Get Windows 8 Look-Like User Picture Tile (Avatar) in Notification Area of Windows 7

If you are regularly reading our blog posts about Windows 8, you might have noticed that Windows 8 testing build comes with a small user picture tile (aka avatar) in notification area of Taskbar:

Since you can't get your hands on Windows 8 builds atm, we are sharing an awesome utility "Taskbar UserTile" created by "Stealth2010" and shared by "AngelWZR" @ DA which brings the same user picture tile to Windows 7 Taskbar notification area.

Simply download the file, extract it and run the EXE file. It'll immediately add the user picture tile to notification area.

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It also shows various useful options when you left-click on the pic.

PS: User picture is set to one from Resources folder by default. To set video from Resources, just edit path in config.ini file. To use system picture, just delete config.ini file.





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Comments

  • First Comment

    Wow superb program

  • This software is awesome! Thanks AskVG.... Before I saw this I have planned to create a software that is similiar to this, but unfortunately, I do not know the source... Anyway, thank you!

  • looks awesome
    thanks

  • Nice share VG ;)

    When can we see "VG Windows 8 theme" for Windows 7 ?

  • VG

    ^^ When Windows 8 RTM will release. ;)

  • Is it me who is Not able to download it or there is some problem with it?

  • can it be removed once installed???

  • VG

    ^^ It doesnt need to be installed. Simply right-click on the pic and select Close.

    @Vasu Jain
    Its working fine here.

  • ah... its portable....

  • Why not support XP?

  • its small but cool apps :D

  • This is a great simple feature. =)

  • how do I change the user pic as shown in the preview?

  • Interesting. When i run it i lose my taskbar tray...

  • nice! still the theme looks like Windows 8 Metro theme

  • Thank you.

  • also works for vista but blocks the clock ;)

  • this is fantastic, i like it very much. is there a way to used video instead of a static png picture...@vg

  • @ vg, when i right-click on the picture on the taskbar, the only context menu i get is 'close'. That should i do?

  • I got the same problem as fordcom.
    "When i right-click on the picture on the taskbar, the only context menu i get is 'close'."
    Using a Dutch Win 7 Ultimate x64.

  • you must left click @Gandalf
    Gandalf je moet links klikken!!! (ook nederlands xD)

  • 我安装后提示错误。System.NullReferenceException: 未将对象引用设置到对象的实例。
    在 UserTile.UserPic.UserPicSizeChanged(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnSizeChanged(EventArgs e)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.UpdateBounds(Int32 x, Int32 y, Int32 width, Int32 height, Int32 clientWidth, Int32 clientHeight)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.UpdateBounds()
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmWindowPosChanged(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.UserControl.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 UserTile.UserPic.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
    在 System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    ************** 已加载的程序集 **************
    mscorlib
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    UserTile
    程序集版本: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 1.0.0.0
    基本代码: file:///D:/My%20download/UserTile.exe
    ----------------------------------------
    UserTileLib
    程序集版本: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 1.0.0.0
    基本代码: file:///D:/My%20download/UserTileLib.DLL
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Drawing
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Windows.Forms
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    Nini
    程序集版本: 1.1.0.0
    Win32 版本: 1.1.0.0
    基本代码: file:///D:/My%20download/Nini.DLL
    ----------------------------------------
    mscorlib.resources
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    AxInterop.WMPLib
    程序集版本: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 1.0.0.0
    基本代码: file:///D:/My%20download/AxInterop.WMPLib.DLL
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Windows.Forms.resources
    程序集版本: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 2.0.50727.4927 (NetFXspW7.050727-4900)
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms.resources/2.0.0.0_zh-CHS_b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.resources.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    PresentationCore
    程序集版本: 3.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 3.0.6920.5011 built by: Win7SP1
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_32/PresentationCore/3.0.0.0__31bf3856ad364e35/PresentationCore.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    WindowsBase
    程序集版本: 3.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 3.0.6920.5011 built by: Win7SP1
    基本代码: file:///E:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/WindowsBase/3.0.0.0__31bf3856ad364e35/WindowsBase.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    Interop.WMPLib
    程序集版本: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 版本: 1.0.0.0
    基本代码: file:///D:/My%20download/Interop.WMPLib.DLL
    ----------------------------------------

    ************** JIT 调试 **************
    要启用实时(JIT)调试,
    该应用程序或计算机的 .config 文件(machine.config)的 system.windows.forms 节中必须设置
    jitDebugging 值。
    编译应用程序时还必须启用
    调试。

    例如:

    启用 JIT 调试后,任何无法处理的异常
    都将被发送到在此计算机上注册的 JIT 调试器,
    而不是由此对话框处理。

    这是在中文版WIN7系统安装出现的问题,希望得到解答。

  • @ybjddn ,
    y r u writing in chinese? WRITE IT IN ENGLISH GEEZ

  • It doesn't respect the "auto-hide" setting of the taskbar; it appears underneath it if the taskbar is set to auto-hide.

  • i think this has something to do with windows live. Maybe its meant to open messenger when clicked in windows 8.

  • i think this has something to do with windows live. Maybe its meant to open messenger when clicked in windows 8.

  • Doesn't seem to be working for me, just makes a blank spot in my bar where it should be.

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