Thinking Out Loud

WinForms Taskbar Assistant (What's New in 13.2)

Another new addition to our WinForms product line is the Taskbar Assistant. It was built to simplify the customization of the Windows taskbar button, its live preview (displayed when you hover your mouse over the taskbar button) and to help you create jump lists (when you right click the taskbar button).

So here is the all too familiar taskbar button before we've applied our customizations to it...

WinForms Taskbar Assistant

Here it is with a 16x16 overlay image courtesy of the Taskbar Assistant.

WinForms Taskbar Assistant Overlay

Here is the same taskbar button with a progress bar.

WinForms Taskbar Assistant with Progress Bar

Note that you can control the manner in which the progress bar is displayed (normal, indeterminate, paused or error).

As mentioned earlier, the Taskbar Assistant allows you to customize the taskbar button's live preview and insert thumbnail buttons within it. 

Windows Taskbar Assistant Live Preview 

And finally, when you need to add jump lists to your taskbar button's menu, the Taskbar Assistant allows you to create both task and custom categories with individual items.

WinForms Taskbar Assistant Jump Lists

Published Nov 28 2013, 10:38 PM by
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That looks cool :)

November 29, 2013 9:42 AM


nice! i have noticed a lot more applications starting to use this functionality recently and wondered what it would take to implement it.

at this rate going to have to take a few days off just to get to grips with everything that is coming in 13.2

November 29, 2013 4:04 PM

Matt Jacobi

I'm excited for this! Great job, guys!

December 2, 2013 11:55 AM

sagar kaur

what about wpf ?

December 4, 2013 1:30 PM

Chris W.

Do you have a demo?

I tried finding it in the standard demo-collection.

April 17, 2014 2:07 AM

Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

Hi Chris

Yes, they are part of our technical demos. Those screenshots are all from demos. Start our WinForms demos. You'll then see a collection of tiles. Press the Desktop UI Manager tile.

This will launch the App UI demo. Then, type in Taskbar in the search field above the navigation bar on the left side of the screen. You'll be able to run the demo and see how the taskbar settings behave.

April 17, 2014 2:50 AM

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