Microsoft Groupbar is a freeware application for the Windows XP operating system that offers enhanced window management capability. Groupbar does not need to be installed, just download the file and start GroupBar.exe. The tool automatically appears as a sidebar on the left of your screen but can be placed in the other three edges as well. The sidebar displays all running applications on start which you can sort into groups to improve the management of running programs on your system.
This does not seem to be a great enhancement up to this point but Groupbar has one functionality that makes it a pretty useful program. You can group applications, for instance Firefox, an email client and your instant messenger. Once grouped together they can all be started / minimized at once from the sidebar. Great if you have certain applications that you do use together or at the start of the system.
Groupbar remembers window positions and resolutions of all programs which happens to be another nice feature. It is also possible to create snapshots of certain states. You can preview previous snapshots and restore your work state later. Snapshots are either temporary or permanent. Permanent snapshots can be created with the Create persistent snapshot function.
Groupbar is only available for Windows XP, and has not been updated since 2006. Here is an overview of the experimental programs feature set:
Groupbar at its core is an advanced taskbar that offers features like grouping and multiple bars to improve your work flow on the system. As said earlier, it has been an experimental feature that has not been updated to be compatible with newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. If you are running Windows XP, you may want to give it a try though as it is still working fine on that system.
A program like Rocketdock may be an alternative for newer systems, even though it ships without the grouping functionality.Advertisement
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