Archive for March, 2011


March 27th, 2011

There are many times I knock up a quick application to work around a problem and then just throw it away. I decided that I really should make more of these available to others who may well be having the same problems as me. This is the first of what will hopefully will be many such apps.

DarkBar is a little Windows application that sits at the top of the screen and blanks out any headers or menus of any other maximised application. I built this for a display showing Google Earth at the Maker Faire UK. You can switch Google Earth to full screen mode and turn off all the on screen controls, but you can not get rid of the menu at the top, and that looks a little naff on a big screen. When DarkBar is loaded it stays in front of the Google Earth window and masks out the menu.

By default DarkBar will load on your last monitor and be the height of the standard Windows menu. If you want to change this you will need to enter the following optional parameters.

DarkBar <monitor_number> <bar_height>

To access the DarkBar menu and to exit the application just right click on the bar. Click here to download DarkBar and please let me know if you find it useful.