Extra Bars

Screenshot showing 4 extra bars placed with different settings


I have recently uploaded the initial release for the successor (replacement) to Extra Bars called Button Forge. Button forge addresses several of the problems present in Extra Bars (such as Companions sometimes causing an error at first login, poor performance in certain scenerios etc), perhaps the biggest change is the ability to create as many or few bars and buttons as you choose. I encourage you to take a look:


Note: I have uploaded a v4.0.1 compatible version of Extra Bars now! (I only plan to provide basic support for this addon, but I will try to keep it operational for the time being... I may have a longer term plan if I find the time at a later date i.e. Extra Bars using the Button Forge engine which is a better engine)

(Both addons can operate side by side if you just want to give it a try)


Adds 4 extra action bars designed to work and look like the standard action bars. These bars are intended to complement your existing UI.


  • 4 additional action bars are added which allow upto 12 buttons per bar
  • Designed to be quick and easy to configure
  • Does not change or alter the standard action bars in the game
  • Bars can be dragged anywhere on screen and orientated horizontally or vertically
  • Non actions can be dragged to the bar to allow counts of items
  • Should also be compatible with Bartender, Dominos, macaroon, etc...

Upcoming in v0.8

  • / command's for configuration
  • Option to fully hide faded gui control
  • 'Conditionals' for bar visibility (will allow bar to be shown/hidden during combat etc)
  • / command to change the strata level of each bar (controls if the bar will appear above or below other gui elements)


  • These buttons work with the standard drag and drop of actions
  • A faint icon can be found at the top right corner of each bar, clicking this will provide some quick graphical options to configure the bar including a shortcut button to the bars configuration page
  • To change configuration settings go to the Interface->Addons->Extra Bar menu option
  • To bind keys to the buttons go to the 'Extra Bar' section of 'Key Bindings'

Known Issues

  • Macros with identical names may be switched around on the bar
  • Critters and Mounts do not darken if they cannot be used
  • Some spells/abilities may not have a fully updated display on the button (e.g. Hunter Aspects only ever show the skill icon, they don't change to a wisp icon when active)


I appreciate feedback and comments you have. Free time to work on this addon is tight, but I will try to put priority behind any significant issues that crop up provided I can confirm them.

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  • Avatar of Alternator Alternator Sep 27, 2016 at 08:35 UTC - 0 likes

    @Ruakgul: Go

    Hi Ruakgul,

    I've just done a massive update - and even in the new version this is still not using the correct icon. Frustrating... I'm not certain if it is something I can adequately tackle, but I will mull over what the options are (there are a few things the Blizz UI do that just beggar belief, this would be one of those).

    p.s. If you know of any other spells that behave in this way let me know, as invariably I need to code explicit rules to handle each one

    Last edited Sep 27, 2016 by Alternator
  • Avatar of Ruakgul Ruakgul Sep 18, 2016 at 14:59 UTC - 0 likes

    Really helpful.

    Only problem I have is Rogue Blade Flurry icon doesn't change to active Blade Flurry icon, remains the same as normal icon. That can be confusing, one of the big reason I went bar hunting.

    Thanks for great addon though.

  • Avatar of jackus jackus Aug 11, 2016 at 23:53 UTC - 0 likes

    Demon hunters Fel Rush dont show the stacks or if its on Cool Down or not. Thanks :)

  • Avatar of vvv444 vvv444 Oct 15, 2014 at 16:26 UTC - 0 likes


    There is a small feature that is provided by standard action bars but is missing from the addon: glow overlays (when a skill becomes available it has a glow). I've added it, please see the attached patch. I'll be glad if you incorporate it into the next version.


    Best, Vasili

  • Avatar of zdenda2009 zdenda2009 Jan 28, 2010 at 18:37 UTC - 0 likes

    This is a great addon. I love it, but why are just 4 action bars ? Why not more ? i have 4, its enough for my mage, but if i got hunter, he has got alot more spells... If the autor reads this : pleaze add more action bars for this (its 4x action bars = 48 ...) ...

  • Avatar of torgobob torgobob Sep 23, 2009 at 19:29 UTC - 0 likes

    This is the only bar addon I currently use, and as much as I've looked, I've not found a replacement for it.

    There are really only 2 issues I see with action bars currently. The first is the ui item in the right corner, which is scheduled to be hideable in then next release (for which I'm looking forward to). The second is the fact that its limited to 4 bars (I read adding new bars is intended by v1.0). However the fact that this is the only action bar plug in that remotely seems to do what I'm looking for, even the need for more button real estate doesn't seem like a huge deal...

    Its definitely the only mod for people who simply want to place more action bars on screen that behave like the original bars do...

  • Avatar of ClemSnide ClemSnide Sep 23, 2009 at 02:11 UTC - 0 likes

    Unfortunately, ExtraBars isn't treated so well by patches; its settings get restored to defaults. This means that every patch day I have about 20 characters for whom I have to edit, move, and restore 4 individual bars... which makes it more trouble than it's worth. (Even if I could remember what skills I had on each bar.)

    I'd suggest a way to maintain user settings between patches (size, position, orientation, contents) and also one which would let users copy another chara's settings for themselves, for size and position at least.



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May 03, 2009
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