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 (1.17 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 (1.18 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 (735.73 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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2,555 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Anonymous User says:

    How can I close this program with a batch file, I can’t seem to find the name of the task. (And my Admin prevents me from using Task Manager for some devilish reason)

  2. K0 says:

    Hi, RaMMicHaeL.
    I want to suggest you some extra feature.
    I usually broadcast with computer, so volume mixer is essential feature.
    So, what if scrolling mouse wheel when the cursor is hovering over each of program can control each of their volume?
    I wish that I can meet this feature in next update.

    Best regards, K0.

  3. Croatoan says:

    Is it possible for you to implement right click option “Always on top” and “Minimize to tray” for right click menu for taskbar window (jump list or standard window menu).
    http://i.imgur.com/IBpPEkN.jpg

  4. Stamimail says:

    I would prefer that my thumbnail previews, would behave like my taskbar buttons settings. I mean:
    1. “Drag within/between groups using right mouse button” – adding this feature also to thumbnail previews.
    2. I have advance settings in Advance Options for taskbaritem. I wanted this settings also for my thumbnail previews (like Close all group items, Terminate process etc). Maybe to add thumbnailpreviews to Advanced Options is the solution required.

  5. tiger says:

    Good !
    In XP I use Taskbar Control :
    http://www.pointstone.com/products/TaskbarControl/
    but it does not work in windows server 2008
    and your software can be use in windows server 2008 .

  6. Anonymous User says:

    I can’t get no_width_limit 1 to work with dual monitors for the second taskbar. It is almost like the second taskbar is a second program with even more limitations.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      It is almost like the second taskbar is a second program with even more limitations.

      That’s what it is. They share the task list component, but apart from that, they have separate implementations. That’s part of the reason as of why no_width_limit doesn’t work with secondary taskbars – It requires a different approach. I remember trying to implement it, but couldn’t find a simple solution and put it aside. I might get back to it one day, when I have some spare time.

      • Anonymous User says:

        Is there anywhere that you would recommend looking into? I’m not as good at programming as you are, and I know very little about how the .dll things work, but I’d still like to try.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Not really, not something that would fit in a blog comment.
          If you’re interested in this kind of stuff, you might want to look at the direction of assembly/WinAPI/dll injection/hooking and related topics.

  7. v4.5.7 Crash says:

    问题签名:
    问题事件名称: APPCRASH
    应用程序名: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe
    应用程序版本: 4.5.7.0
    应用程序时间戳: 54ef8b89
    故障模块名称: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe
    故障模块版本: 4.5.7.0
    故障模块时间戳: 54ef8b89
    异常代码: c0000005
    异常偏移: 0000000000005721
    OS 版本: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
    区域设置 ID: 2052
    其他信息 1: 43e2
    其他信息 2: 43e2a352b952342906d1c3ed07f52f54
    其他信息 3: 27ac
    其他信息 4: 27aca429da81019d63c44da582166b9c

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    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=104288&clcid=0x0804

    如果无法获取联机隐私声明,请脱机阅读我们的隐私声明:
    C:\Windows\system32\zh-CN\erofflps.txt

  8. wmn says:

    Hi,

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker 4.5.7 keep crashing after loading:

    Nom de l’application défaillante 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe, version : 4.5.7.0, horodatage : 0x54ef8b89
    Nom du module défaillant : ntdll.dll, version : 6.3.9600.17630, horodatage : 0x54b0e17a
    Code d’exception : 0xc0000005
    Décalage d’erreur : 0x00000000000582bb
    ID du processus défaillant : 0x1060
    Heure de début de l’application défaillante : 0x01d052346e48c0df
    Chemin d’accès de l’application défaillante : C:\Users\Administrateur\AppData\Roaming\7+ Taskbar Tweaker\7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe
    Chemin d’accès du module défaillant: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
    ID de rapport : af208f77-be27-11e4-81ce-0030487d26ac
    Nom complet du package défaillant :
    ID de l’application relative au package défaillant :

    Re- installed 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 4.5.5 and everithing work as before.

    thanks.

  9. wmn says:

    I mean re-installed 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 4.5.6 and everithing work as before.

  10. Jamillionaire says:

    If Windows 10 does not grant the ability to have system tray on extra taskbars with multi-monitors, do you think you could enable that with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker? Just a thought ….

  11. Zed says:

    Amazingly helpful – I use this on Windows 7.

    Items I use are:

    Grouping:
    Dont group

    Other:
    Hide the “Show desktop” button
    Display seconds on the tray clock

    When I have some spare cash I will donate.

    Many “thank you”s !!

  12. Selvedin says:

    Hi,

    After updating to 4.5.7, the Tweaker stopped working. The process seems to be active, but none of the features are, and the options window doesn’t show. The uninstaller is also unable to exit the process. Tried uninstalling with configuration clearing checked and installing fresh, it didn’t work.

    I’m using Windows 7 Pro with a dual monitor setup. I also have Actual Multiple Monitors installed, but the Tweaker worked with it before.

    I was forced to downgrade to 4.5.6, hope you fix it.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      I think I know what might be the issue. Please try the following version, and let me know whether it works:
      https://www.dropbox.com/s/j4c55cgk0m7nvph/7tt_setup_beta_v4.5.7.1.exe?dl=0

      Thanks.

    • RightPaddock says:

      Ah-ha, I thought it was just me. I had a devil of job uninstalling etc, went back to 4.5.5. The odd thing was I lost one setting – the one for dragging taskbar icons

      I use Actual Tools Buttons.

      Question – why does 7TT want to install itself in %appdata% and not %programfiles%, its a program not data.

      RP

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        Question – why does 7TT want to install itself in %appdata% and not %programfiles%, its a program not data.

        See my reply here:
        http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker/comment-page-20#comment-4600

        • RightPaddock says:

          IMO users without admin rights shouldn’t be installing software, especially software that changes the behaviour of Windows itself.

          If the user wants install software in a ‘non standard location’ because they don’t have sufficient rights to install it in the ‘standard location’ then they should nominate a location. I can’t imagine many such users would choose an obscure location such as “c:\users\\appdata\roaming\program name”.

          Anyway its easy enough to change.

          RP

          • RaMMicHaeL says:

            IMO users without admin rights shouldn’t be installing software, especially software that changes the behaviour of Windows itself.

            I don’t agree. What if the user doesn’t have admin rights, but still wants to customize the taskbar? Also note that the customization only affects the user’s taskbar, and doesn’t affect the rest of the users.

            If the user wants install software in a ‘non standard location’ because they don’t have sufficient rights to install it in the ‘standard location’ then they should nominate a location.

            That’s an option, but I don’t see why it’s better than the current way.
            Ideally, the installer would have two options: install for a single user, and install for all users. The second option would install into the Program Files folder. But it seems like not many users miss the second option, so I haven’t got around to implementing it.

            • RightPaddock says:

              As I said “Anyway it’s [meaning location] easy enough to change.”

              IMO leave it as is, functional improvements/fixes/compatibility should take priority.

              Maybe when you have nothing to do (ha-ha) you could do an an MSI install with a feature selector;)

              RP

  13. andy says:

    Hey,

    With recent update (Was on 4.5.6 before update) I can’t seem to get the following feature to work: ‘scroll your mouse wheel while holding the right mouse button to show/hide labels of the group under the mouse’. I have to use Taskbar Inspector to show/hide labels per app.

    These are my settings: http://i.imgur.com/MI8e30G.png

    Something I am missing?

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      That option is not enabled by default anymore, as it turns out that it’s not compatible with some extra sensitive mice. It can be enabled with the following advanced option: right_drag_toggle_labels.

  14. GaryK says:

    Is there a way to install TT quietly? I use it in an enterprise environment, and rather than install updates individually, I would like to launch the update via a login script, but I can’t because the install routine requires interactive response.

  15. GaryK says:

    Thanks. That will work the first time, but thereafter a “Reinstall/Remove” dialog appears. The nature of a logon script is such that it runs each time the system logs on. You can’t guarantee that every system will logon every day, so you need to wait a few days, and already installed machines show the above dialog. What I need to know is if there’s a way to run the update silently regardless of whether its already been run on the machine.

    GaryK

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I’m not seeing the behavior that you’re describing. I’ve just run 7tt_setup.exe /S twice in a row, and no “Reinstall/Remove” dialog appeared.
      How can I reproduce the behavior you’re seeing?

  16. GaryK says:

    Got it. The /S is case-sensitive. I first used /s. I had one of those flashes in the middle of the night.

    All better now. Thanks for your help.

    GaryK

  17. kei says:

    Hi, I’m japanese. my english is very little. sorry.

    I want to hide the ToolTip of MiniIcon of TaskTray.
    Is it possible?

    ToolTip
    http://www.codeproject.com/KB/shell/CTrayIcon/CTrayIcon_3.jpg
    When I was a mouse hover, I want to disable pop-up…

  18. Clemens says:

    Dear Ram, that’s a really awesome piece of software you made! Thanks a lot for that plus sharing it, deserves in fact a donation…
    I just would have one question: where is it saving it’s own configuration? Any [config].ini or registry entry there, which could be saved (and directly used) for further installations?
    Best regards

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Clemens,

      7+ Taskbar Tweaker keeps its settings in the registry:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker

      There’s also a portable version (see FAQ), which keeps its settings in an .ini file in the main program folder.

      • Clemens says:

        Very, very nice! Prefer the portable/ini option… although there is one option, which is still placed in the registry:

        For “Run at startup” it says because of “running a portable version […] this option” will be written “to the registry”.

        Do you think it would be possible to have in a next update this registry entry automatically created, whenever the case is given, while loading the settings of the ini, it finds inside this specific ‘Run-at-startup’-option as set to ‘1’?

        Btw, where in the registry? ;)
        Greetings

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Do you think it would be possible to have in a next update this registry entry automatically created, whenever the case is given, while loading the settings of the ini, it finds inside this specific ‘Run-at-startup’-option as set to ‘1’?

          What’s the use case for this?
          I don’t see how making the portable version quietly writing to the registry is a good idea. The fact that it’s portable means that it might not be there the next time you start your system, e.g. if it was run from a USB disk.

          Btw, where in the registry? ;)

          HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

          • Clemens says:

            Ah sure, the standard place for AutoRuns, redundant question…

            However, the idea with the ‘Run-at-startup’ option in the ini is easy explained:
            Although I understand your “portable”-argument I don’t see a reason, why this could be a disservice for anybody. For the one, who only want to use it as a ‘portable’ tool, there won’t be any motivation to set this option at all – fine (no change)!
            But as soon as you want just have it on a specific system (mostly) always running (and prefering clean uninstalled software), you could also have an ini, where this option is set, and tada: you don’t have to take care about anything else then extracting and (re)placing the ini, simple & nice… So all options are up to the user, what your software makes so special nice already!
            What’ you think? ;)

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              you don’t have to take care about anything else then extracting and (re)placing the ini

              Why does opening the settings and checking a checkbox make it much more complicated? It’s not like that’s something that a user does often.

              • Clemens says:

                You’re very right… I just love to avoid annoying time to configure the system and all its software again from stretch after resetting one’s system. Furthermore this tool is something to share with other’s and letting them enjoy an “just extract/replace” configuration with nothing else would be just a nice service.
                No big deal, just something to perfectionize the usability of your fine tool. Sure, if it’s against your ‘portable “philosophy”‘ – no problem at all! 8)

                • AnonAMouse says:

                  You could always export the registry key and place that .reg file with this tool’s portable setup.

                  Then run the reg file on a new pc to populate the missing registry entry.
                  (It will overwrite it if it’s already there.)

                  Then you can easily use the portable version.

                  Obviously this requires access to the registry, but it should make moving a portable install easier for you.

                  Note:
                  You only have to directly access the registry via regedit once to export a copy of the registry key in question, replacing on a similar pc (Win 7+) should then be as simple as a double click on the saved .reg and an ok dialogue.

                  You could also export all of the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker registry entries intoone .reg file and use that first instead of just the single autorun entry.

                  • Clemens says:

                    Thanks for that detailed comment. Well, yes, in fact that’s the way I do it, although a “only ini” solution would have been nice ;)…

  19. Jonathan says:

    Haleluja!! Just what I needed!

  20. Kelly says:

    Hi! I’m having some problem with the disable_topmost option, I have set it to 1. Whenever I click on show desktop, the taskbar will disappear. The taskbar disappears only on desktop, but is still there when on another window such as chrome. Any idea how to fix this problem?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      That was already reported:
      http://tweaker.userecho.com/topic/604551-taskbar-hides-on-show-desktop-when-disable_topmost-is-enabled/

      Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a proper fix for this. That’s the way the Show desktop is designed to work: every window which is not topmost gets hidden. The taskbar is a window, too, so that applies to it as well.

      In Windows XP, you could choose to make the taskbar non-topmost, and it still worked, probably due to a special workaround. My guess is that when rewriting most of the code in Windows 7, the team decided that it’s not worth the complexity, and just removed the feature.

      In the end, I believe that there’s some way to hack around it, but currently, I don’t plan to work on it.

  21. Tiago Silva says:

    Hi, First of all thanks for the excelent program.

    I have a suggestion to make.

    Please add an option to decombine and stay that way when for instance double-click on a group. Then it would only combine again when double click on an item of the same group.

    This is usefull for instance when using file explorer, and copying stuff around. I want to be able to access folder quickly. The active group, is not good because is always. I just want to have more control sometimes.

    Many thanks.

  22. Tiago Silva says:

    Another idea.

    Allow a group to be always at right. For instance i have a particular group, i want to be always right even if there are new apps opening on taskbar, the right-most is the one i defined on Taskbar Inspector.

  23. Riku says:

    Hi!

    Opening with double click doesn’t work for me anymore on taskbar. I had that library error before 4.5.8.7 beta if that helps.

    Thanks again for great program.

  24. cheebase says:

    Beautiful! Thanks Ram!
    I just about gave up on thumbnail organizing all together when a reference popped up on the virtues of 7+TT. Just a little tweak is all I need… :-)
    Instead of the current tick box at Drag to reorder, implement a radiobuttoned choice between this and the new Auto Reorder By Frequency Of Use (or something shorter). That way the most used thumbnail would be on the top of heap and as usage diminishes thumbnail rank would follow. All this in real time.
    Oh, I can wait… a promise would be enough!
    Thanks for the good work! Cheers!

  25. Tony says:

    Love this taskbar tweaker. As a windows developer i have multiple tabs open for the same program and having small icons next to each other in the taskbar instead of grouped as one is soooo awesome. Thanks.
    PS. You may want to look into adding this to PortableApps.com

  26. Ken says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for such a great application!! I’ve tried searching but I can’t find an answer for my question. I hate grouping items and I keep a LOT of windows open. When everything is ungrouped, it’s easy to move a window to the left or right on the same row of windows. As you know, if I open up enough windows, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of the task bar and any new windows will be on a “new row” of windows. How do I move a window from the second row of windows to the first row of windows? Sometimes I can get it to happen by chance, but I don’t know how I am doing it. Thank you for your help!

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