Control any Windows Service from the Taskbar

Easily Monitor & Control any Windows Service from a Tray Icon

Conveniently Start, Stop or Restart any Windows Service with a couple of clicks!

Free For Windows 11/10/8 & Server 2022/2019/2016/2012

Start/Stop/Restart any Windows Service from a Taskbar Tray Icon

Do you need to keep tabs on an important Windows Service? Is there a service that you constantly start and stop? Why waste time opening the Services Control Panel application yet again when you can do everything quickly from a tray icon?

ServiceTray will save you time by placing any Windows Service at your fingertips. For example, start your service with two clicks of the mouse.

Sayonara, services.msc!

Overview: Start/stop/restart any Windows Services from the task tray

Key Features & Benefits

  • Start / stop / restart any Windows Service effortlessly from the Windows Taskbar ("system tray")
  • The tray icon instantly lets you know if your service is running or not
  • Tray icon notifications will alert you when the service stops or starts unexpectedly
  • Easily switch to Session 0 to view the GUI from your interactive services
  • Integrates with AlwaysUp to provide "in session" functionality (start or restart in the current session)
  • Shows service details on demand (CPU, Memory, Uptime, etc)
  • Manage multiple services, each with a different customizable tray icon
  • No need to use the net.exe and sc.exe utilities at the command line or run Services from the Control Panel

But perhaps most important of all, ServiceTray was designed and implemented by Senior Software Engineers with over 25 years of real-world experience developing robust, mission-critical applications. Our software is of the highest quality, and we stand by it without reservation.

Overview: Start/stop/restart any Windows Services from the task tray

How to Manage a Windows Service with ServiceTray

Create a Shortcut for your Service

After installation, use ServiceTray to create a shortcut that will launch a tray icon to manage a given service:

  1. Run Start > All Programs > ServiceTray > Configure ServiceTray. This will bring up the "Create Shortcut" window:

    ServiceTray: Create Shortcut Dialog

  2. Select the service you would like to control.
  3. Choose the icon that you would like to show up on the taskbar.
  4. Select the folder where the shortcut should be saved. Specify Startup to place the shortcut in your Startup folder and have Windows start it whenever you log in; specify Desktop to create a convenient icon that you can manually launch. Or you can enter any folder you like.
  5. Click the Create Shortcut >> button to create the shortcut:

    ServiceTray: Shortcut Created

  6. Click Done to dismiss the window

Running the Shortcut & Controlling your Service

  • If you created the shortcut in Startup, Windows will start ServiceTray automatically when you log on. Otherwise, double-click on the shortcut to start it.
  • A new tray icon will announce itself on the taskbar:

    ServiceTray: Started

    The icon's color will indicate the service's state. Green means running, red means stopped and yellow means transitioning (starting, stopping, etc).

  • Right-click (or left-click) the icon to reveal the service's menu where you can start, stop, restart or show details of the service:

    ServiceTray: Menu

  • Double-click on the icon to show the details of the service:

    ServiceTray: Service Details

  • ServiceTray will pop up an alert if your service stops or starts unexpectedly:

    ServiceTray: Service Stopped Alert

  • Open common administrative utilities (Services, Event Viewer, Task Manager) from the Tools sub-menu:

    ServiceTray: Tools Menu


Download ServiceTray Version 4.0
March 19 2021
2.6 MB Installer
  • For Windows 11/10/8 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012
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