Closing programs that run in the background
Some programs like to keep themselves in your computer’s
memory even when you are not directly using them. This tutorial will demonstrate some common methods of closing
these kinds of programs so that DryFire is not competing with other programs
for your computer’s memory.
The first step is to
take a look at your system tray (this is the area of the task bar where Windows
displays the time).
You may have to click
an arrow to show hidden icons.
After clicking this
arrow, the hidden icons appear (until you move your mouse off of the system
Each icon in the
system tray is a program that is resident in your computer’s memory.
Before I go into
closing these programs from the system tray, you should know that most of these
programs are probably set to start up automatically when Windows boots up. This means that you will have to close the
program every time you boot up your computer. If you wish, you may disable this feature from the program. As you will see with closing the programs, the
way you disable a program from loading at Windows “startup” is slightly
different for each program.
In my first example,
I will use MSN messenger.
To stop MSN messenger
from starting up every time you turn on your computer, open the program by
double-clicking the icon in the system tray.
The MSN messenger
window will appear.
Click on “Tools” from
the menu bar.
From the “Tools” menu
This window will
Click on the
Uncheck the first box
(“Run this program when Windows starts”)
Click the close
Now we are ready to close the program.
Each program has its
own way to close from the taskbar. Usually you can right-click the icon and find an “Exit”, “Close”, or
Right-click on the
This menu will
Click “Exit” to end
the program and free the memory from your computer.
Notice the MSN
messenger icon is no longer in the system tray.
I will now give just
a few more quick examples of closing programs that are in the system tray.
Right-click the icon.
Click the option to
close the program.
The icon is now gone
from the system tray to let you know it is no longer running.
Click the option to
shut down the program.
Again the icon is no
longer in the system tray.
You may follow this
kind of technique to close most programs that appear in your system tray
(running in the background).
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