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 (1.12 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 (1.12 MB, changelog)
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

FAQ

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)

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.

7tt-portable-small

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.
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2,229 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Oliver says:

    I was SO relieved to see that this worked on W8 too after having to upgrade from W7. Definitely crucial for my well being. That’s kinda sad actually… But nevertheless true.

  2. Genesis says:

    Have you considered changing tray icon to an 8 on Windows 8? :)

  3. Felipe Carasso says:

    Hey! Very nice add-on to Win7!

    If you ever consider adding more features, one that I’d like to see is something that would keep groups from splitting between multiple taskbar lines.

    Thanks!
    Felipe

  4. Gordon says:

    On multiple monitors, using DisplayFusion, how do you make 7TT work on BOTH taskbars? Works fine on the primary, but not at all on the secondary, which is where I really need it :)

  5. Gordon says:

    Thanks for your prompt reply. Might have a talk with Binary Fortress and see if they can organise it.

    Again, thanks.

    G

  6. Retired Engineer says:

    I have an idea for a new productivity feature. I do *not* maintain pop-up menus for many pinned applications which can show Pinned and Recent items. For these apps I suggest adding to each an On/Off switch which will keep them “narrow” on the Taskbar, along with pinned apps which do not support context menus.

    The ability to keep pinned app icons narrow on the Taskbar reduces wasted Taskbar space.

  7. V@no says:

    Hello.

    If a folder created inside %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\
    and then clicked on that folder in Quick Launch toolbar it will open that folder in a window, however if you click on it while holding CTRL it will show content of that folder in a dropdown popup.

    Would be nice if 7+ have an option to revert this beheviour: CTRL+Click = open window and just click = open dropdown list

    Thank you.

  8. Alex says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,

    Just noticed (in Windows 8) that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker by default is installed into the current user’s profile. Though it works it seems very strange to me. What is the reason of such a decision? While installation I’ve changed the destination path to “C:\Program Files (x86)\7+ Taskbar Tweaker” and it works well as I can see by now.

    Anyway thanks a lot for the great work you have done!

  9. Kulmegil says:

    I would like to be able to hide/unhide tray icons using [middleclik]. Would it be possible to implement a feature?
    http://imgur.com/7KWwojx

  10. Shelly says:

    Hello,

    To add tabbed browsing to Windows 8.1 File Explorer on a system that is already using 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, is there a preference among QTTabBars, WindowTabs, Clover 3, XYplorer etc.? I’d like to have tabbed file browsing, and of course want to avoid conflicts and performance problems. Perhaps there is no problem in combining such software with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, but felt it would be best first to ask whether readers here have relevant experiences and recommendations.

    Thanks,

    Shelly

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Shelly,

      I use QTTabBars and I’m very satisfied. I’ve tried Clover 3, but it felt buggy. I tried WindowTabs long ago, too, and didn’t like it, but perhaps it was improved since.
      I didn’t try XYplorer, but it’s not just an enhancement for Windows explorer, but a whole new file manager.

      • Shelly says:

        RaMMicHael,

        Thank you very much for sharing your experience with those products. I’ve made a similar inquiry on the Classic Explorer forum, and if users there are also OK with QTTabBars then that’s the product which I’ll try.

        Shelly

  11. Simon says:

    So there was only one reason I looked for a Taskbar tweaker, and the feature seems not to be, so I suggest:

    – Automatic alphabetic sorting of thumbnail/list preview.

    I see it can manually be done in Taskbar Inspector, but that’s not very practical.

    I think Explorer is what most would desire this feature for, so I think that’s most important.

    If this is difficult, I think an option to assign the default left-click on 7+TaskbarTweaker for sorting this manually would be a workaround that is at least useful. As it would take it from 4 clicks down to 1.

  12. Colin says:

    Hi RaMMicHael,

    I have been using this product for the past 2 months, then updated my computer, so I am reinstalling it.

    Thanks for this really great product…

    One minor issue – the double click function no longer works for pinned items (single click only). Very minor, like I said, but have you ever encountered this before ?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Colin,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      As for the double click issue – I haven’t encountered it, no.
      Please provide more details so I could try and reproduce it, such as Windows version, tweaker options, and taskbar properties.

  13. Colin says:

    Wow, that was fast. Sorry, I’m a computer dunce, and am working in a foreign country’s language to boot (so my computer is not “in English”).

    So apparently I have Windows 7 Professional K.

    My tweaker options are as follows:

    Jump list (default); New program instance (default); Pin to (default); Show thumbnail preview (default); Drag to reorder; Remove extra gap + Open with double click; Don’t group + Don’t group pinned items; Use taskbar settings (default); Open thumbnail preview (default)…

    And then nothing else is clicked (double/middle click on empty space is at “Nothing (default)”.

    Lastly, my taskbar properties: when I first got my new computer, there were 4 sections: start; open applications, “something else”; and notifications.

    The “something else” had some strange green/black globe, with various options like ‘switch to chinese’ and other things I have never used and which I didn’t like, so after much effort, I was eventually able to delete it (not sure what it was – it would not go away easily). I then added the quick launch section, so now back to 4 sections.

    I hope that’s descriptive enough – do you have any idea what that “something else” section was ? I will have to confirm with our IT guys, I guess.

    As an aside, now that I think about it, I thought clicking “When not grouping, place new items next to the existing ones”, would open every new choice in order (so it could be a Doc file, then e-mail, then Doc file again, then Internet window – in other words, everything in order that I have opened them). But this choice actually makes all doc files together, and all e-mail files together, etc. Is this not also an error ?

  14. Colin says:

    Ah, RaMMicHael, a few more things:

    I just looked up some more things, and I think that “something else” was just a desk band or tool band or something, and deleting the same has no real consequence. I will confirm, but right now I am pretty sure that was it.

    Regarding my actual toolbar properties (sorry, I am translating this in my head – I do not know the exact English wording):

    IN THE FIRST TAB (TASKBAR):

    Of the first 3 boxes (lock, automatic hiding, small icons) only small icons is clicked.

    Then, I chose “bottom”.

    Then, I chose “do not combine”

    The Aero Peek box is greyed out.

    ON THE SECOND TAB (START MENU)

    I chose “Restart”.

    Of the next 2 boxes, I clicked the 2nd one only (I think it says “Recently used files are saved and show the start menu and the taskbar”).

    ON THE THIRD TAB (TOOL BAND)

    Only Quick Launch is checked.

    Well, that’s all I can say for now.

    Sorry for all the hassle for just a minor point.

    But to me, it’s not just the minor point, it’s finding out exactly why this is happening…

    :|

  15. Colin says:

    Ugh, sorry to bother you so much, but one more thing – I saw this discussion where the pop-up blocker was an issue.

    I am not sure of my pop-up blocker status, but will check tomorrow after asking my IT guys.

    http://www.techsupportall.com/how-to-fix-double-click-is-not-working/

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