DosBar V1.3 - A Toolbar for DOS-Windows
Copyright 1993,94 by Andreas Furrer
DosBar adds a toolbar to any DOS window. With this toolbar you have an
easy access to the mark, copy, paste and other functions which will
normally only be available from the system menu of a DOS window.
DosBar requires Windows 3.1
The installation of DosBar is very easy:
1) Copy DOSBAR.EXE and DOSBARH.DLL to any (but the same) directory.
2) Create a new item for DOSBAR.EXE in your startup group.
3) Restart Windows.
The next time you open a DOS application in a window you will see a toolbar
at the top of the window.
If you press any button of the toolbar you will see a short description of the
command beside the toolbar.
If you click on the icon of DosBar, you will see two additional menu entries
in the system menu:
If you choose Configuration you will get the configuration dialog of DosBar.
In this dialog you can customize the toolbar and set some other options.
You can also open the configuration dialog with the button 'Dosbar
configuration' of the toolbar.
For the customization of the commands of the toolbar you see two listboxes
and three buttons:
The left listbox shows the commands that are NOT in the toolbox and the
right listbox shows the commands of the toolbar.
With the 'Append' button you add the selected command of the left list to
the end of the right. The 'Insert' button will add the selected command
of the left listbox above the selected command of the right listbox and
the 'Delete' button will delete the selected entry of the right listbox.
The special entry 'Space' will add a distance between the buttons. You can
add as many 'Spaces' you like.
Below the listboxes you will see a sample toolbar. The toolbar is updated
everytime you change the settings. If you click on a button of this toolbar
the corresponding command will be selected in the right listbox.
The size of the toolbar can be set to very small, small, normal, big and
You can also have coloured buttons.
With the checkbox 'Show short description of commands' you can choose if you
want to see a short description of the commands or not. The description will
be displayed beside the buttons. You can adjust the position of the description
by adding 'Spaces' at the end of the toolbar.
If you use the 'Close window button' to close the window and you have set
the PIF file of your application to close the DOS application when exit
Windows, you are normally asked if you want to close the application. If you
check the checkbox 'Command close window: close immediately' you will not see
this dialog and the application is closed immediately after you have pushed
(For informations about PIF files please look into your Windows documentation.)
The checkbox 'Show icon' lets you choose if you want to see the icon for
DosBar or if it should run invisible. If it runs invisible, it will become
visible if you start DosBar a second time or if you switch to DosBar with a
taskmanager that lets you see hidden windows like FTaskman - a very nice
and FREE task manager replacement.
DosBar can be closed with the Close command of its system menu (if the DosBar
icon is visible - if not: just start DosBar a second time) or by a task manager
that let you see hidden windows.
But note: you can't close DosBar if you have any DOS application running.
If you want to close DosBar you have first to close ALL DOS applications.
Commands of DOSBAR
- Mark, Copy, Paste, Scroll, Configuration, Change font,
Close window, Minimize window, Maximize window, Switch to:
These commands act like their equivalents in the system menu of the
(For informations about these commands please look into your Windows
- Full screen
This command lets you switch the DOS window to the full screen mode.
- Dosbar configuration
With this command you will see the configuration dialog of DosBar.
During startup DosBar tries to detect if your Windows is configured
for German language or not. If it senses it, DosBar will use German
language and if not DosBar uses English language. If you want to ignore
the default language you can add the following parameters to the call of
DOSBAR.EXE /D : German language
DOSBAR.EXE /E : Englisch language
You can use and distribute DosBar free, as long as the following files
are not changed and you distribute all files together
I am programming DosBar for fun, and not to make any profit.
That's why DosBar is free and you don't have to pay more or less high
registration charges. I think it is a bad habit, that more and more program
authors want to have money even for the smallest program.
Long live the Freeware!
If you have problems, comments, suggestions or you detect one error,
please E-Mail to[email protected]
(c) 1993,94 by Andreas Furrer
1.30: - Added a switch to close DOS windows quicker.
- Now you can have five different toolbar sizes and the buttons can
1.20: - Added new commands: Switch to and DosBar Configuration
- Now you will see a sample toolbar in the configuration dialog so you
see immediately your changes.
- Added german language support.
- Changed the button drawing routine so a button will now not overpaint
the frame of the window if the window is to small for seeing all
- Changed the internal representation of the toolbar bitmaps.
- Fixed a bug that the configuration and about dialogs weren't childs
of the program.
1.10: - Added a configuration dialog for changing the toolbar and set
- Added the display of a short description of the button command.
- Added new commands: Full screen, Close window, Minimize window and
1.01: - There was a problem when DosBar was closed by some task managers and
a DOS application was running. Now you can't close DosBar when
any DOS application is running.
1.00: - First version of DosBar.