How to do overlay icons on the taskbar in Windows 7 for .NET

I would suggest using the Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework that wraps all the shell programming stuff.

You'll find a very detailed article here that'll show you how to use it.

Note that the Windows® API Code Pack doesn't work with XP (not supported), and is very limited with Vista. Overlay icons are only available on Windows 7 for instance.


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  1. Braylen

    • 2015/6/8

    I would suggest using the Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework that wraps all the shell programming stuff.

  2. Kian

    • 2018/10/22

    Imports Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Taskbar ' Add reference to Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell.dll ' Snipped If TaskbarManager.IsPlatformSupported Then TaskbarManager.Instance.SetOverlayIcon (icon, altText) End If. .net vb.net windows-7 overlay taskbar. Share.

  3. Wes

    • 2018/9/26

    Introduction · Windows 7, New Taskbar, Progress Bar and Overlay Icon · Do We Need It At All? · How To Use It? · How About Multiple Views? · Yes We 

  4. Ari

    • 2018/8/27

    The Windows 7 taskbar is more than just a place to hold icons for running and pinned applications. Among other things, you can use it to display the progress of a long-running operation and overlay informational icons to indicate a change in application state – the topic of this post.

  5. Luka

    • 2021/2/17

    You can use the taskbar button overlay in Windows 7 to communicate status when the icon in the notification area is hidden. Your application can detect the 

  6. Maverick

    • 2020/8/4

    Setting an overlay icon or providing a progress bar in the Windows 7 taskbar is a fairly easy task. Fortunately, for managed developers, there is a managed equivalent in the Windows API Code Pack. To set an overlay icon, you use the ITaskbarList3::SetOverlayIcon method, which takes an icon handle (HICON) and a string serving as an accessible description.

  7. Jose

    • 2017/3/19

    This makes sense, since you can't change the taskbar overlay icon, for example, if there is no taskbar button yet! In practice, this means that 

  8. Harvey

    • 2018/12/9

    Overlay Icons. The ITaskbarList4 interface, specifically its SetOverlayIcon function, exposes the native overlay functionality. The function takes a window handle, an icon handle, and optional description text, as you can see in the following code snippet. HICON hIcon = NULL; // for IDM_OVERLAY_CLEAR.

  9. Bardhi

    • 2020/1/25

    Because this is a Windows 7 feature, you will need to create a WPF project that supports .NET 4. The latest versions of Expression Blend and 

  10. Rocky

    • 2020/1/29

    We covered the basics of the Windows 7 Taskbar in Developing for the Windows 7 Taskbar – Application ID, and how you can create a Jump List 

  11. Rocco

    • 2021/5/12

    You can do this from code, or as I prefer, directly in the XAML for the window. <Window x:Class="WpfApplication32.MainWindow" xmlns="http:// 

  12. Conte

    • 2020/3/4

    Microsoft & .NETTake advantage of the Windows 7 TaskBar in your next project In addition, the icon itself can be updated with overlays.

  13. Vincenzo

    • 2021/7/6

    The final taskbar feature that Windows 7 provides is the taskbar overlay—the ability to add a small image overtop of the taskbar icon.

  14. Billy

    • 2015/8/21

    The final taskbar feature that Windows 7 provides is the taskbar overlay—the ability to add a small image overtop of the taskbar icon.

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