Using the Windows System Tray to Manage Websites and Applications

by Diana Nguyen


This walkthrough discusses how to manage your websites and applications using the system tray. This feature lets you manage all running sites from the same system tray.

This walkthrough assumes that you have installed two or more websites and applications on your server.


You must have the following installed to complete the procedures in this walkthrough:

  • Windows XP or newer

Managing Sites and Applications with the System Tray

  1. Right-click IIS Express in the system tray. If you do not see the icon, click Show hidden icons to display the icon.

    Screenshot of the the system tray with the Show hidden icons selection highlighted.

    You will see the following:

    Screenshot of the expanded menu to display a list of sites after right clicking on the WebMatrix icon.

    Sites Displays a list of the sites that you are currently running. Select a specific site to display the Browse Applications and Stop Site options.
    Exit Closes all the sites that you are currently running.
    Browse Applications Displays the URL addresses for each application. Click on the URL to view the site in a browser window.
    Stop Site Stops the selected site from running. This action removes the site from the list of sites in the system tray. You must use either WebMatrix or IIS Express to start the site to see the site in the system tray again.
    Show All Applications Displays a dialog box with a list of the applications that are running, including the site name, URL, and Process Identifier (PID). Use the Group by list to sort the applications by site name or PID. Select a site name to view additional details for each site, including the parent, path, runtime version, and configuration file path. The parent is the application that was used to start the instance of IIS Express that is hosting the site. If you right-click a site name you will see a context menu with additional options, such as stopping the site, browsing, etc. You can also stop all applications in this dialog box.
    Stop All Stops all the running applications that are listed and exits the system tray.

    Screenshot of the I I S Express Running Applications dialog box.


If there are any errors when running IIS Express, you will see the following notification:

Screenshot of an I I S Express error notification.

Click the notification for more information, including a detailed error message and recommended steps to resolve the issue. For example:

Screenshot of the detailed error message dialog box.

For more information about IIS Express, see Use the Command Line to Run a Site.