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Posted 5 Oct 2007

NotifyIcon in System Tray with Context Menu Using C#

, 5 Oct 2007
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This is a small application which shows how we to use NotifyIcon in the system tray and also use a menu control with it.

Screenshot - systemTray.jpg


Using the NotifyIcon component, we can put our application icon on the system tray and use a ConextMenuStrip to control the menu in the system tray.


The function of the ConextMenuStrip is the similar to that of the menu bar. It will appear only when we right click for it.

Screenshot - conextmenu.jpg

Using the code

The code for this application is very simple, you just need to know how to use it. Code for restore application, open settings, close from system tray are listed in this section:

namespace NotifyIcon
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            Use_Notify(); // Setting up all Property of Notifyicon 

        private void Use_Notify()
            MyNotify.ContextMenuStrip = contextMenuStrip1; 
            MyNotify.BalloonTipText = "This is A Sample Application";
            MyNotify.BalloonTipTitle = "Your Application Name";

        private void Form1_Resize(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Hide The Form when it's minimized
            if (FormWindowState.Minimized == WindowState)
        private void MyNotify_DoubleClick(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Show the form when Dblclicked on Notifyicon
            WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal;
        private void closeToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Will Close Your Application 

        private void restoreToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            //Will Restore Your Application 
            WindowState = FormWindowState.Normal;

        private void settingsToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            //Settings 1
            MessageBox.Show("Your Application Settings 1");

        private void settings2ToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            //Settings 2
            MessageBox.Show("Your Application Settings 2");

You can apply this in any of your applications.


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smpaliwal29-Mar-13 21:18
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
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GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
Abhijit Jana9-Aug-09 21:33
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Ingvarr24-Jul-09 1:06
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GeneralRe: My vote of 1 Pin
Abhijit Jana26-Sep-09 22:37
mvpAbhijit Jana26-Sep-09 22:37 
General[My vote of 1] where is the code Pin
Donsw28-Jun-09 14:43
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
ayo1016-Jun-09 10:31
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Pri N T8-Jan-09 17:02
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GeneralWhere's the code for 'MyNotify' Pin
Mark19753-Apr-08 14:37
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GeneralRe: Where's the code for 'MyNotify' Pin
John Simmons / outlaw programmer20-Apr-08 4:13
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GeneralNotify icon stays in tray... Pin
Mark James Newman11-Oct-07 12:53
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GeneralRe: Notify icon stays in tray... Pin
Abhijit Jana15-Oct-07 19:14
memberAbhijit Jana15-Oct-07 19:14 
GeneralRe: Notify icon stays in tray... Pin
Mark James Newman16-Oct-07 3:31
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