That's what it's called! Yes I like to have the e-mail going in the background but it looks a tad untidy in the task bar all the time. I know Mailwasher and DAP will minimise to the system tray so I wonder why Microsoft products don't if you'd like them to.
Are you using Xp or 2k Pro? If the former..right click on Start, properties, select show quick launch and the icon will be there by default ( or it may be 'use classic view'..i forget right at this minute..try both) anyhoos..once you have the quick launch next to your start button you can drag and drop icons at your leasure.
W2k allows you to drag and drop the icons on to the bottom bar at will.
AAaahh...now you see that's just geography. My way puts the icons on the left hand side not the right, i guess there must be a way of moving them but TBH it has never bothered me which side they are on as long as they are visible...also isn't the system tray for all the processes that are running from startup?