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 (1.19 MB, changelog)

Available languages:
Arabic, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, 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 (1.19 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)

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.

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 (740.57 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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2,675 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Dallas says:

    Would it be possible for you to add a feature where you make the icon show/hide arrow work like it did in vista and below, and show the hidden icons on the taskbar, instead of showing them in a little window thingy? That would be nice, and it seems like it would be possible. :)

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      This was already suggested here.
      Vote for it if you’d like to see it implemented.

      I don’t think that I’m going to tackle it in the near future, as implementing this is not so trivial, but I might take a look one day, when I have extra spare time.

  2. jim bob says:

    Would really like to see an option to choose medium icon size (24px). At the moment you can only choose large (32px) and small (16px).

    • jim bob says:

      Hi RaMMicHaeL, any idea if this can be done?

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        No, it’s not possible without a major amount of work – the two options are pretty much hardcoded. Also, it won’t look that great, as most programs provide only 16×16 and 32×32 icons, so the 24×24 ones are going to be a scaled version of 32×32.

  3. I’m getting “this program is blocked by group policy. For more information contact your system administrator”.

  4. lue lusten says:

    looks like your using something Avast does not like or someone reported it, avast seem to never listen to my false possative so can you please clear this up with them i used your tool know its safe but 90% of the time if i white list it still blocks it

    thanks

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Can you please provide more details about the detection? i.e. the version of the tweaker you’re using, the name of the false positive detection, the nature of the detection – file based or behavior based, a screenshot, and any other relevant information.
      I’ve checked the tweaker setup file on Virustotal, and it seems to be clean, at least for Avast.

      • Lue Lusten says:

        Sadly it wouldn’t tell me it showed me it was blocked twice but would not tell me what it found I used your new beta well I tried to download it but avast said no, it might also be the source it was downloading it from but it wont let me download it soon as its complete avast says nope says its a problem and then blocks it.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Could you provide a screenshot?
          Also, please contact Avast about it. I’m sure they can help you with this more than I can.

          • Lue Lusten says:

            I have contacted Avast two many times they don’t and have never listened or contacted me back about things like this and been a dev myself I even had to wait days for replies from them as a dev, there a good AV but there reply response is crap, but I will try and download it again over the weekend and try snap them shots for you.

  5. John says:

    Thanks for the Taskbar Tweaker program!

    I have Windows 8.1. I tried several times over the last couple of months to use the registry to stop the taskbar preview on mouse hover. Your program stopped it immediately.

  6. John Travolski says:

    Whenever I have Samsung Magician as the active window, I cannot use the scroll wheel to change the volume (just by hovering over the notification area without clicking) although I can with most other windows, like File Explorer, Adobe, Google Chrome, etc. I’m not sure what makes Magician different, but there are probably a few other applications that have this problem as well.

    Magician is the non-active window (http://prntscr.com/7d2enc)
    Magician is the active window (http://prntscr.com/7d2ezx)

    • gggirlgeek says:

      Actually it would be awesome if the volume control were global and would work with applications in full-screen too. After all, 90% of the applications that need volume control are used in full-screen. It would also help us out when auto-hiding the taskbar. But I suspect 7 plus’s scope is too limited for that.

      I use Volumouse by Nirsoft for this, and it’s excellent, but it would be nice to have one less thing to manage.

      • gggirlgeek says:

        To explain, I’m suggesting that the volume would change when you hit the bottom corner of the screen with your mouse, globally.

  7. John Travolski says:

    I have a suggestion that would benefit me greatly. It would be nice if I could export my settings as some kind of text file so that, if I need to install 7+ on another computer, I can easily import it and get my settings back. I restart my computers all the time.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      The settings are kept in the following registry branch:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker

      You can use regedit to export the settings.

      • John Travolski says:

        I never realized that. Thank you! Also, what future developments are you planning for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (apart from Windows 10 support)? Are there any new features that I can be looking forward to?

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          No, no concrete plans for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. While it was started as a tiny tool, today it has many more features that I’ve planned for. I think that it addresses most of the shortcomings of the Windows taskbar, and even provides some customization capabilities beyond that.

  8. gggirlgeek says:

    I really love this program. It helps out with Explorer’s thumbnail caching problem (folders are busy when you try to modify them.) I have never seen taskbar thumbnails as useful anyway. It’s not like you can read the text inside and tell the difference between similar windows. I just need the info dammit! :-) 7+ gives me that without changing my nice glass theme.

  9. JR says:

    In Win7 or 8 Tray icon, “Select which icons and notifications appear on the Taskbar”, you can elect to show a particular icon, say that of your security software. It will show for a time, but Windows will inevitably hide it.

    Is there any way to make selected icons ALWAYS show?

    Thanks

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      but Windows will inevitably hide it

      I’m not aware of this issue. On my computer, once I choose to show an icon, it’s being shown until I decide to hide it again.

      • JR says:

        All I can say is that this has been a consistent Windows 7 behavior ever since I started using Windows 7.

        I chose to hide most icons but I want to see my security software icon, so I can see if it is indicating it needs attention, but within a short time, Windows 7 will hide the security icon.

        http://tinyurl.com/ox6bd9v indicates where others have found the same behavior, and the effort expended to workaround this.

  10. mark says:

    Something that shits me to tears is the lackadaisical way that the taskbar captions appear. Do you know of any way to speed them up so that they appear immediately you mouse-over an icon instead of lazily popping up 1 second later?

  11. Kuberg says:

    I found your tool really interesting, but the problem is that one of the most important functions doesnt exist:
    – i would like to have my taskbar buttons opening only at a max. size (just like it is possible with a firefox addon). Or in other words: much smaller.

    the reason: i open a lot of different programms/FF windows etc. – so it would be better if the button-size dont change with the opened numbers of buttons, but are smaller from beginning. So that the standard-place of my programs dont change all the time 😉

  12. Anon says:

    I really love your tool and it’s helped me make my desktop look better overall.
    But I have a very, very small complaint to make. When I disable Start Button and the Display Desktop button, the gap between the next icon (an open window and the notification tray) and the edge of the screen is uneven between the two. In short the gaps between the screen and the icons are uneven.
    I know this is very minor but is there a way that I could fix this myself or by chance an update?
    Eitherway this is an amazing tool and I’m thankfull someone has finally made this.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      That would be great if you could provide a screenshot to show what you mean.

      • Anon says:

        https://imgur.com/NfRZ0dm

        Notice how the psace between the edge of the screen is different on each side of the taskbar, anyway I can fix this?

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          The space in the left allows you to click there to open the start menu, just like in Windows 8.
          You can change the spacing with the no_start_btn_spacing advanced option. Refer to the help file for more information.

          • Anon says:

            Thank you so much!
            I wasn’t able to change the size of the gap where the start button was, but i was able to set show_desktop_button_size to 8 so that it was equal to the opposing gap.
            I’m just thankfull you allow your users to have acess to these options, thank you for the tool and the help!

  13. Fantom says:

    Request:

    Extended options for clock
    Расширенные настройки для часов

  14. Simon Radford says:

    Thank you. Nice program that enabled me to do impossible things….

  15. Facundo says:

    Please implement an option that allows the user to make visible the ‘Show Desktop’ button in Windows 8.1 where it is invisible.

  16. Matthew says:

    I downloaded this tool because for some reason, my client’s desktop does not want to display a Thumbnail Preview when hovering over the Toolbar. I installed the Tool and noticed that the radio button (Show Thumbnail Preview [default]) was already selected, but still my issue persists. I can select the other options and can verify that they do switch how my Taskbar operates.

    My issue still stands that hovering over the Taskbar icon lists the windows open instead of a Thumbnail Preview.

    As a side notes, I did follow these steps
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/52265-taskbar-thumbnail-previews-enable-disable.html
    Which did not work and why I came here.

    I appreciate the help with the Tool on the other hand.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      When the “Show Thumbnail Preview [default]” option is checked, the twekaer doesn’t affect anything, assuming that your system is configured to display thumbnails by default. You’re saying that you’re seeing a list instead of thumbnails. I assume that you’re referring to this kind of list.

      There are a couple of reasons I can think of as to why thumbnails don’t appear on your computer, and they are listed in the link you provided:
      * Have you verified that you’re running an Aero theme, and not a basic theme?
      * Have you checked the NumThumbnails value in the registry?

      • Matthew says:

        Hey thanks for the reply! I understand the default option takes whatever value Windows currently has set.

        The ‘Visual Effects’ is set for “Adjust for Best Performance” within the “Performance Options” settings.
        I am definitely running an Aero Theme.
        &
        There was not a value for the NumThumbnails in
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband
        So I created a DWORD value for 3.
        Instead of Thumbnails, I am getting Lists despite all signs pointing that I want Thumbnails enabled.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Then I can’t say what’s the reason, sorry. Perhaps you have some related group policy enabled.
          You might want to try asking on Super User or on one of the Windows customization forums, like the one you’ve linked.

          • Matthew says:

            Hi Michael,

            Thanks for the help though. This user’s machine is performing oddly (can’t even get IE to prompt the “Save Password” dialogue to Prompt for 1 website even though Chrome and other nearby workstations have no issue, but that’s besides the point and another issue in itself that I won’t go into ha).

            If I ever find a fix, I may come back and post here in case some future user has the same issue (though we may be off Win7 all together at that point)

  17. Bruce says:

    I’ve seriously customised Windows 7 to work more like XP and be more user-friendly. I’ve used a few tweaks and a few third-party programs to achieve this.

    One thing that I had not previously been able to “fix” was explorer windows grouped together and not being able to be moved apart. I was looking for a solution to this and I came across your program.

    I just changed one setting in 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and it’s done just exactly what I wanted to do.

    Thanks very much for a very useful little program.

  18. Jen says:

    OMG, thank you for this! Those little “preview” windows on the taskbar are so f%$@ing annoying!

  19. Kit says:

    I am using my old XP laptop as a backup while my main machine is in the shop. It works fine except that I have come to depend on the ability (thanks to 7+ Tweaker) to rearrange file order in the taskbar. I have done a quick search and can’t find a utility that lets me do that on XP (SP3). Anyone remember how to do this?

    Thanks.

  20. Kit says:

    Taskbar Shuffle does the trick! Thanks.

  21. Knorx Thieus says:

    Hello,

    I would love it to close several combinated windows by clicking them right one time!
    Do you understand what I mean (bad English)? I could send you a video about my suggestion! :)

    Best regards,
    Knorx Thieus

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      That’s already possible.
      Refer to the help file: Advanced options -> Mouse Button Control, and look for Close all group items.

      • Knorx Thieus says:

        I see, thank you very much! This was exactly what I was searching for.

        Another feedback: The 7+ Taskbar Tweaker window is not shown in the taskbar and cannot be called if the system tray icon is hidden (no button in the normal options window). It would be nice if you could add this.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          The 7+ Taskbar Tweaker window is not shown in the taskbar

          You can pin it.

          and cannot be called if the system tray icon is hidden

          It can be launched from the start menu or from a desktop shortcut, if you have one. Like any other program, you can create a shortcut and place it wherever you find it convenient.

          • Knorx Thieus says:

            Sorry, I meant that the window of the advanced settings: It is neither shown in the taskbar nor I know how to access it directly without using the system tray icon.

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              That’s why they are called Advanced Options, but you can access them from here :)

              • Knorx Thieus says:

                Ah, well hidden! 😉

                I just tried to close a single window like usually (for me) via middle-clicking it, but because of the advanced option “taskbaritem|mclick” = 10, every window of its group automatically received a close prompt!
                How can I close single windows via middle-click but also close all windows of a combinated group if I middle-click it?

  22. Ph42oN says:

    Can you add feature to disable color hot-tracking? Taskbar buttons take color from icons when you hover mouse over them.

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