Windows Mail Tray Icon

How to Add a Tray Bar Icon for Windows Mail
This will show you how to add a system tray icon to Windows Mail so it can be minimized to the tray icon, allowing you to be notified of new messages without Windows Mail being on the taskbar.
How to Add a Tray Icon for Windows Mail

information   Information
This program will add a system tray icon that will allow Windows Mail to be minimized to the tray icon allowing you to be notified of new messages without Windows Mail being on the taskbar.
Note   Note
This program will not integrate into Windows Mail, but is a stand alone EXE program that works with Windows Mail.

Current Download Site:

Written by: Kristan Kenney
Tip   Tip
Another free program that has a few more features is Windows Mail Tray Icon.

How to Install WinMailTray

1. Click on the Download button below to download the file from the Current download site above.​

2. Click on Save and save it to your Desktop.​
3. Right click on the downloaded file and click on Properties.​
4. Click on Unblock and OK to apply. (See screenshot below)​

5. Right click on the downloaded file and click on Open.​
6. Extract the WinMailTray.exe (Inside to the Desktop.​
7. Delete the downloaded folder when done extracting WinMailTray.exe.​
8. Go to C:\Program Files in Windows Explorer.​
NOTE: This is for adding a folder to put WinMailTray.exe in later.
9. Right click in a empty area and click New and click Folder.​
10. Click on Continue in Access Denied pop-up.​
11. Click on Continue in UAC pop-up.​
12. Type WinMailTray and press Enter.​
13. Click on Continue in Access Denied pop-up.​
14. Click on Continue in UAC pop-up.​
15. Right click on the extracted WinMailTray.exe file and click on Cut.​
16. Go back to C:\Program Files\WinMailTray and right click on a empty area and click Paste.​
NOTE: This is to put WinMailTray.exe inside the WinMailTray folder.
17. Click on Continue in Access Denied pop-up.​
18. Click on Continue in UAC pop-up.​
19. In C:\Program Files\WinMailTray, right click on WinMailTray.exe and click Send To and click Desktop (create shortcut).​
20. Place the shortcut (on desktop) where you like to be able to run WinMailTray when you like.​
NOTE: Place a copy of the shortcut in your Startup folder in the Start menu and All Programs if you want WinMailTray to run at startup.
21. Click on the shortcut to open WinMailTray.​
22. Open Windows Mail from WinMailTray icon on traybar.​
NOTE: You will now see an envelope in the Tray notification area with these options below:

How to Use WinMailTray

1. Have WinMailTray running.​
NOTE: WinMailTray must be running to be able to Hide (minimize) Windows Mail to the tray icon.
2. Right click the WinMailTray white envelope tray icon.​
NOTE: The Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons on Windows Mail will still work as they always have. You must use the tray icon's options to minimize to the tray icon and not the taskbar.
3. Click on Open Windows Mail to open Window Mail.​
NOTE: You can still open Windows Mail from the normal Windows Mail shortcut for WinMailTray icon to work.
4. Click on Hide to leave Windows Mail open and minimize it to the tray icon instead of the taskbar.​
NOTE: Clicking Minimize on Windows Mail will still just minimize it to the taskbar.
You must use the tray icon options.
5. Click on Show to maximize Windows Mail again.​
6. New Mail Message is to open Windows Mail's Create a new E-mail.​
7. The rest of the options are self explanatory.​

How to Uninstall WinMailTray

1. Go to the location (above) where you saved the WinMailTray.exe file toand delete it.​
NOTE: Example: C:\Program Files\WinMailTray
2. Delete any shortcuts you have of it, including the Startup folder in Start Menu and All Programs if you put a shortcut there to.​
That's it,

Last edited:
Shawn Brink


I followed all the instructions (including unblock)but when tried tu unzip the download I've got access denied...!!!!
HEeeelp!! !
Hi Djraul66,

Welcome to the forum. :party:

Did you try to unzip the WinMailTray.exe to the Desktop first?

Your welcome Djraul,

Glad to hear it is working.

X86 stands for 32 bit. In the 64 bit Vista the Program Files folder are the 64 bit programs and the Programs (x86) are the 32 bit programs. It has both for better compatibilty with add-ons and such. (EX: the 32 bit IE7 and 64 bit IE7).

This is a great program.

I successfully downloaded it, and got it to appear in my System Tray But when I right clicked on Close - Only "Tray Control" appeared as a further menu item. When I also clicked on Tray Control, the envelope in the Tray disappeared and in effect the program disappeared. I could not get Windows Mail to hide when minimized or keep the Windows mail Tray Icon to stay visible in the system tray when I tried to click on Tray Control.
Hi slw0606,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

If Windows Mail is not open (running), then it will not be an available option in Close to close a program. Only the Tray Control will be. When you click on Tray Control it is to close the WinMailTray program, so it will also close the tray icon. You will need to use the Hide or Show option in the tray icon to hide or show Windows Mail to the tray icon.

Hope this helps,
Thanks Shawn frsuch a quick reply.

OK, when I had Windows Mail open and minimized in the task bar I was able to click on the Hide option in your program and it successfully hid Windows Mail.

Question: How do I automatically do this at Windows startup?

I know about the Startup folder. When I included Windows Mail in my startup folder (open minimized) and added your program to the Startup folder too, your program did not automatically hide Windows Mail when Windows was restarted.

I'm glad to hear it is working for you now.

If you include Windows Mail in the Startup folder, it will open and not be hidden in the tray icon. The only workaround is to only have the WinMailTray.exe program in the Startup folder and open Windows Mail from it, or manually Hide Windows Mail from the tray icon after startup. Sorry. :(

Hello Techgeek, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, you still have to have Windows Mail open for this to still work. This allows you to minimize (hide) Windows Mail to the tray icon instead of the taskbar and still receive email alerts.

Hope this helps clarifies the function of this tray icon better for you. :)

Just a note. The New Mail Message option appears to be broken now, not quite sure why.

Note this is WinMail "cooked" for Windows 7 x64 in my L: drive. Otherwise the tray app works fine. The create new message feature worked once or twice to my knowledge then simply quit.
When it happens the tray icon disappears and I have to start it again.
I checked the registry thinking that perhaps something was looking for the C: drive maybe but couldn't find anything.


The text below states:

See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

************** Exception Text **************
System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: The system cannot find the drive specified
at System.Diagnostics.Process.StartWithShellExecuteEx(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
at System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(ProcessStartInfo startInfo)
at Windows_Mail_Tray_Controller.WMTrayWND.ToolStripMenuItem2_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.RaiseEvent(Object key, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripMenuItem.OnClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleClick(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripItem.HandleMouseUp(MouseEventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mea)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mea)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStrip.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripDropDown.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

************** Loaded Assemblies **************
Assembly Version:
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CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
Windows Mail Tray Controller
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version:
CodeBase: file:///L:/Program%20Files/WinMailTray/WinMailTray.exe
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/
Assembly Version:
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CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
Assembly Version:
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CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5467 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
CodeBase: file:///L:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/
Hello Peter,

This program was designed for Windows Mail in Vista, so I'm not sure how well it will work with Windows 7 if at all.

You might give the other program "Windows Mail Tray Icon" (tip box) instead of "WinMailTray" a try to see how it works.
The other one needs too many adjustments to get it to work, already tried. I'll stay with this one and forget about the new message option.