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    Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    Does anyone know of a "menu bar" that can be put along the top edge of the screen for Windows XP Pro? Looking for something that is very customizable...

    Wish List:
    1. <LI>Ability to create any number of header tabs that would expand when clicked.
      <LI>One tab closes (de-expands) when another tab is selected or if the same header tab is clicked a second time (on/off action)
      <LI>Ability to create any number of child buttons beneath the main header tab (as illustrated)
      <LI>Buttons could be made to provide shortcuts to files, folders (including drives)
    I've googled for possibilities and came up with many hits, but I'm looking for something that someone else has used with favorable results. I know what I'm looking for can be achieved with a desktop shell program like WindowBlinds or Aston , but these things are always nothing more than unstable resource hogs. Don't want a system overhaul; just looking for a simple utility (a widget or gadget...) And finally, it doesn't have to be free; I'm willing to pay for something that works like I want.

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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    Don't know of the one in your image, I use the "Toolbars>New Toolbar" from the taskbar.

    Pretty well explained at http://bucarotechelp.com/computers/wintips/93110202.asp

    Simply undock it and move it where you want it.

    1. Right click on the taskbar and deselect "Lock the Taskbar"

    2. Left click on the taskbar and drag it to the new location (can be top, bottom, left, or right side of any monitor you have attached).

    3. Once in the new location, right click on it again and select "Lock the Taskbar".

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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    PowerPro comes to mind.
    Punk Software - RocketDock may have some relevance too.

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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    Ricky,

    1) WindowBlinds doesn't have that feature.
    2) WindowBlinds nor any of Stardock's programs are "unstable" or "resource hogs". That is a myth and woefully untrue.
    3) Stardock does have a program that meets your specifications here: ObjectDock Plus.
    4) There used to be a free version of ObjectDock but I couldn't locate it. Admittedly, I'm pressed for time and perhaps a little more looking around would have found it. hehe
    5) There are 1261 pages of free "Docklets" and "Themes" which you can download here: ObjectDock Docklets & Themes Gallery.

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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    Well, Mr. O'Grady. That actually worked out better than I thought it might. The picture in my previous post was not an actual menu bar program; it was just a drawing to illustrate what I was looking for... The tip you provided required a little work, but so far I like the results. Since I have the new toolbar(s) docked to the top of the screen, the screenshot below is not very good, but you get the idea.

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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    I knew my remarks about WindowBlinds would excite someone; just didn't know who. <img src=/S/tongue.gif border=0 alt=tongue width=15 height=15> I actually tried WindowBlinds years ago and at that time it was a troublesome addition.

    I imagine it has come a long way since those days. You sound like a user of the program and would certainly know more than I in regards to it's stability and "use of resources". I willfully concede. <img src=/S/hailpraise.gif border=0 alt=hailpraise width=27 height=22>

    And, I appreciate the recommendation and link to ObjectDock. Looks like they have a trail available and I will give it a whirl this weekend. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Top Menu Bar For XPPro

    You are correct in that WindowBlinds has come a loooooooooong way since the days when it was first released. It is now actually uses less resources, memory and CPU than the default Windows theme.

    I haven't personally used ObjectDock although I have used most of the other Stardock programs for years. However, I do know many who do use ObjectDock and love it. Giving it a whirl on your own system is definitely the wisest choice. The variety of bar "themes" and "docklets" is immense, so should you like how the program itself functions, you doubtless would be able to find just the right combination of these various themes and docklets that suit your purpose. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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