Taskbar Shortcut puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen that’s accessible at any time, increasing your productivity and turning your Android tablet (or phone) into a real multitasking machine!
Taskbar supports Android 10’s Desktop Mode, allowing you to connect your compatible device to an external display and run apps in resizable windows, for a PC-like experience!
|Jul 19, 2016
On devices running Android 7.0+, Taskbar Shortcut can also launch apps in freeform windows without an external display. No root required! (see below for instructions)
Taskbar Shortcut app is also supported on Android TV (sideloaded) and Chrome OS – use Taskbar as a secondary Android app launcher on your Chromebook, or turn your Nvidia Shield into an Android-powered PC!
If you find Taskbar Android Shortcut useful, please consider upgrading to the Donate Version! Simply tap the “Donate” option at the bottom of the app (or, on the web, click here).
Features of Taskbar Shortcut:
- Start menu – shows you all applications installed on the device, configurable as a list or as a grid
- Recent apps tray – shows your most recently used apps and lets you easily switch between them
- Collapsible and hideable – show it when you need it, hide it when you don’t
- Many different configuration options – customize Taskbar however you want
- Pin favorite apps or block the ones you don’t want to see
- Designed with keyboard and mouse in mind
- 100% free, open source, and no ads
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Desktop mode (Android 10+, requires external display)
The Taskbar Shortcut App supports Android 10’s built-in desktop mode functionality. You can connect your compatible Android 10+ device to an external display and run apps in resizable windows, with Taskbar’s interface running on your external display and your existing launcher still running on your phone.
Desktop mode requires a USB-to-HDMI adapter (or a lapdock), and a compatible device that supports video output. Additionally, certain settings require granting special permission via adb.
To get started, open up the Taskbar Shortcut app and click “Desktop mode”. Then, just tick the checkbox and the app will guide you through the setup process. For more information, click the (?) icon in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.
Freeform window mode (Android 7.0+, no external display required)
Taskbar app lets you launch apps in freeform floating windows on Android 7.0+ devices. No root access is required, although Android 8.0, 8.1, and 9 devices require an ADB shell command to be run during initial setup.
Simply follow these steps to configure your device for launching apps in freeform mode:
- Check the box for “Freeform window support” inside the Taskbar app
- Follow the directions that appear in the pop-up to enable the proper settings on your device (one-time setup)
- Go to your device’s recent apps page and clear all recent apps
- Start the Taskbar, then select an app to launch it in a freeform window
For more information and detailed instructions, click “Help & instructions for freeform mode” inside the Taskbar Shortcut app.
Accessibility service disclosure
Taskbar Shortcut includes an optional accessibility service, which can be enabled to perform system button press actions such as back, home, recent, and power, as well as displaying the notification tray.
The accessibility service is used only to perform the above actions and for no other purpose. Taskbar Shortcut does not use accessibility services to perform any data collection whatsoever (in fact, Taskbar app Shortcut cannot access the Internet in any capacity as it does not declare the required Internet permission).