Alternatives to DM2 for all platforms with any license



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  • AquaSnap icon


    Too many windows on your screen? Stop wasting your productivity. AquaSnap brings new easy and efficient ways to manage multiple...

    Freemium Windows

  • Actual Window Manager icon

    Actual Window Manager

    Actual Window Manager is 13 tools in 1. You can add new buttons to any windows title bar, add transparency effect to any window...

    Commercial Windows

  • RBTray icon


    Allows almost any program to be minimized to the system tray by right clicking its minimize button.

    Open Source Windows

  • eXtra Buttons icon

    eXtra Buttons Discontinued

    eXtra Buttons lets you add up to 10 additional buttons to the title bar of each window, which allow you to minimize the window to the...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

  • Ghoster icon


    Dims all windows except the active one. Features: - Place a transparent image across the screen. - Highly configurable.

    Free Windows

  • The Wonderful Icon icon

    The Wonderful Icon

    The Wonderful Icon is a small Windows utility that resides in your PC's taskbar tray. With it, you can: - Assign hotkeys for...

    Free Windows

  • PowerMenu icon

    PowerMenu Discontinued

    PowerMenu is a small application that some extra menu items to the windows control menu in addition to the standard "Close"...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

  • Chameleon Window Manager icon

    Chameleon Window Manager

    Chameleon Window Manager will allow you to control the windows of your programs using customizable buttons added to the title bars of...

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

  • MenuTools icon


    a tiny application that adds "Priority", “Transparency”, “Always On Top” and “Minimize To Tray” to the windows control menu.

    Free Windows

  • 4t Tray Minimizer icon

    4t Tray Minimizer

    4t Tray Minimizer is a lightweight but powerful window manager, which helps you to free up space on the desktop and the taskbar via...

    Freemium Windows

  • ShellEnhancer icon

    ShellEnhancer Discontinued

    NuonSoft ShellEnhancer is a powerfull utility designed to enhance the default shell of Windows. Learn more about ShellEnhancer.

    Free Windows

  • SmartSystemMenu

    SmartSystemMenu extends system menu of all windows in the system. It appends next custom items to menu: * Information. Shows a...

    Open Source Windows

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    Like the "Always on Top" feature that some programs have? TurboTop lets you set any window to be "Always on Top!" ...

    Free Windows

  • TrayIt! icon

    TrayIt! Discontinued

    TrayIt! - minimize to the system icon tray any program (Outlook Express, Notepad, Word, Internet Explorer, Sunbird, Thunderbird...

    Free Windows

  • Pitaschio icon

    Pitaschio Discontinued

    Pitaschio is a freeware which makes it convenient to use Microsoft Windows. Pitaschio includes a large number of useful functions...

    Free Windows

  • xNeat Windows Manager icon

    xNeat Windows Manager

    xNeat is a windows enhancement utility. With the free version you can change any windows transparency, hide it, make it always on top...

    Freemium Windows

  • TopMenu

    TopMenu is a functionality clone of PowerMenu, but designed to be compatible with Windows 7 and 64-bit systems.

    Open Source Windows

  • KDE Mover-Sizer icon

    KDE Mover-Sizer

    A lightweight program enabling KDE-style alt-click moving and resizing for Windows XP, 7, 2000, 2003, Windows Server, and Vista. Use...

    Free Windows

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  • FreeSnap icon


    Ever try to size a window so it just touches the edge of the screen? It’s tedious (at least for me). FreeSnap allows you to instantly...

    Free Windows

  • Moo0 WindowMenuPlus icon

    Moo0 WindowMenuPlus

    Moo0 WindowMenuPlus lets you have extra useful menus in every windows "system window menu". Its the menu that you can access...

    Free Windows

  • DeskAngel icon


    DeskAngel is an enhancement tool for Windows desktop. It is simple, portable and totally free. It contains following features: ...

    Free Windows

  • HideWin icon

    HideWin Discontinued

    HideWin sits in the system tray and enables you to hide any top-level window with its popup tray menu or an ALT+letter hotkey that it...

    Free Windows

  • AllTray icon


    AllTray is a program you can use on Unix-like systems such as GNU/Linux or FreeBSD running the X Window System to dock any application...

    Free Personal Linux BSD

  • Minime icon


    Minime is a tool that allows you to minimize applications to the system tray using a simple hotkey. What makes this tool somewhat...

    Free Windows

  • Aero Shake icon

    Aero Shake

    Aero Shake is a new feature for windows 7. It allows you to minimize and restore the windows that are open in your desktop. This...

    Open Source Windows

  • Shock Caption icon

    Shock Caption

    Make Windows in caption bar size and recover again. Version 1.5 available. Version 1.1 download is compromised.

    Free Windows

  • KDocker icon


    KDocker will help you dock any application into the system tray. This means you can dock Openoffice, xmms, Firefox, Thunderbird...

    Open Source Linux

  • Optimal Layout icon

    Optimal Layout

    Optimal Layout is a powerful Mac OS X application for managing your applications windows. Optimal Layout gives you keyboard shortcuts...

    Commercial Mac

  • Desklayer icon


    Desklayer is a windows manager that provides to arrange windows on the desktop in various types of layout. Desklayer allows you to...

    Open Source Windows

  • WinMover icon

    WinMover Warning

    WinMover is an application for moving windows more comfortable with the the mouse in Microsoft Windows®. It is fully customizable...

    Free Windows

  • winlayout icon


    WinLayout is a program with keyboard hotkeys to move, resize, and snap windows all around the desktop area.

    Free Windows

  • VirtualScreenMaximizer icon


    Small utility that maximizes user's windows over the entire virtual screen area (that is, all monitors). It registers configurable...

    Free Windows

  • ZoneSize icon


    Define zones that autosize windows dropped on them. Features: - Hold a window over a zone for .5 sec to autosize it. -...

    Free Windows

  • WinWarden icon


    Automatically control how to display a window. Features: - Move, maximize, minimize, restore, enable, disable, hide, show, ontop...

    Free Windows

DM2 Comments

[2] Minimize applications to tray

Comment by realnabarl
about DM2 and Actual Window Manager, eXtra Buttons, Dexpot Sep 2015

Part 1

Dexpot: Can do the operation (tried it by both right-clicking minimize button and hotkey combination). It has the 'fake minimize' problem.

eXtra Buttons: Can do the operation (tried it by right-clicking title bar extra button). It has the 'fake minimize' problem.

Actual Window Manager: Can do the operation (tried it by both right-clicking minimize button). The only one doing the job perfectly, but it is not free.

PowerMenu: Can only handle a few windows.

No more time to test a little thing like this, sorry... For the moment I'll pick up The Wonderful Icon as a free choice.


[1] Minimize applications to tray

Comment by realnabarl
about DM2 and RBTray, 4t Tray Minimizer, The Wonderful Icon Sep 2015

DM2 hasn't updated for 8 years, it can't handle right-clicking minimize button to minimize applications to tray operation on my Windows 7 x64, so I began to seek some alternatives.

Pitaschio: Can do the operation (tried it by right-clicking minimize button). But just a little better to DM2 (not updated for almost 5 years). It can cause problems like crashing your explorer.exe.

The Wonderful Icon: A software final released in 2002, but it works fine! Can do the operation (tried it by right-clicking minimize button). The only problem is if one application you minimized to tray is bugged, can't respond, then all your applications you minimized to tray can't use The Wonderful Icon's context menu.

4t Tray Minimizer: Can do the operation (tried it by right-clicking minimize button), and hasn't that context menu problem. But it is a 'fake minimize', if the app plays sounds, it still plays, and the CPU usage will not be lowered. At least the free version works this way.

RBTray: Can do the operation (tried it by right-clicking minimize button). But it has both 'context menu frozen' and 'fake minimize' problem, and you must end the process to kill/unload it, not recomended.

Part 2