This is a work in progress, it was written while flying from UK to Australia, and hasn't really been checked since. It should be reasonably accurate for Icbar v1.0.9.3 Beta3

What does Icbar do?

Understanding Icbar 'Settings'

  • The About tab
  • The Hide tab
  • The Order tab
  • The Display tab
  • The Display Page Layout
  • The Display Pages
  • The Built-in Execute Functions

What does Icbar do?

Icbar replaces the standard taskbar provided by Pocket PC2000 or later.

To do this Icbar defines a number icons which you may use to provide both standard PPC taskbar functions:

  • Start menu access
  • Task Minimise
  • Task Ok
  • Time display & access to next appointment functions
  • Volume control
  • Notification icon

and new functions:

  • Running Task icons for switching tasks easily.
  • Task Close
  • Close all tasks
  • Hide nominated tasks from display
  • Battary & Memory meter display (skinable)
  • Order of icon display on taskbar
  • Today button for faster access to the Today screen
  • Combined Time and Date display
  • Custom buttons (2) with custom execute functions

Most of the icons of Icbar can be configured to execute on tap and tap'nhold one of the following functions (detailed further down):

  • Any file.
  • Any directory.

Built-in functions:

  • Calendar
  • Clock Control Panel
  • Frontlight Control Panel
  • Icbar menu
  • Memory Control Panel
  • Power Control Panel
  • Mute Toggle (Volume On/Off)
  • PPC2002 Next Appointment
  • PPC2002 Volume Control
  • Icbar Volume Control
  • Power Control Panel
  • Start menu
  • Today screen
  • PPC2002 Notification

Icbar will also allow you to customise the taskbar look with either BMP images you create yourself or download from the internet.

Most WISbar skins (collection of BMPs) will work with Icbar, however, there is one main difference, the volume icon image (as at Icbar v1.0.9.3 & WISbar Pelmar v1.1). Icbar uses a single BMP image for Volume On and Volume Off, while WISbar uses two BMP images, one for each. If you find a WISbar skin which doesn't provide a combined image for Icbar, it is a simple process of joining the two images horizontally for Icbar to make full use of them. You might also want to email the skin artist to offer your skin updates and ask for Icbar skin support in their future skins.

Understanding Icbar Setup.

The About tab

The about tab simply displays the Icbar version number, the authors, and their relative websites... and of course the colourful Icbar icon!

The Hide tab

Sometimes you may have an application that you are constantly running in the background and never want to close. Including the applications title text in the Hide tab list will remove the applications icon from both the 'Running Tasks' bar and the Icbar Menu.

To add an application:

Enter the applications titlebar name in the edit field and tap the '+' button.

To remove an application:

Select the application name from the list and tap the '-' button.

The Order tab

The order tab contains a list of icons that will appear on the right side of the bar. To change the order in which the icons appear in the bar, select an icon name and move it up or down with the arrows provided to the right of the list.

The Logo icon will not appear in this list as it is always the first icon on the left of the bar.

The Display Tab

The Display tab is a collection of many display pages. Each page can be access by either selecting it from the page selecter drop-down list at the top of the Display tab, or by stepping through each page with the next and previous buttons at the lower left of the Display tab.

The Display Page Layout

Each page contains a number of checkboxes and edit fields. Some fields are only functional when the associated checkboxes have been checked.

A page can be split into 3 sections, however, not all sections will appear on every page.

The first section contains:

  • An enable checkbox to make the associated icon appear on the bar.
  • A miscellaneous checkbox (changes from page to page)
  • Two buttons for font and colour selections.

The second section contains the skinning options:

  • A checkbox to enable choosing a BMP
  • An edit field for the path and filename of the BMP to use.
  • A browse button ['...'] which will allow you to easily browse and select a BMP from within all directories on your PDA containing BMPs. Note: If a directory does not contain either a sub-directory or a BMP, it will not be browseable.

The third section contains options for selecting an executable action for both tap and tap'nhold:

  • A checkbox to enable choosing an executable.
  • A drop-down list to allow you to modify either tap or tap'nhold executeable.
  • An edit field for the path and/or filename of the file or directory to execute.
  • A browse button ['...'] which will allow you to easily browse and select a directory or file of any kind. Note: While you can select any file to be executed, you may get an error message if you select a file which the operating system is unable to execute.

The Display Pages







Custom Button 1


Custom Button 2






Icbar Menu






Running Task Icons


Small Date and Time








Window Title



The Built-in Execute Functions


Calls the standard Calendar function


Calls the standard Clock control panel

Front/Back light

Calls the standard Frontlight or Backlight control panel

Icbar menu

Calls the Icbar menu, giving you access to the list of running tasks.


Calls the standard Memory control panel.


This option is intended for use with the Memory/Battery icon, but can actually be used with any icon that makes sense to you. The standard memory control panel is called when you tap on the left half of the icon, while the standard power control panel is called when you tap on the right half.

Most useful when used with an icon that displays vertical meters.


Similar to the previous left/right option, but intended for use with an icon that displays horizontal meters.

Mute Toggle (Volume On/Off)

Switches the volume on or off with one tap.

Next Appointment (PPC2002)

Calls the PPC2002 next appointment bubble dialog.

Notification (PPC2002)

Calls the current network connection icon function from the standard taskbar if a network connection exists, otherwise,

Calls the current notification icon function from the standard taskbar if one exists, otherwise, nothing.

Note: Any icon assigned this execute option will always be displayed. It will not disappear/reappear as the standard icons do.

At least not yet...


Calls the standard Power control panel.

Start menu

Calls the standard Start Menu

Today screen

Brings the Today screen to the foreground.


Calls the Icbar volume control.

Volume (PPC2002)

Calls the PPC2002 volume bubble dialog.