How to Tray Hangouts
Some people who have installed Google’s new “Hangouts” app have been disappointed by the interface in Windows. It places an icon on your taskbar, and places some bubble icons along the right side of your screen that can get in the way.
If you preferred the way Google Talk ran, as a small, unobtrusive icon in your system tray (the tiny icons by your clock), this is how to get hangouts to behave the same way.
I found out today that there are actually two Hangouts options: the Hangouts extension and the Hangouts app. The Hangouts extension is the one you probably want.
The difference between the hangouts app and the hangouts extension
If you would like to switch from the app to the extension, it’s just two steps:
- Uninstall the app. Go to about:apps in Chrome (type it in the address bar), right-click “Hangouts” and click “Uninstall.”
- Install the extension: Go here to install the extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd
BONUS: Cool hangouts feature: Screen sharing
Did you know you can start a screen share from a Hangouts chat? Click the Camera button in the top left corner of the chat window. This starts a “video call” (you can mute your camera if you don’t want them to see you). Then hover your mouse on the left side of the screen to reveal a vertical toolbar. Click the green button to start sharing your desktop.