Start menu with recent apps on your Android device
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README.md

Taskbar puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen that's accessible at any time, increasing your productivity and turning your Android tablet (or phone) into a real multitasking machine!

On devices running Android 7.0 Nougat, Taskbar can also launch apps in freeform windows for a PC-like experience! No root required! (see below for instructions)

Also works great as an Android app launcher for Chromebooks! (Be sure to set your Chrome OS shelf to autohide)

Features

  • Start menu - shows you all applications installed on the device, configurable as a list or as a grid
  • Recent apps tray - shows your most recently used apps and lets you easily switch between them
  • Collapsible and hideable - show it when you need it, hide it when you don't
  • Many different configuration options - customize Taskbar however you want
  • Pin favorite apps or block the ones you don't want to see
  • Designed with keyboard and mouse in mind
  • 100% free, open source, and no ads

Freeform window mode (Android 7.0 Nougat)

Taskbar lets you launch apps in freeform floating windows on Android 7.0 Nougat. No root access is required. Simply follow these steps to configure your device for launching apps in freeform mode:

  1. Check the box for "Freeform window support" inside the Taskbar app
  2. Follow the directions that appear in the pop-up to enable the proper settings on your device
  3. With Taskbar turned on, go to your device's recent apps page
  4. Clear all recent apps, then go back to the (empty) recent apps page
  5. Press Taskbar's start button and select an app to launch it in a freeform window

For more information and detailed instructions, click "Help & instructions for freeform mode" inside the Taskbar app.

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How to Build

Prerequisites:

  • Windows, Mac, or Linux machine
  • JDK 8
  • Internet connection (to download dependencies)

Once all the prerequisites are met, simply cd to the base directory of the project and run "./gradlew assembleFreeDebug" to start the build. Dependencies will download and the build will run. After the build completes, cd to "app/build/outputs/apk" where you will end up with the APK file "app-free-debug.apk", ready to install on your Android device.

Icon Pack Support

Taskbar includes support for ADW-style icon packs. If you are an icon pack developer and would like to include support for applying the icon pack from within your app, simply use the following code:

Intent intent = new Intent("com.farmerbb.taskbar.APPLY_ICON_PACK");
intent.putExtra("android.intent.extra.PACKAGE_NAME", "com.iconpack.name");
startActivity(intent);

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