CastleBar v2.50
Copyright 2001-2002 Castle Software Limited
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is a powerful yet simple toolbar menu to allow you to quickly launch applications or open folders.  Keep it out of the way in the titlebar area or let it float wherever you want it.


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.

There are times when you want to open a different file with the same program.  Adding a separate button would take up valuable space on the screen, so CastleBar allows each button to be configured with multiple parameters.  When you click the toolbar button, CastleBar drops down a list of your configured parameters and allows you to choose one.

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.


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.

If you would like to suggest some enhancements for this program please do so.  See Bugs & Suggestions.

You may use CastleBar for a trial period of 30 (thirty) days, at no cost to you, to determine if it fits your needs.  If you decide to continue using CastleBar, you will need to purchase it and pay the applicable registration fee.  For more details, please read the CastleBar license.

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

  • The Reminder dialog reminding you to register

  • You can only configure 5 buttons

  • You can only configure 2 parameters per button

Registered users of 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 Neighborhood and Control Panel Applets.


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.



  • Allows simple, fast access to applications and folders
  • Configure as many buttons as you like
  • Allows drop-down parameter lists
  • Snap to titlebar area or float over applications
  • Easy configuration
  • Use your own bitmaps if you want to
  • Check for updates across the Internet
  • Runs under Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT (SP4 or later), Windows 2000.