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 +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 +number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +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 +number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
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.
7plus Taskbar Numberer.zip (179 kB)