  • Click OK, and start Skype.

Removing Skype 4.2 from the taskbar in Windows 7

Another option is to rollback to Skype 4.1.0.179, which is my personal choice, because 4.2 is a real bug.

13 Comments


  1. Didn’t work for me. It is still in the taskbar.
    OS: Win7 Pro.


  2. I have Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and it worked smoothly here. Did you quit Skype before making changes in the properties of the shortcut?

    Download Skype 4.1 from the link in the post and downgrade – that’s the best solution.


  3. Thats a clever solution m8 🙂
    P.S. It worked with no problems for me cheers…


  4. still didnt work for me! so annoying!


  5. It works perfectly on windows 7. Thanks a lot. It is better than quitting skype.


  6. Thanks for the post! I downgraded the Skype on my machine and got rid of that annoying taskbar icon.


  7. Worked perfectly with me 😀

    Running Windows 7 Home Premium.


  8. I love current Skype behaviour. I have Skype pinned to taskbar and like the fact that when i press close or minimize it stays on taskbar. I only hate tray icon, it should go away on Windows 7.


  9. Awesome! I’ve been trying in ages and finally it disappeared! thanks


  10. Thank you for that tip, it worked perfectly for me. I think this behavior of Skype is quite annoying. There’s a difference between minimizing and closing. Therefore we have two different buttons in the title bar…


  11. Thank you for that tip, it worked perfectly for me. I think this behavior of Skype is quite annoying. There’s a difference between minimizing and closing. Therefore we have two different buttons in the title bar…
    +1


  12. Just go to Tools>Options>Advenced>Show skype in taskbar while I`m sighned in turn off and all done

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