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TaskbarItemInfo.Overlay Property

Gets or sets the image that is displayed over the program icon in the taskbar button.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Shell
Assembly:  PresentationFramework (in PresentationFramework.dll)

public ImageSource Overlay { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Media.ImageSource
The image that is displayed over the program icon in the taskbar button. The default is null.

You can add an image to the program icon in the taskbar button to communicate application status to the user. The overlay uses a static or animated ImageSource that is positioned over the bottom-right corner of the icon in the taskbar button. The overlay is not displayed if the user sets the taskbar to show small icons.

Program icons in the notification area, which is at the far right of the taskbar, are typically used to communicate application status to a user. In Windows 7, program icons in the notification area are hidden by default, and are therefore, less useful for communicating status. You can use the taskbar button overlay in Windows 7 to communicate status when the icon in the notification area is hidden. Your application can detect the version of Windows and provide notifications in a manner that is appropriate for the operating system.

Overlay images are rendered at the appropriate size. If the ImageSource represents an Icon, the appropriate bit depth is also used.

The following illustration shows the taskbar Overlay.

Windows Taskbar Overlay

Taskbar Item Info Sample

The following example shows how to create a TaskbarItemInfo in markup and set the Overlay property. This example is part of a larger example provided for the TaskbarItemInfo class.


<Window.TaskbarItemInfo>
    <TaskbarItemInfo x:Name="taskBarItemInfo1" 
                     Overlay="{StaticResource ResourceKey=StopImage}"
                     ThumbnailClipMargin="80,0,80,140"
                     Description="Taskbar Item Info Sample">
        <TaskbarItemInfo.ThumbButtonInfos>
            <ThumbButtonInfoCollection>
                <ThumbButtonInfo
                    DismissWhenClicked="False"
                    Command="MediaCommands.Play"
                    CommandTarget="{Binding ElementName=btnPlay}"
                    Description="Play"
                    ImageSource="{StaticResource ResourceKey=PlayImage}"/>
                <ThumbButtonInfo
                    DismissWhenClicked="True"
                    Command="MediaCommands.Stop"
                    CommandTarget="{Binding ElementName=btnStop}"
                    Description="Stop"
                    ImageSource="{StaticResource ResourceKey=StopImage}"/>
            </ThumbButtonInfoCollection>
        </TaskbarItemInfo.ThumbButtonInfos>
    </TaskbarItemInfo>
</Window.TaskbarItemInfo>


The following example shows how to set the Overlay property in code.


this.taskBarItemInfo1.Overlay = (DrawingImage)this.FindResource("StopImage");


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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