Tips & Tricks


If you think this section looks like a lot of unappealing text: you're absolutely right
It does contain useful information though, so if you want to get the most out of StatBar, please read on.

•  Most items on the main window will display useful tooltips when you hold your mouse cursor over them.
•  The little speaker displayed in the volume control module acts as a mute button; clicking it (un)mutes the volume.
•  The time synchronization module can display three different lights:
  - Green: time synchronization succesful
  - Red: time synchronization failed
  - Blue: time synchronization in progress
•  Normally, the time synchronization triggers at the interval rate you have set in the configuration window. To synchronize your system time time immediately, you can doubleclick either the "Time synch" text or the status light.
•  If you hold your mouse cursor over the info modules in the configuration window, a short description will pop up.
•  If your mouse is equipped with a scroll wheel, you can use it with StatBar's volume control. If the main window is active, rolling the mouse wheel will increase or decrease the volume by one percent. If you hold down the Shift key while rolling, the volume will change by 10 percent.
•  Clicking the free amount of RAM will display the used amount of RAM and vice versa.
•  Clicking the elapsed Winamp 2.x song time will display the remaining song time and vice versa.
•  Doubleclicking Num Lock, Caps Lock, Scroll Lock or Insert lights will toggle the state for that particular key.
•  The Winamp 2.x controls take into account the state of the Ctrl and Shift keys when you press them; they react the same way the buttons in Winamp do (e.g. you can hold down Ctrl and click the stop button to stop when the current song has ended; just like in Winamp 2.x itself).
•  ...and more!


Also, please note the following:
•  If you are running a firewall and you want to use the time synchronization module in StatBar, you should configure your firewall in such a way that StatBar can connect to the selected time server using remote TCP port 37 (Time protocol, RFC 868).
•  StatBar may not work with alternative shell managers for Windows, such as LiteStep or Talisman. There's little that can be done about this; StatBar has been designed to follow Microsoft's application desktop toolbar specification as closely as possible.
•  On Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition, StatBar may sometimes display incorrect values for the amount of free/used memory and CPU usage. This seems to be an issue with these versions of Windows, as the Windows System Monitor displays the same values as StatBar does.
•  On all versions of Windows, the total amount of memory detected may be one MB less than it should be. Windows simply detects a little less; this is not a program bug in StatBar. By default, StatBar will try to correct this value for you. If the detected amount of memory is an odd number of megabytes, the program simply adds 1 MB.
•  On Windows 95, 98 and ME, the Windows uptime displayed by StatBar will never reach 50 days. This is a deficiency of Windows, as the GetTickCount call (which is used to determine the uptime on those platforms) returns the number of milliseconds since Windows was started as a 32-bit unsigned integer. This results in a maximum measurable uptime of 49 days, 17 hours, 2 minutes and 47 seconds.
•  The Lock Workstation button is only available in Windows 2000 and above. Windows 95/98/ME and NT 4.0 do not support this feature (although NT 4.0 can be locked after pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del, there is no API call available that locks the workstation).
•  The network traffic meter is refreshed every second, regardless of the update interval you set in the configuration window. This is done to ensure that the values displayed by this module are as accurate as possible.
•  The CD door eject/close functions may not be supported by all CD-ROM drives.
•  The current download/upload speed in the network traffic meter is displayed in kilo/megabytes, not in kilo/megabits.
•  If you add a shortcut to a non-executable item to the QuickLaunch module (e.g. an HTML document), the Normal/Minimized/Maximized setting may have no effect. This setting only applies to executables, so for example, if you'd like to start an HTML document in a minimized state, then add a shortcut to your favorite web browser, set it to start minimized, and enter the path to the HTML file in the parameter field.