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CastleBar - 'That Clever Menu Thing'

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CastleBar is easy to configure and easy to use.  You can quickly add buttons to the tool bar by browsing for the file or program to launch.  Then if you need to change any of the button's details, just open up the properties dialog for the button.

Buttons don't have to stay in the order that you add them.  You can change the order of the buttons easily at any time using the configuration menu.  You can even temporarily disable buttons if you don't want them to appear on the tool bar now, but may want them back later at the click of a button.

So, you don't like the default image for a button on the toolbar ?  Maybe, you have a picture of your dog that you want to put on a button.  Well, CastleBar allows you to choose your own image to place on any button.

Use your own bitmaps on the CastleBar buttons

You can open folders too !!  Have you ever wished that you could open your Documents folder without having to hunt for it ?  CastleBar allows you access to your folders at the click of a button.

Not sure whether you are running the latest version of CastleBar ?  Simply tell CastleBar to check for updates and it will contact the Castle Software web site for you and ask for information about the latest version.  Please note that this entire process is achieved by retrieving information from Castle Software - none of your personal information is sent to Castle Software.
CastleBar is distributed as trialware;  you may use CastleBar for a trial period of 30 (thirty) days, at no cost to you, to determine if it fits your needs.  After that, if you decide to continue using CastleBar, you need to purchase a license by paying the applicable fee.  For further details, please read the license agreement in the CastleBar help file.

Restrictions in the Trial Version

The trial version has a number of restrictions that the purchased version does not have :

  • The Reminder dialog reminding you to buy.

  • You can only configure 5 buttons.

  • You can only configure 2 parameters per button.

The above restrictions are the ONLY restrictions in the unregistered version.  There are no hidden features or extra options available in the registered version other than the restrictions listed above.

Customers who purchase CastleBar will also be able to download and install cbExtras.  cbExtras is an add-on to CastleBar which can add special buttons to CastleBar for opening such things as My Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin, Network Neighbourhood and Control Panel Applets.

System Requirements

CastleBar is a 32-bit program designed for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 (with SP 4 or greater), Windows 2000, Windows XP or newer.  If you have a reasonably new computer (within the last 4 or 5 years or so) then you should have no problems running it.  Make sure your display mode is set to display 65536 colours (16 bit) or more.

  • Windows 95 / 98 / ME, Windows NT 4.0 (SP4 or later), Windows 2000 / XP or newer.
  • 8MB RAM.
  • 16-bit Colour Display (65536 colours).
  • 5MB Free hard disk space.
  • Windows Common Controls v5.
  • Mouse or other Windows-compatible pointing device strongly recommended.

Note :  CastleBar makes use of the latest Microsoft Common Controls DLLs.  If you are already running Internet Explorer 5, then your system probably contains the latest DLLs.  

If your system does not have the latest DLLs, you should download and install the Microsoft upgrade file (50comupd.exe)  before running CastleBar.

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Add Ons

cbExtras (for Registered Customers Only)

cbExtras is now available for download.  cbExtras will allow you to add buttons for My Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin and more to CastleBar.


Add a button to reveal the desktop.  Create a button that runs ShowDT with the /now option.

ShowDT 2001 is a free product from Castle Software.


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