7+ Taskbar Numberer: taskbar numbers for Utter Command

Speech recognition

This utility has been designed for speech recognition users who use voice macros to switch between open applications and tray icons. It works on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating systems, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

For example, speech recognition users that use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional with the third-party provided Utter Command add-on can switch to the third application shown in the taskbar by using the command “Window 3”, or can right-click on the third visible tray icon by using the command “Tray 3”. When there are many open applications, or when the user has a significant amount of tray icons, it can become quite cumbersome to count by hand the number of icons in order to identify the sequence of the intended application or tray icon.

“7+ Taskbar Numberer” solves this problem by numbering sequentially, left to right:
– the icons for the open and close-but-pinned windows applications.
– all the visible tray icons.

and then placing tiny visible numbers (a.k.a. “hints”) in the top left corner of the application icons, and in the top right corner of the tray icons. The numbering scheme supports more than one digit, so that the hint for the 12th application is “12”.

While this utility has been tested with the Utter Command user interface, it will work with any other voice macros that select open applications or tray icons by rotating with them sequentially from left to right.

The utility adjusts dynamically as new applications or tray icons are added, and also works when the user has chosen to make just a subset of the tray icons visible.

This article wasn’t written by me. The author wished to remain anonymous.

Win+# keyboard shortcuts

You can use the Windows key+number keyboard shortcut to refer to a taskbar item.

Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Source: Microsoft.

7+ Taskbar Numberer adds numbers to your taskbar items, so you can see right away what keyboard shortcut is assigned to each item.
Optionally, the numbers can appear only when the Windows key is down.


To launch this utility automatically when Windows launches and without showing the dialog, add a shortcut in your startup folder pointing to the location where you have placed the utility, followed by the -hidewnd command line switch, similar to:

"C:\Software\7+ Taskbar Numberer\64\7+ Taskbar Numberer.exe" -hidewnd

You might also want to add the -hidetray command line switch to hide the tray icon.

To use a specific option from the GUI, use the corresponding command line switch: -v1, -v2 or -v3.

To exit from this utility, right-click the tray icon.

In newer versions of 7+ Taskbar Numberer, two semi-documented flags for displaying the number of combined buttons were added. For details, please read the comments here.


zip 7plus Taskbar Numberer.zip (101.64 kB)

Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at July 22nd, 2012.

171 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Numberer: taskbar numbers for Utter Command”

  1. gentux says:


    I liked the App a lot but unfortunately it does not work on the newest Windows 10 x64 version. When you start it, it displays error messages every second “IDS_INJERROR_X3” which keeps popping up every second until you force close in Task manager. Then you have to restart explorer as the start menu stops working.

    For now I disabled it, but would be great if you can fix this. It happens on Windows 10 Build 10586 called Windows 10 1511 Version which came via Windows Update yesterday.

    Here’s a screenshot of what happens.

  2. Any chance this could go on Chocolatey.org, like the Taskbar Tweaker app (or could these features be rolled into that app)?

  3. xpclient says:

    The debug symbols for November Update seem to be available now if you change your mind about updating 7+TN 🙂 https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463028?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396

  4. xxx says:

    Will it let me use WIN + NUMPADKEY to switch windows?

  5. syong0921 says:

    avira antivirus misdiagnosis this app as a virus. 🙁 making annoying pop-up

  6. Daryl says:

    Just leaving a comment to say how useful this program is. I’ve never understood why Microsoft didn’t add a number-utility when they added the winkey+number launch function.

    With that said, I haven’t gotten to actually use this tool yet. I hope you can find the time to update it for the latest version of Windows 10. 🙁

    Also kudos on the color tool! I spent a while trying to regedit colors in myself but got stumped due to the UseNewAutoColorAccentAlgorithm.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:


      Thank you for the feedback!

      I hope you can find the time to update it for the latest version of Windows 10. 🙁

      Which version are you using?
      7+ Taskbar Numberer should support builds 10240 and 10586 of Windows 10.

      • Daryl says:

        Thanks for replying! It looks like my Windows 10 installation was faulty, after posting my comment I had some other issues crop up. Your tool is working fine now I’ve done the Windows 10 “reset my PC”. 🙂

  7. Greg Bunker says:


    I’m running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit, and am getting an IDS_INJERROR_LOADDLL error and no numbers on the taskbar. I loved this application when I was using Windows 7 SP1 and I miss it. (With the 32bit version I get the IDS_ERROR_64OS, implying that the 32bit does not run due to the fact that I am running a 64bit OS).

    Many Thanks,

    • Greg Bunker says:

      I should clarify, this is on the most recent version. (Just downloaded.) – I have tried some older versions as well that I had for Windows 7 SP1 and none of them seem to work. (An old one from 24.09.2013 seemed to crash explorer, and one from 01.08.2015 and 08.08.2015 and also from the 25.10.2015 and 26.10.2015 – I was hoping some older ones would work… – UK date format dd.mm.yy)

      Update: I’m running DisplayFusion – I turned that off and although I stopped getting the INJERRORs, the numbers still weren’t showing up (and the 2013 version still crashed explorer). Might an early release from the Windows 8.1 update fix this if you have older versions available?

      • RaMMicHaeL says:


        Do you have any other customization tools in addition to DisplayFusion?
        Are you using a custom theme? 7+ Taskbar Numberer doesn’t support the classic theme on Windows 7, but as far as I know, the classic theme is not available in newer Windows versions.

        Also, what is your exact Windows version number (including build number)?

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        I have checked it on Windows 8.1 with all of the updates installed, and it worked as expected for me.

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        Hi again,

        I looked at it again, and I think that I have found the issue. Please try v8.4, and let me know whether it works for you.

        • Greg Bunker says:


          Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, I missed the email notification and I then forgot 7+TbN as it’s something I tend to install and forget.

          I can confirm that it was working fine until I installed DisplayFusion which does do some tweaks to the taskbar.

          However, 8.4 is working (on the Windows taskbar, not the one that DisplayFusion adds on my multimonitor setup, but I was not expecting the DisplayFusion one to work). I may have altered the DisplayFusion settings since though, which I know isn’t particularly helpful information 😛

          The only other thing is with all the versions of 7+TbN I have downloaded, the only way to tell them apart is the date metadata, so could I request (a) in future versions to include a version number somewhere in the Zip, whether it be the filename of the Zip or the EXE, and (b) an old versions download page (with dates), mainly so I can organise the different 7+TbN versions I have? 🙂 . Oh, and one more thing, for the command line (which I set up at startup using Task Scheduler), I can only get the EXE to actually start when I change the filename of “7+ Taskbar Numberer.exe” to include no spaces, as putting “quatation” marks around the EXE does not appear to work.

          Many Thanks,

          • RaMMicHaeL says:

            Hi Greg,

            I don’t plan to publish old versions. The goal is to have the latest version to work the best.
            I’ll look at adding version info to the properties of the program.

  8. Rob says:

    Hello RaMMicHaeL,

    Thanks for this beautiful little tool!
    For those who don’t have Utter Command and want to use it in one of the Dragon Pro versions, here is the script (based on one of Lindsay Adams scripts of the KnowBrainer forum):

    For Tray icon one:

    Declare Function keybd_event Lib “user32.dll” (ByVal vKey As _
    Long, bScan As Long, ByVal Flag As Long, ByVal exInfo As Long) As Long
    Const VK_LWIN = 91
    Sub Main
    SendSystemKeys “b”
    End Sub

    And for the rest of the icons (you can build further for the rest of the icons with SendKeys “{Right}” “{Right 2}” “{Right 3}” etc.):

    Declare Function keybd_event Lib “user32.dll” (ByVal vKey As _
    Long, bScan As Long, ByVal Flag As Long, ByVal exInfo As Long) As Long
    Const VK_LWIN = 91
    Sub Main
    SendSystemKeys “b”
    SendKeys “{Right}”
    SendKeys “+{F10}”
    End Sub

    Any chance of creating numbered overlays like these for the desktop, Internet browsers etc.?

    Kind regards,

  9. xplient says:

    Sir, the latest updates to Windows 8.1 break 7+TN. If you can update it, I will be grateful.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I have installed all of the updates on my copy of Windows 8.1, and everything works for me.
      Can you navigate to the Windows folder, and check your explorer.exe file version? Also, are you using a 64-bit system?

  10. xpclient says:

    Explorer.exe is at version 6.3.9600.18231. I am using Windows 8.1 64-bit. Is there any other troubleshooting I can do or a crash dump?

  11. xplient says:

    Well I had removed 7+TN from startup for a while since it was crashing. I replaced the file on my PC with the one linked above. Both files had latest date of 17 Feb, 2016. But somehow now the error has disappeared. Thank you! How strange is that. I am 100% sure I had the latest version since the dates are same but now there is no error and it works as if nothing ever went wrong? Anyway if I get it again, I will let you know.

  12. Mark says:

    Just FYI, I’m getting an IDS_INJERROR_LOADDLL message when I try to install this (Version 8.4, downloaded from the Dropbox link) on Windows 10 Preview Build 14352. I understand if functionality with preview builds is not a priority, but just thought you might like to know in case it helps you plan for compatibility with future releases. I only just discovered that Taskbar Numberer existed, so I don’t know whether it would have worked for me on a previous build or not.

    Thanks for sharing this tool, in any case. Seems very useful and I’d love to try it someday.

  13. Ted says:

    Thank you very much for your great tools !

    Infos from me (sorry, bad english):

    Your taskbar-numberer only works with Aero-Designs.
    Not in Windows-Classic-Design.

    In aero the numbers are not good readable on my CRT-monitor.


  14. Dworkin says:

    Short question: why key ‘-v4’ and ‘-v5’ are not documented.
    -v4 is very practical, but I found information about it only here

    And thank you again for the tool!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      The reason is that the tool wasn’t originally designed for that, and while I was OK with quickly adding the options as new command line flags, I was reluctant to tweak the GUI or to re-word the description.

      I’ve added a short note about it in the post. Maybe I’ll add the options properly one day 🙂

      • Bob says:

        The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be upon us very soon. Will this lovely tool continue to work? I know it’s a real pain but please, please make it work in the latest version of the OS too. I use these undocumented switches too!

        Thank you.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          I plan to add support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update after I complete adding support for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Stay tuned.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Please try v8.5.

          • xpclient says:

            7+TN 8.5 works brilliantly on Windows 10 1607. Thank you so much for continuing to update it and adding a version number!! I just discovered the hidden -v4 and -v5 switches. They are amazing – now the grouping of buttons is somewhat useful since the user has an idea how many items are grouped. It is just as useful as 7+TT. You are a great coder.

  15. Greg Bunker says:


    Running Windows 10 Pro, anniversary update, version 1607, build 14393.10, and I’m getting an IDS_INJERROR_LOADDLL error. I haven’t tried a clean boot but it was working fine before the update… I can do some further testing tomorrow around 20:00 BST… Are you aware of errors in the anniversary update?

    Many Thanks,

  16. Greg Bunker says:

    Yup, that worked 🙂 – Thanks (I should’ve checked for an update…)

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