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Taskbar

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+, Taskbar can also launch apps in freeform windows for a PC-like experience! No root required! (see below for instructions)

Taskbar is also fully supported on Chrome OS - use Taskbar as a secondary Android app launcher on your Chromebook!

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+)

Taskbar lets you launch apps in freeform floating windows on Android 7.0+ devices. No root access is required, although Android 8.0+ devices require an adb shell command to be run during initial setup.

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 (one-time setup)
  3. Go to your device's recent apps page and clear all recent apps
  4. Start Taskbar, then 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.

Download

Taskbar can be downloaded as a standalone Android app from:

Google Play F-Droid

Taskbar is also included as part of the following Android distributions for PCs:

How to Build

Prerequisites:

  • Windows/MacOS/Linux
  • JDK 8
  • Android SDK
  • 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);

Contributors

  • Mark Morilla (app logo) (https://plus.google.com/106169552593075739372)
  • naofum (Japanese translation)
  • HardSer (Russian translation)
  • OfficialMITX (German translation)
  • Whale Majida (Chinese translation)
  • Mesut Han (Turkish translation)