Alternatives to DM2 for all platforms with any license

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  • 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, minimize any window to tray or to any edge of the desktop, automatically close annoying windows and...

    Commercial Windows

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  • RBTray icon

    RBTray

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

    Open Source Windows

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  • eXtra Buttons icon

    eXtra Buttons

    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 tray, keep it on-top, send it to the background, adjust the window's transparency and more....

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

    • Discontinued Social networks not updated in years.
  • Ghoster icon

    Ghoster

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

    Free Windows

    No features added Add a feature
  • 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 the windows (Always on Top, Minimize to Tray, Minimize to Caption, Specify Transparency, Position...

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

  • PowerMenu icon

    PowerMenu

    PowerMenu is a small application that some extra menu items to the windows control menu in addition to the standard "Close", "Maximize", etc options. The extra menus are: Priority, Always On Top, Transparency and...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

    • Discontinued The app is no longer updated, but it can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • 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 common tasks such as minimize windows, restart Windows, etc. - Minimize programs onto the taskbar...

    Free Windows

    No features added Add a feature
  • 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 the following actions: Minimize To Tray - any application can be minimized to the system tray. ...

    Freemium Windows

    No features added Add a feature
  • MenuTools icon

    MenuTools

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

    Free Windows

  • Minime icon

    Minime

    Minime is a tool that allows you to minimize applications to the system tray using a simple hotkey. What makes this tool somewhat unique is that it keeps your system tray clean by minimizing all applications into a single tray icon. ...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued Last Update: 2013-04-10. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/minime-tool/
  • SmartSystemMenu

    SmartSystemMenu extends system menu of all windows in the system. It appends next custom items to menu: * Information. Shows a dialog with information of the current window and process: the window handle, the window caption, the...

    Open Source Windows

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    TurboTop

    Like the "Always on Top" feature that some programs have? TurboTop lets you set any window to be "Always on Top!" Taskbar With TurboTop Icon (on far right)You're probably familiar with the "Always on...

    Free Windows

  • ShellEnhancer icon

    ShellEnhancer

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

    Free Windows

    No features added Add a feature
    • Discontinued Last version, 3.0.0.91, was released on December 2006, but it can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • TrayIt! icon

    TrayIt!

    TrayIt! - minimize to the system icon tray any program (Outlook Express, Notepad, Word, Internet Explorer, Sunbird, Thunderbird, Opera, OpenOffice etc.) and get more room in the Taskbar!

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.6.5.5, released on June 2008, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.
  • Pitaschio icon

    Pitaschio

    Pitaschio is a freeware which makes it convenient to use Microsoft Windows. Pitaschio includes a large number of useful functions mainly related to mouse operation and window management. This is a essential tool to use windows...

    Free Windows

    No features added Add a feature
    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.26, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from MajorGeeks.
  • 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, send it to tray, change the process/thread priority, Shuffle the taskbar etc. The paid version...

    Freemium Windows

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  • FreeSnap icon

    FreeSnap

    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 resize any window edge to the corresponding screen edge. Want that window to touch the right edge...

    Free Windows

    No features added Add a feature
  • 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 through right-clicking on any windows title bar or taskbar button. This tool can add extra menus...

    Free Windows

  • DeskAngel icon

    DeskAngel

    DeskAngel is an enhancement tool for Windows desktop. It is simple, portable and totally free. It contains following features: System Features: - Lock windows. System provided a hotkey win+l. - Turn off monitor. Default hotkey...

    Free Windows

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  • HideWin icon

    HideWin

    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 assigns automatically. It appears to be abandonware, but it is only 13KB and still works.

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.0, released on June 13th, 2008, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.
  • AllTray icon

    AllTray

    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 which doesn’t have a native tray icon into the system tray/notification area. AllTray works with...

    Free Personal Linux BSD

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  • 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 awesome and practical trick allows you to focus in the windows that you have chosen. One click at the top...

    Open Source Windows

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  • 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

    No features added Add a feature
  • KDocker icon

    KDocker

    KDocker will help you dock any application into the system tray. This means you can dock Openoffice, xmms, Firefox, Thunderbird, anything! Just point and click. Works for all NET WM compliant window managers - that includes KDE...

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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 to instantly organize your windows and simple ways to layout windows with your mouse.

    Commercial Mac

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  • Desklayer icon

    Desklayer

    Desklayer is a windows manager that provides to arrange windows on the desktop in various types of layout. Desklayer allows you to move windows across all positions of the layout and arrange the windows size and the layout arrangement...

    Open Source Windows

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  • WinMover icon

    WinMover

    WinMover is an application for moving windows more comfortable with the the mouse in Microsoft Windows®. It is fully customizable and can mimic the behaviour of many window managers for UNIX and Linux. If you for example hold...

    Free Windows

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    • Warning From website: "Warning! WinMover will cause any application to freeze under some conditions." See http://www.eliasae.se/winmover/download/
  • winlayout icon

    winlayout

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

    Free Windows

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  • VirtualScreenMaximizer icon

    VirtualScreenMaximizer

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

    Free Windows

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  • ZoneSize icon

    ZoneSize

    Define zones that autosize windows dropped on them. Features: - Hold a window over a zone for .5 sec to autosize it. - Doubleclick the tray icon to center the active window.

    Free Windows

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  • WinWarden icon

    WinWarden

    Automatically control how to display a window. Features: - Move, maximize, minimize, restore, enable, disable, hide, show, ontop, bottom, alwaysontop, clip, transparent, transparent color, move relative to another window, stick to...

    Free Windows

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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.

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[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

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