It’s easy to guess which one I prefer, but to be fair, all three major platforms– OS X, Linux, and Windows– have something to appreciate. Of course, it may be that you appreciate your Mac more because you have to use a Windows PC, but you get the sentiment.
One aspect of Windows that I like is the Windows task bar, the app status tray at the bottom of the screen. It differs from the Mac’s Dock, which is less familiar to switchers from The Dark Side™. There’s nothing really wrong with the Dock. It works. But if you love Windows task bar, then here’s how to get it for your Mac.
The app is called uBar, and it’s a Windows task bar-like utility for the Mac. Right at the bottom of the Mac’s screen, where the Dock usually resides, is the task bar.
uBar’s edge can be dragged to expand up to five rows. Open apps have a visible badge. There’s also a favorites area for your most used apps. Instead of using Command-Tab to find open apps, simply click on the uBar task bar.
uBar comes with a few useful functions, too, include one-click options to view apps, Desktop, Home folder, Documents, Downloads, Music, Movies, Pictures, Preferences, and more. Customization options include a light or dark appearance, task bar size, and display of favors, clock, or an implementation of ‘auto hide’ (similar to what you’d find in the Dock).
Add uBar and a Windows wallpaper and your Mac’s screen can look right at home– to a newly converted former Windows user.