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 and Windows 8.

Download (portable installation available)

exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.1 MB, changelog)

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

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.1 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 (731.97 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.

2,397 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Alexander says:

    I have sometimes wrong order of icons after reboot. I make “log off – log on” to become right order. Maybe problem is in the tweaker?

  2. Shan says:

    When will 7+ taskbar tweaker be free for windows 10 tech preview?

  3. Konstantin says:

    This is a beautiful and very useful application. Helps me a lot to organize my work.
    Big thanks, RaMMicHael!

  4. Andrew says:

    I’m trying to figure out a visual issue with the tray bar on Windows 8.1 x64.

    Randomly (never caught that moment) or after clicking some tray icon, some *other* tray icon takes a “clicked” state and doesn’t return to normal until I click it individually.

    I have around 15 tray icons, they all set to “always show”. With 7tt I’m using an option for accessing volume tool with mouse scroll from tray bar.

    I think this issue started after I upgraded to 7tt+ v4.5.5. But not 100% sure – I’ll try to work without 7tt (would be quite uncomfortable) and see if it’s still there.

    Up until now I was having this issue at least 2-3 times every day.

  5. Vaughn Seward says:

    Occasionally, not sure when (perhaps after coming out of hibernation), 7? crashes.

  6. Dennis says:


    Thank you so much for the great software!

    I just had a question, probably silly, but I thought I would ask since I haven’t messed around with the Taskbar Inspector much.

    Are settings made through the Taskbar Inspector saved between sessions at all i.e. remembered when reopening windows/software or even when restarting Windows?

    Much appreciated :)

  7. Retired Engineer says:

    In W7 I cannot get drag_towards_desktop options to work with multiple Word-2007 instances. After clicking Apply for numeric options 1-6, I get the same behavior (or lack thereof) as W7 displays whith IE10 Tabs or multiple IE10 instance windows.

    Two questions at this point — did you design these selections to work with Mouse Click & Drag OFF *and* Mouse Hover OFF? I use a trackball with these options turned ON all the time (medical hand/wrist problems), so some additional explication would be helpful to me.

    Also … if you do decide to add Mouse Hover and Click & Drag features, I would be happy to Beta test them for you, and purchase same as a shareware upgrade.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I’m not sure I understand your problem and/or question.
      The drag_towards_desktop advanced option of value 2, 3, 4 doesn’t work with combined items, if that’s what you’re asking.
      Also, the option is not related to mouse hovering. It just replaces the jump list with a different action, such as minimizing the window or showing thumbnail preview.

  8. Victor says:

    Hello! I recently started getting an error when 7+Taskbar Tweaker loads (at Windows startup) saying “failed to load library 206″. I close the notification icon and after waiting for the system to finish booting I’ll start 7+TT again and usually it will start without the error. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this error and if there is a fix yet? Thanks!

  9. luckydonald says:

    Wow I really like your tool!
    Hi there!
    Is there a way to enable the scroll wheel to literally scroll through the pages of the task-bar, if you have more programs open then you have space to display them? Or an other equivalent to clicking the up/down buttons of that scroll thing?
    If you have no such function, it would be amazing to see it in some future version.


  10. luckydonald says:

    Also, your Download link ( http://rammichael.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/7tt_setup.exe ) seems broken (here in the website and on the auto-update dialog of the program).

  11. Drew says:


    Wheel Down:
    Maximized > Not Maximized > Minimized > Hide To Tray

    Minimized > Not Maximized > Maximized

  12. Zai says:

    Hi, I have a small request if you have the time to do so, I’ve noticed that when using the google chrome hangouts app, no matter how much I try I can’t combine them, unless I set the Taskbar buttons properties on the “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” to (Always combine, hide labels) and individually change every single app to show labels again with your great app. I always set it to (combine when taskbar is full). Thanks for such a great application!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:


      7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t affect combining options when the “Combine when taskbar is full” setting is on. In this case, explorer decides whether to combine or not, depending on the available space on the taskbar.
      You might want to try using the “Never combine” option, which might fit your needs better than “Always combine, hide labels”.

  13. Fabian says:


    Can you create a package for https://chocolatey.org ?
    Or am i allowed to package 7+ Taskbar Tweaker into a Chocolatey package?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:


      I’m not familiar with Chocolatey, but I believe that it should be trivial, as 7+ Taskbar Tweaker uses the NSIS installer, which is quite popular.
      Feel free to create a package.

  14. Retired Engineer says:

    In the Main Menu, I have “Middle click on empty space” set to Ctl+Alt+Tab. However, when I use it, what I get is the same behavior as Windows’ popular Alt+Tab function.

    How is Ctl+Alt+Tab supposed to function, and how do I configure its proper behavior?

  15. Doomdodgers says:

    Great, solved my annoying problem instantly. (OCD)

  16. Wig says:

    I’d like the thumbnails for a particular application to automatically sort by name. Currently the only way I can see to do this is manually via the “Taskbar Inspector” option. Every time a new thumbnail is created I have to re-sort which is a bit of pain. Is auto sorting all thumbnails or by application a feature you would consider adding?

  17. Retired Engineer says:

    Sorry, I just don’t get the gist of your reply. Are you saying that if Alt+Tab mode does not work, then use Ctl+Alt+Tab to implement it’s functionality?

  18. Retired Engineer says:


    Now I really do understand the differences. I like your Ctl+Alt+Tab hotkey better than Alt+Tab.

    Many thanks for your tutoring on this issue. A modest contribution for your work will be in the mail shortly.

  19. Йцукен says:

    Добрый вечер.
    Сделайте, если не сложно, в расширенных параметрах пункт управления шириной свободного участка на месте выключенной кнопки пуск (при включенной соответствующей галке).
    И еще такой вопрос: возможно ли как-то изменить стандартную ширину разделителя между разными панелями на панели задач?
    Пояснительный рисунок: http://rghost.ru/59317993/image.png

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Доброго времени суток.

      Сделайте, если не сложно, в расширенных параметрах пункт управления шириной свободного участка на месте выключенной кнопки пуск (при включенной соответствующей галке).

      Сделано. Попробуйте последнию бета версию, опция “no_start_btn_spacing”.

  20. Craig Hogan says:


    I just want the taskbar to autohide and then appear on top of any open windows. Right now, if a window is maximized, when I move the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen to open the taskbar, the taskbar won’t appear on top of a maximized program so I have to reduce the window to see the taskbar and open a window. Thanks.


    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Craig,

      That’s how it should work by default. Is this behavior related to 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, or does it work like this even when the tweaker is not running? Also, is the issue specific to some concrete window, or is it like this for every window/application?

      • Craig Hogan says:


        The taskbar won’t appear because it’s behind a window. It happens when 7+ Taskbar Tweaker isn’t running or when it’s running. I just tried it, and it’s showing up OK on top of the windows for all programs. It just started that behavior a few days ago. Before that, the taskbar always showed up on top of any windows. But for days it wouldn’t show up over Windows Live at least. Now today it’s working OK. I don’t know what to make of it.


        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          I’m afraid that I can’t help you here. Unless you can come up with a way to reproduce the issue, I have no way to find out what causes it. If you have other taskbar tweaking utilities (such as Classic Shell), you might want to try and disable them.

  21. Bigolbig says:

    This is a great little app!

    Is there a way to extend/duplicate the taskbar to multiple displays?


    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      What Windows version are you using? In Windows 8 and later, multiple taskbars are supported by the system, but in Windows 7, the only way is to use a third party app (and then 7+ Taskbar Tweaker won’t work with the secondary taskbar).

  22. Bigolbig says:

    Should’ve mentioned I’m on W7. Oh well.

  23. chris says:

    Cool tool! I have a feature request, even it is not “directly” the taskbar.
    Unfortunately the tweaker.userecho.com website does not work for me, so I place it here:
    Office 2007 and 2010 has a absolutly different window frame, so the place where the windows caption is placed, is colored using skins, the window is round instead of a 90 degree corner etc.
    Would be cool, if 7+ Tweaker could also hook this window to the “classic” style :)


  24. Ayu says:

    Thank you !!! I like this app, but I wish that you can add some fuction to the emptyspace(Mouse Button Control) such as anology Press the shortcut key I can define (em…sorry for my bad english –!) . I just want to run firefox or something else when I click on the empty space of the task list…Anyway ,thank you for this app.

  25. VegasRick says:

    Hey…..I downloaded and installed the Tweaker. Good software…..BUT, I was looking for a way to fix what might be a bug regarding keeping the taskbar “always on top”. After installing the new Skype and RealPlayer Cloud, one of those two installations resulted in my taskbar behaving strangely. I prefer keeping the taskbar on top, but now instead of seeing thumbnails of open windows, I only see the tooltip text, and have to click on the taskbar itself to return focus. Really inconvenient. Was wondering if there’s a way to return my taskbar to its previous state with Taskbar Tweaker?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I’m not sure I understand what the issue is. Also, did you find out what causes it? Skype? RealPlayer Cloud? The tweaker?

      A screenshot that illustrates your issue might help.

      • VegasRick says:

        Well, after much stressing over this issue, I uninstalled RealPlayer Cloud and the taskbar seems to be back to how I liked it. Apparently, RealPlayer Cloud installs this “button” that auto-hides just like the taskbar would (if you have auto-hide selected) which stays on the top of the screen and makes it easier (supposedly) to download videos from YouTube. But it must have take priority over my taskbar, and also the Google Desktop sidebar, because neither of those behaved properly until I uninstalled RealPlayer Cloud. Too bad….I liked using RealPlayer, but it looks like they have gone full-out with this stupid “Cloud” version that includes web-based file storage/sharing. Thanks for the support anyway! But I was going to point out that the Tweaker software still does not have an “always on top” setting for the taskbar. That may have solved my issue so that I could be using RealPlayer and still have my taskbar do what I want it to do.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          But I was going to point out that the Tweaker software still does not have an “always on top” setting for the taskbar.

          The taskbar should be always on top by default, and the tweaker has an option to make it non-always on top.

          Perhaps that button of RealPlayer is always on top too, and thus it conflicts with the taskbar. I think you’d best report it to the RealPlayer guys.

          • VegasRick says:

            I think that’s exactly what it is. I did report it on the RealPlayer Cloud web site. I don’t know why they can’t leave a good thing alone. RealPlayer, RealDownloader & RealConverter worked quite well. Now they want to get in the game of having online file storage & sharing with this “cloud” version of the program and obviously did not test their new software for bugs or issues like this one. Looks like I won’t be using Real Anything until they fix this.

  26. smart7tt says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,
    I absolutely love your program! I really can’t productively work on any PC without it. So, thanks for your work :-)

    Unfortunately, with the last update (or one before that), I have one issue:
    – Gouped taskbar items mix their internal orded while I switch virtual desktops.

    I use Dexpot v.1.6.14 b2439 as my virtual desktop manager, and it hasn’t been updated or modified in any way before the issue appeared.
    What happens is as follows:

  27. John Smith says:

    In Windows 8.1, I’m not getting the classic right click menu. It works on Windows 7 though.


    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      The classic right click menu is actually a feature of Windows. You can activate it by holding shift while right-clicking. The tweaker merely makes explorer think that you actually hold the shift button.

      Please close the tweaker, and try right clicking a button with the shift key pressed. Does it work? If not, the tweaker is not the issue.

      • John Smith says:

        OK, I will try to clarify myself. In Windows 7, before I installed 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, without pressing Shift key, I’d get the new style menu but after I installed 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, I started to get the classic menu without having to press Shift key. Later, I installed 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on Windows 8 but it didn’t change the menu like it did for Windows 7. I quit 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and restarted my PC and made sure 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t run on start up. Then, when I press Shift, I get the classic menu so I believe it is a feature of Windows by itself but your program is simulating the Shift key. It would be great however, if 7+ Taskbar Tweaker could simulate this Shift for Windows 8 just like it does on Windows 7. My suggestion is that if possible, you just make it an option in the program that we can toggle or just update the code so it works for Windows 8 as well.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Thank you for the clarification.
          I’m not sure what could cause it. In fact, you’re the first one to report this kind of issue. The option should work on Windows 8, as well as any other system from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 update 1.
          Perhaps you have a conflicting app installed on your PC. Can you think of any additional app that modifies the taskbar, such as an alternative start menu program?

  28. Chris says:

    Thanks for your efforts in making Windows usable! I came to this page hoping to be able to simulate “uncheck Keep Taskbar on Top” so that it remains hidden behind a full screen app until bidden by the Win button or Ctrl+Esc. I’ve looked and looked but can’t see how I achieve that? I’m using Win 8.1.

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