Sep 072008

Alltray is a free opensource tool to dock any application with no native tray icon (like Evolution, evoluThunderbird, Terminals) into the system tray. A high-light feature is that a click on the ‘close’ button will minimize back to system tray. It works well with Gnome, KDE, XFCE 4, Fluxbox and WindowMaker.

Install Alltray

Packman hosts a 1-click installer for Alltray. Click AllTray 1-click installto download the Yast Metapackage (YMP) file and start the YaST Package manager. This should work on openSUSE 11.0/10.3/10.2, SuSE 10.1/10.0. Click Next on the screen showing the package details and click Next on the proposal window showing repositories to be added and software to be installed (alltray). This will add the repositories and then download and install alltray and required dependencies. Click Finish after successful installation.

All Tray install description Alltray install proposal

Successful install

This adds Alltray under “Applications – Utilities – More Programs” as “AllTray“.

AllTray in Menu

Click AllTray from the menu to start AllTray. Running for the first time, AllTray will prompt you to select the “X” button to be recognised as close button. At anytime, when you want to dock a window, start AllTray and click on the window. Here for instance, I’ve docked my Firefox window on the “System Tray”.

AllTray in action

To undock window at any time, right-click on the icon on the system tray and click “Undock”.

UnDock application from Systray

A simple useful tool but obviously not so user friendly to start AllTray everytime you want to dock/undock an application. To visit the project homepage, click here