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I'd like to add a custom form to the admin bar in Wordpress. is there a way to accomplish this? So far all of the documentation seems to only allow the addition of simple text links.

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This plugin does it, if you happen to get the core of this functionality, please post it here ;o) – brasofilo Jun 25 '12 at 20:00

I just gave this a shot and it seemed to work fine:

function wpse_form_in_admin_bar() {
    global $wp_admin_bar;

    $wp_admin_bar->add_menu( array(
        'id' => 'wpse-form-in-admin-bar',
        'parent' => 'top-secondary',
        'title' => '<form><input type="text" /><input type="submit" /> </form>'
    ) );
add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'wpse_form_in_admin_bar' );

You'll have to do some work to gussy it up a bit, but it looks like there is a chance you can do what you want.

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