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How do I hide Thunderbird from the launcher while running?

I have tried to look for this answer in other questions but there is none that can solve the problem.

What I need is this basic steps. Start Thunderbird and if I want to close it, it minimizes to the system tray (and does not show in the Launcher to avoid having an additional option there). If a new mail arrives, it notifies me via the notify-send popups (Even will minimized) and the New mails appear on the system tray of the email option. When I click this new mails they open thunderbird and show me the new mails.

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When I mention minimized I mean in this panel.

All the other questions regarding Thunderbird minimized are not working.

UPDATE: Already tried the Thunderbird Plugin FireTray. The problem with it (at least in 12.04 for what I am seeing) is that it minimizes Thunderbird forever. You can only see it again if I click on the system tray menu option "Compose New Message" or "Contacts" (Does not work if I click on "Mail" option). The only option activated with this plugin is to minimize the window when I click on close.

If I remove the Firetray addon after testing for example 5 times and then restart Thunderbird, Thunderbird will open the amount of tries I did. This time it opened 5 Thunderbird. Something like FireTray was holding down Thunderbird from appearing for each time I tried to open it. So in this particular case Firetray is not working or helping, it just minimizes Thunderbird but then creates additional problems for it.

merged by fossfreedom May 23 '12 at 14:41

This question was merged with How do I hide Thunderbird from the launcher while running? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.

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