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How to Import windows taskbar/desktop icons into a gui program?

Mark Farrell
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Joined: Mar 22, 2013
Posts: 2
How can you include the windows taskbar and/or the desktop icons with full functionality into a program, like in a JFrame or...anything, I've searched online and I can't find anything to do with, only stuff to do with blinking the windows taskbar and including stuff in the system tray.

Even some c/c++ stuff that could be jerry rigged through jni or something...

Maybe I'm searching for the wrong thing, or I'm trying to do something fundamentally wrong etc lol, though this seems like a completely reasonable thing to do.

ANY info you may have on this subject will be appreciated, thanks in advance.
Greg Charles
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
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Hi Mark, welcome to JavaRanch!

What would you want to do with the desktop icons and taskbar? Are you trying to make some sort of windows application launcher in Java? Integration with the Windows desktop manager is not Java's strongest area, but something may be possible if you're clearer about your goals.

Also, it's "jury rigged" ... or "jerry built" ... but jury rigged is the one you're going for.
Mark Farrell
Greenhorn

Joined: Mar 22, 2013
Posts: 2
Yeah jury rigged lol

I'm talking about including the windows taskbar and/or the desktop icons into a gui, like a mini windows, but I have access to the positioning of the taskbar/desktop icons, I want to make a multi page gesture driven gui, being able to include the taskbar of the host os and desktop elements with full functionality would make it easy create usable custom desktops, then all I have to do is get input from the sensors etc, the main thing is getting that taskbar in there...

I know this would be better off done in some other language, but I'm doing a java course atm
 
 
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