WPF NotifyIcon

April 2nd, 2016

 

Version 1.0.8 released April 2nd 2016.

This is an implementation of a NotifyIcon (aka system tray icon or taskbar icon) for the WPF platform. It does not just rely on the Windows Forms NotifyIcon component, but is a purely independent control which leverages several features of the WPF framework in order to display rich ToolTips, Popups, context menus, and balloon messages. It can be used directly in code or embedded in any XAML file.

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Browse/fork/clone Git repository (includes sample application)
Download library via NuGet

 

 

Features at a glance

  • Custom Popups (interactive controls) on mouse clicks.
  • Customized ToolTips (Vista and above) with fallback mechanism for xp/2003.
  • Rich event model including attached events to trigger animations in Popups, ToolTips, and balloon messages. I just love that.
  • Full support for standard Windows balloons, including custom icons.
  • Custom balloons that pop up in the tray area. Go wild with styles and animations 🙂
  • Support for WPF context menus.
  • You can define whether to show Popups on left-, right-, double-clicks etc. The same goes for context menus.
  • Simple data binding for Popups, ToolTips and custom balloons through attached properties and derived data context.
  • Command support for single / double clicks on the tray icon.

Tutorial and Support

        A comprehensive tutorial that complements the attached sample application can be found on the Code Project:

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/WPF/wpf_notifyicon.aspx

Please post support questions to the CodeProject forum only. Thank you.

Screenshots

The screenshots below were taken from NetDrives and the sample application.

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XAML Declaration Sample

The sample below shows some of the properties of the control. For a more comprehensive sample, have a look at the sample application that comes with the download.

<Window
  x:Class="Hardcodet.NetDrives.UI.SystemTray.Sample"
  xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation"
  xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml"
  xmlns:tb="http://www.hardcodet.net/taskbar">

    <tb:TaskbarIcon x:Name="myNotifyIcon"
                    Visibility="Visible"
                    ToolTipText="Fallback ToolTip for Windows xp"
                    IconSource="/Images/TrayIcons/Logo.ico"
                    ContextMenu="{StaticResource TrayMenu}"
                    MenuActivation="LeftOrRightClick"
                    TrayPopup="{StaticResoure TrayStatusPopup}"
                    PopupActivation="DoubleClick"
                    TrayToolTip="{StaticResource TrayToolTip}"
      />

</Window>
  1. Stipe
    May 29th, 2017 at 07:47 | #1

    Is the ShowBalloonTip with custom icon working for you on Windows 10? I tried it with your example project and the balloon doesn’t come up, while it works on Windows 7.

  2. Neil
    November 24th, 2017 at 14:09 | #2

    Wow what a nice piece of work! Thanks for having a complete working demo app. Your project is very abstract and easy to use.

    Thanks a bunch.

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