7+ Taskbar Tweaker

7+ Taskbar Tweaker
7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar.
Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
The tweaker is designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Download (portable installation available)

exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.21 MB, changelog)

Available languages:
Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian.

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.21 MB, changelog)
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:


Q: Which registry keys does 7+ Taskbar Tweaker modify? I don’t need extra processes in my system.
A: The only registry keys the tweaker modifies are its own settings. There are no registry keys for the options it provides. The tweaker does that by injecting a DLL to explorer, hooking/subclassing/some other methods of the dark side.
As for extra processes, the tweaker is a native program, and is very lightweight. It shouldn’t slow down your system, and uses an extremely small amount of memory. Also, you can hide the tray icon if you want.

In case you want to remove the tweaker’s settings from the registry, look for them here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (“7 Taskbar Tweaker” value)

P.S. if you’re a programmer, you might want to take a look at the 7+ Taskbar Tweaking Library.

Q: My antivirus complains about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
A: It’s a false positive. I guarantee that the tweaker binaries (and any other files on this site, unless specifically noted) are 100% clean.
Also remember that the tweaker injects into explorer and modifies its memory, which is indeed suspicious.

Q: Can I Group/Combine/Label only some of the items on the taskbar?
A: Yes, use Taskbar Inspector.

Q: Can I use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker in a commercial environment?
A: Yes, feel free to use it wherever you want.

Q: Where is the portable version?
A: When installing the tweaker, choose the Portable type of install, as shown on the image below.
The portable version will be extracted to the selected folder.


Note: If the tweaker is already installed on your computer, the option won’t be visible. You can launch the setup with the /portable command line switch to force a portable installation.

Q: I want to report a bug/suggest a feature! What is the best way to do it?
A: Post it on the UserEcho page.

Q: I want to translate 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to my language.
A: The archive below contains the files needed to be translated.
Please read readme.txt before proceeding.

zip 7tt_translate.zip (740.63 kB)

If you are brave enough to translate the help file, contact me for the required software and files.

Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at September 30th, 2009.

2,988 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Schkred says:

    Hi there. I totally fell in love with your little tool. Just wanted to let you know =)

  2. ches says:

    Tried this program
    -The download failed to show in Firefox’s download window, although it was in the download directory (!)

    -NO Portable version was offered, despite being a first time use.

    -Found nothing of use in the tweaks, I could already do most of the things without this anyhow, the rest were, well pointless.

    -un-installed and burnt at the stake in 3 minutes


    • shnbwmn says:

      This is either the most ridiculous or dumbest comment here. The first complaint is not 7+TT’s fault. The second is flat-out user ignorance – the installer DOES provides a portable option. The third is irrelevant .. so what if you could do most of these things? The app is aimed at people who can’t. And the fourth: thank goodness. The user-base of this excellent, FREE program doesn’t need such rude/narcissistic people as yourself bringing it down.

  3. KnorxThieus says:

    I would love to specify a custom command line for any application in the mouse/Keyboard OptionsEx! :-)

  4. van says:

    THANK YOU FOR GETTING RID OF THOSE nasty taskbar thumbnails in Windows 8.1 This really works!!!

  5. PreXident says:

    I really enjoy using Taskbar Tweaker! I have one question though – is there any way how to duplicate the taskbar clock with seconds on secondary monitor(s) in Windows 10? I have recently switched to multi-monitor setup and this is the last thing before I am completely satisfied with it. I know there are some third-party tools creating clones of the taskbar on other monitors, but I am afraid that they may not be compatible with Taskbar Tweaker. Thanks a lot for you hard work!

  6. J says:

    I’m poorer than a dog without a bone, and I still felt compelled to drop you enough for a decent cup of coffee. Thanks for making this compatible with Windows 10!

  7. dzw says:

    I need the function to change the Language of IME
    hook Ctrl+Space and change to Alt+Shift

    I prefer use Ctrl+Space to change Language

    • Stamimail says:

      If you can’t set it from:
      Region and Language > Keyboard and languages (Tab)
      Try HotkeyP:
      Command: Macro
      Parameter: /Ctrl/Space
      Or Try AutoHotkey.

  8. Dale says:

    Any chance of being able to change the order of virtual desktops in windows 10, in exactly the same way that apps can be reorganised on the taskbar?

    If I have 5 virtual desktops:

    Original order:
    [0] =>1
    [1] => 2
    [2] => 3
    [3] => 4
    [4] => 5

    Drag and drop #2 to be the last:
    [0] =>1
    [1] => 3
    [2] => 4
    [3] => 5
    [4] => 2


    So that when the Control + Windows + Arrow keys are pressed, the desktops are cycled through using the new order.



  9. shnbwmn says:

    First of all, thanks a bunch for this program. I use it portably on every computer I use. There is just one caveat though: every time the program starts, the settings window pops up. Is there a way to start it minimized? I looked at all the options available, and at the ini file, but nowhere is there an option for this. Is there a line that can be inserted in the ini file?

  10. Martin says:

    Thanks for this awesome program. That is exacly what i needed.
    But there is one thing that you can improve/add.

    Let me say i have a simple folder on my desktop named “New Folder”. It has the default folder Icon.

    And i have the option “Don’t combine grouped Buttons” on. If i open the folder, the default icon will be displayed.

    Would it be possible to show the parent folder icon (in this case the desktop icon) if the opened folder has the (meaningless) default icon.

    I would be very happy if you can add such a option.

    • Martin says:

      Come on. That should be possible. I’m also a programmer :)

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        Cool, so how come you haven’t implemented it yourself? 😛

        The thing is, while possible, Windows (and Explorer) is not open source, so every little change can be very time consuming to implement. Because your feature request is not very popular, I don’t plan to implement it at this time. Sorry.

  11. Passos says:

    Any way to fix the icon padding on windows 10(using no width limit on left side)?
    Btw excellet program, im using it for a year.(saddly the padding worked on win7 but no on win 10).

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Can you post a screenshot to clarify what the issue is?

      • Passos says:

        They don’t fit more, they are pushed off the screen.

        On win7 with fix icon padding it worked, not on win10.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          On my computer, the tray icons turn into a single row if I shrink the taskbar to a smaller size.
          Perhaps you’re using another tweaking tool, or have some additional settings?

          In general, the tweaker only removes the width limitation, it doesn’t change the basic functionality of the taskbar, so perhaps that happens because the taskbar wasn’t designed for such a narrow width.


        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          OK, I could reproduce it with different settings. It seems like it’s an issue of the taskbar, which exists even without the tweaker, but to a lesser extent as the taskbar cannot be that narrow.
          For example, look at the following screenshot. The tweaker is not running there. The tray icons control is off-screen, and as you can see, the leftmost icon is touching the edge of the screen. I’m not sure whether that’s the way it was designed to work, but it looks wrong to me.


          • Passos says:

            I get it.

            I tested on right side and was equal to yours first printscreen.

            Its seems to be a windows problem on side bar.

            Anyway thank your for your time and your help.

            Keep the good work

  12. GWK says:

    another fatal crash when startup windows 10 upgrade build 11099
    please update v5.2

  13. Wolf says:

    Would it be possible to make your own group, e.g. by d&d an taskbar icon on top of another? I had an utility in WinXP that did this.

  14. Jack says:

    I’d like to know if it’s possible
    when I use virtual desktop program,
    I can have 2 sets of settings for each virtual desktop?

  15. Jorge says:

    After updating to the latest Windows 10 Insider build, Taskbar Tweaker fails to load with the error “Could not load library”

  16. David says:

    Hi! I really love this app, but unfortunally, I discover one of the worst bug that totally ruined my experience in Windows 10.

    I use Windows 10 since August 2015. I have to reinstall it at least 3 times. I have a power-capable laptop (Asus Zenbook, with SSD).

    With W8.1, it was really fast. I always used 7TT without any problem (or just what I belive). My laptop started well (as usual) but after a while, it became laggy (programs and app start lag, File Explorer start lag… many kind of lag problems in most cases. The most recent problem was trying to play music with Bluetooth speakers. The sound virtually is impossible to hear, full of lag, hicups, choppy… really a nightmare. I tried everything to fix this problem by updating bluetooth drivers, souncard drivers, etc with no success at all. I was very frustrated. So… after trying many things, I disabled auto-start of 7TT (and not running it at all)… And I found that THIS WAS THE MAIN PROBLEM of lag (in Apps and programs, windows usage) and SOUND problems GONE! Now, all seems fixed, no more lags, the OS is really fast, and no problems at all with bluetooth speakers.

    So, I can confirm that 7TT is not ready for W10, and I won’t use it again.
    I’m really sorry because I like this tool, but, til today, it was ruining the whole experience on my laptop. Thanks God I found the cause of the problem.

    I hope I can use 7TT again. I’m sure the developer have the better intention and doesn’t want this to happen. Maybe you’re not experiencing this problem at all.

    FYI, my laptop is:
    ASUS Zenbook ux32vd
    Intel Core i5
    4 GB RAM
    512 SSD
    1GB NVIDIA Video d/Card

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi David,

      I’m sorry for your bad experience with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
      I’m not familiar with this issue. In fact, you are the first user to report this kind of problem.

      Have you tried running the tweaker with the default settings? Perhaps one particular option interferes with your system.

      Other than that, if you’re willing to cooperate, I can send you several custom builds with removed functionality, so we can deduce which part of the tweaker causes the problem.

      • David says:

        No problem!
        I’ve used 7TT with only this options enabled:

        1) On “Left click of combined items”, I used: Cycle through windows
        2) On “Middle click on empty space”, I used: Task Manager

        That’s all.

        The thing is that I’m very busy this days. If you want, you can send me those builds… but the lag problem is something that happens in certain moments (almost always the lag start after 1 or 2 hs of computer use)… it’s very strange!

        I can confirm that this problem only happens in Windows 10. When I had Windows 8.1 on the same computer, I didn’t notice any lag… even on Windows 7 (years ago), 7TT worked great. So, I think it’s something in W10… or maybe my Asus Zenbook “combined” with W10… Really don’t know.

  17. ivan says:

    Пожалуйста добавьте чтобы было написано количество окон в группе, как это было в win xp.

  18. shady says:

    The newer Windows 10 builds are conflicting with some features. The taskbar/explorer.exe freezes frequently and can only be fixed by killing 7 Taskbar Tweaker. I am also getting the load libary error as the others.

    I hope you can fix it when you get the time.

    waits for a fix

  19. Fernando Garita says:

    Hola a todos

    Lo he estado usando con Windows 7, Windows 8 y ahora con Windows 10 y es una marvilla lo recomiendo.


  20. Scott says:

    Hello, I’m probably missing something basic, but once I’ve set everything up, how do I get back to the program to make setup changes … I can’t find the program anywhere???

    Thanks for something so useful!

  21. Paul says:

    I love this utility! Someone at the classicshell forum just recommended this to me. I use it to enlarge the shrunken Win10 icons.

    I have a question/feature request. Is it possible with the current version, to take away the thin blue line that Win10 puts in the taskbar icon, when a program is open? If not—this would be a mod that would be great to put into the next version of this program.

  22. simon says:

    the “could not load library(5)”message comes out after the windows update,anything i can do or just to wait the new update comes out?

  23. Влад says:

    Thank you!

    It helped me very much to disable taskbar thumbnail preview (win8).

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