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, 3 Apr 2007
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How to put a progressbar control into the taskbar.


This article describes how to put a progress bar control into the taskbar.

Sample screenshot

Sample screenshot

How does it work?

First, we need to create an instance of the progress control. The progress bar control will be automatically attached to the taskbar. At startup, the program searches for three specific HWnds. These are Shell_TrayWnd, ReBarWindow32 and TrayNotifyWnd. The program tasks, shortcut bar etc.. are all included into this window using the ReBarWindow32 class. ReBarWindow32 is directly placed beside the TrayNotifyWnd window. All we need to do now is to create the progress bar using the method Create but we don't add it to our main window, we add it to the taskbar. An important fact is, that the control needs its own message map, else you will get a 100% CPU usage due to the message handling when we click on the control in the taskbar.


  • The progress control is directly attached into the taskbar. When you have enabled the Auto Hide option of the Windows Taskbar, the control moves with it.
  • We need to renew the control when we:
    • add an icon into the tray notify bar.
    • change/move the taskbar from horizontal to vertical and vice versa.
    • * etc..
  • To renew the control, we need a timer at this time (I haven't found a kind of broadcast message yet).
  • Parent window of the control is the Shell_TrayWnd of the Taskbar.

Other classes used

  • CTextProgressCtrl by Chris Maunder.

Where does it work?

It's tested on:

  • WinXP
  • Win2000 Prof.
  • Win2003 Server

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionControl is transparent in Vista. How to make it non transparent? Pinmemberdima polyakov5-May-07 15:48 
AnswerRe: Control is transparent in Vista. How to make it non transparent? Pinmemberdima polyakov6-May-07 8:48 
Generaldisplay progress bar Pinmemberanu jaggi25-Apr-07 0:21 
GeneralUPDATE: TTaskbarContainer [modified] PinmemberNautilus Master31-Mar-07 10:03 
GeneralBug in NProgressBar.cpp with m_bCreated PinmemberPort233227-Feb-07 4:24 
GeneralRe: Bug in NProgressBar.cpp with m_bCreated PinmemberNautilus Master27-Feb-07 8:25 
Generalneed a C# version Pinmembergoldli24-Feb-07 16:16 
GeneralRe: need a C# version PinmemberNautilus Master2-Mar-07 8:43 
GeneralRe: need a C# version Pinmemberquin5815-Mar-10 21:13 
Generalseparate TaskBarHandling & ProgressCtrl PinmemberJimmyO17-Jan-07 15:01 
GeneralVersion 1.0.2 well uploaded [modified] PinmemberNautilus Master24-Jul-06 10:02 
GeneralRe: Version 1.0.2 well uploaded PinmemberDefenestration24-Jul-06 12:25 
QuestionNeed Soucre in VB net 2003 Pinmemberjur1sa21-Jul-06 17:50 
AnswerRe: Need Soucre in VB net 2003 PinmemberNautilus Master24-Jul-06 8:30 
GeneralProblem with double line TaskBar Pinmemberzerolan2220-Jul-06 2:19 
GeneralRe: Problem with double line TaskBar [modified] PinmemberNautilus Master21-Jul-06 7:54 
GeneralRe: Problem with double line TaskBar Pinmemberzerolan2224-Jul-06 2:51 
Generalwell done PinmemberNautilus Master24-Jul-06 10:04 
GeneralRe: well done Pinmemberzerolan2225-Jul-06 6:27 
GeneralThe application doesn't run correctly on windows2000 server PinmemberGavin Yuan13-Feb-06 21:46 
GeneralRe: The application doesn't run correctly on windows2000 server PinmemberNautilus Master28-Feb-06 0:39 
Generaladd exe demo :-) Pinmemberam0n_66629-Oct-05 23:45 
GeneralNeeds to be reworked and optimized further. PinmemberWREY29-Oct-05 20:26 
GeneralRe: Needs to be reworked and optimized further. PinmemberNautilus Master30-Oct-05 2:51 
GeneralUpdate v.1.0.1 PinmemberNautilus Master28-Oct-05 7:32 

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