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:


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.


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.

2,175 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. ifurn0 says:

    works sweet thanks!

  2. LiSkynden says:

    YAY, finally found a tweaker for “right click close” taskbar windows. Big thanks for this. :D

    Could it be possible to make this tweaker so that it you dont have to have it running all the time? I mean like the good old TweakUI was. First tweak your settings and then close the prog.

  3. LiSkynden says:

    Thanks. This is a awesome little prog. I love it :D

  4. Jacker says:

    can you add new feature options to disable taskbar transparency?

  5. JC says:

    Great tool; thanks a lot!!

  6. JC says:

    Is there a way to run a custom program when double-clicking the taskbar (specifically, it’d be nice to be able to run Process Explorer)? Is that a registry key I can edit or is it one of your hooks? If it’s not possible… SURPRISE! *confetti* FEATURE REQUEST! *confetti*

  7. Stamimail says:

    Hi. Question:
    There is no update process for Beta version.
    What is the right way to update to Beta version, especially regarding portable version?

  8. NJ says:

    Dear RaMMicHaeL

    I’ve got version (beta) and it seems to be causing problems for the (opensource) game Oolite. The main or root problem is that if the taskbar is set to auto-hide, it pops up when running that game, even though the game is full-screen. However – and people on the Oolite forum think this might be related to the first one – after that popping up, parts of the screen, in the game, go grey . .

    Any ideas (fixes) please?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi NJ,

      Why do you think that the issue is caused by the tweaker? Does it work properly when the tweaker is not running?
      Also, did you try to find out which option of the tweaker causes the issue?

      • NJ says:

        Thanks for the responses.

        I have discovered that the greyness problem is in fact a feature of the game in question.

        As to the taskbar popping up in full-screen mode, that does happen only when the tweaker is running – and that is why I think the tweaker is (at least part of) the problem. I had thought that perhaps the cause of the problem was having the taskbar set to auto-hide (set to auto-hide even just by Windows rather than tweaker-defined mouse combinations) but, no, the tweaker does need to be running to see the problem. However, I did notice that the problem seemed to occurs only when the ‘decombine on mouse hover’ option is set; but, when I tried to test whether the suboption (‘and show labels’) had an affect, the problem disappeared entirely (whatever I set any of the options to)! I imagine, though, that the problem will recurr. .

  9. gamerx says:

    thanks, nice app!

  10. Drew says:

    Hover request

    Add a timeout to close the preview if the mouse is inactive for x seconds and disable new popups until the mouse is out of the taskbar area.

  11. Chris says:

    Is/would it possible to be able to adjust the width of taskbar buttons?

  12. btriffles says:

    RaMMicHaeL, can I ask how 7+TT obtains an ordered list of taskbar entries? I can’t find any APIs that do this, and MSTaskListWClass is undocumented. I would appreciate any tips you’re willing to provide. Also, thanks for the amazing software!

  13. Ben says:

    In the last couple of days, 7+ TT has ceased to function with “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (102)”. I know that this issue occurred before Windows 8.1 was supported, and it was fixed, but it has resurfaced again, perhaps with recent Windows Updates. I posted about this at https://tweaker.userecho.com/topic/471440-getting-the-dreaded-could-not-load-library-102-message-again-all-of-a-sudden/ . Thanks!

  14. Ron says:

    Is there any way to space the taskbar icons even closer together; say, using an INI file or something?

  15. Ben says:

    RaMMicHaeL, is there any possibility of developing a utility similar to 7+ TT, but that modifies the Alt-Tab interface? In particular, the ability to drag-and-reorder the thumbnails that are displayed while holding-down Alt+Tab would be awesome. While switching windows constantly, I find it terribly cumbersome to work with the order that Windows assigns. As somebody who lives and dies by keyboard shortcuts, I would definitely donate again for that functionality, whether it’s added to 7+ TT or provided as a separate utility.

  16. Swoo says:

    Thanks, man! This prog works wonders! You rock! :-D

  17. deepdaiver says:

    Can you comment this? About new option: http://tweaker.userecho.com/topic/472071-/

  18. Alicia says:

    My bitdefender anti virus detected spyware! can you upload a new one please?

  19. ngagun says:

    I love it that you figured out how to get the pinned icons closer together. Thank you for this excellent piece of software.

  20. Jacker says:

    do I need to download and install the beta one?

  21. Guest says:

    may i upload for mirroring???

  22. alex says:

    Is it possible to rename the groups once they are grouped and combined?

    Thank you


    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      No, the tweaker doesn’t provide such feature.

      • alex says:


        Could you provide that feature, and also to choose an icon for the group…?

        Also when dragging a button from the right, using the right mouse button to combine it to a group, the button is added not as the last button of the group but the one before the last. Seems it should be added as the last button, then only if dragged further to the left it should become the one before the last.



        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Also when dragging a button from the right, using the right mouse button to combine it to a group, the button is added not as the last button of the group but the one before the last. Seems it should be added as the last button, then only if dragged further to the left it should become the one before the last.

          Its position depends on the mouse cursor position. I’ve just checked, and the behavior seems quite logical to me.
          The item ends up exactly where the mouse cursor is.

  23. RetiredEngineer says:

    I run W7x64 with Classic Shell. I had to uninstall 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.5 because “Pinned items > Remove extra gap between items” was not working correctly (or at all) — i.e. my Pinned Site Shortcuts did not respond to right-clicks of my Razer Death Adder mouse (using only W7 native mouse driver).

    I would be happy to make a $-Contribution if a fix for this could be posted.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I need more details in order to reproduce the issue.
      Does the issue only exist when Classic Shell is running?
      Does it work correctly with “Remove extra gap between items” turned off?
      Did you use other options of the tweaker?

      • RetiredEngineer says:

        Hi RaMMicHaeL,

        I owe you an apology, and a modest shareware contribution, for not being aware of everything I can toggle on your user interface. Turns out I had “Open with double click” ticked, and this turns off “open with single click”.

        By way of a completeness suggestion, I think you should have a “Restore Defaults” check-box, so that users with issues can more easily start from scratch again (as opposed to uninstall/reinstall to restore defaults).

        • RaMMicHaeL says:


          I owe you an apology, and a modest shareware contribution

          Thank you! And no need to apologize :)

          I think you should have a “Restore Defaults” check-box

          I’ll consider it. The problem is, where do I put this checkbox?

          • RetiredEngineer says:

            Hi again RaMMicHaeL,

            I should have said “Restore Defaults *Button*” instead of check-box. There are a group of buttons at the bottom right of the 7TT main window. I think this would be a good place to put it in with the other buttons.

  24. alex says:

    I noticed that when internet explorer is added to a groupe it is note visible in the thumnail list (not as thumbnail but as list).

  25. Cad Delworth says:

    RaMMichael: you are a superstar of code, sir! 7+TT has FINALLY removed the last of the annoyances caused by my enforced and unwanted migration from XP to Win7 (those infuriating ‘flyouts’ when hovering over a Taskbar item).

    And for anyone like me who wants Win7 to be as much like XP as possible, yes 7+TT does play 100% nicely with Classic Shell and Classic IE.

  26. Paul says:

    Is there a way to export/import my settings? I’ve been using 7 Taskbar Tweaker for 3+ years, and am switching to a new PC. I’d really like to be able to quickly set up 7TT so that the new PC works the same for me.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      There’s no official way, but you can just export the settings from the registry.
      Click on Win+R, and run the following command:

      REG EXPORT "HKCU\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker" %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\7tt_backup.reg

      A file named 7tt_backup.reg will be created on your desktop.
      Merge it on the new PC, and the tweaker should use the same options.

      Note: to avoid conflicts with the new installation, open the reg file with notepad, and remove the line that contains “install_dir”.

  27. alex says:


    How to move a taskbar button to its own new group?



  28. Leo Lee says:

    Hi there. I’ve used your software and everything works fine – except the “disable topmost” function in advanced settings. The other options were nice tweaks, but the main reason I downloaded this was to disable the topmost function of my taskbar. Minimized windows can be dragged over it, but maximized windows – how I keep them 99% of the time – are ignored. For instance, a maximized chrome window will still show the taskbar in front of it. I am using a fully invisible taskbar with only centered icons, but it is not a program incompatibility, as I’ve already checked this function with normal settings. So with maximized windows, at the bottom there is an annoying, large strip of “invisible” taskbar that is actually a strip of my desktop background. Can you help me? Thanks

    • Leo Lee says:

      oops forgot to tell you – I am running windows 7

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Leo,

      The behavior that you’re describing isn’t supported by 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. It only allows the taskbar to be non-topmost, making it possible to move non-maximized windows above it.
      Currently, the only solution is to make the taskbar auto-hide.

      • Shelly Nichols says:

        RaMMicHaeL, I experience what may be a bug with the “disable topmost” feature which may be related to the initial post in Leo Lee’s thread — but it happens with maximized windows. Sometimes, the taskbar will appear above a maximized window (e.g., Mozilla Thunderbird) until I click on the title bar of the maximized window; then, once I have made a single click on the title bar, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker will make the taskbar non-topmost for that maximized window. This does not happen all the time, but I have not been able to detect a general pattern re when it does happen. It usually affects only one maximized window, regardless of how many maximized windows might be open. Is that related to what Leo Lee experiences? [Win8.1 32-bit]

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          As far as I understand both issues, they’re not related, and I don’t think that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker has something to do with the one you reported. The tweaker just removes the topmost style flag from the taskbar, and prevents Windows from setting it again.
          If you find a way to reproduce your issue, please tell me, and I’ll try to look at it.

          • Leo Lee says:

            Thanks for your reply! I’ve fixed the problem today. No worries. The solution was to uninstall the windows 7 update KB2515325, and to correctly install disabletaskbar on top application. The link is http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/54842-taskbar-always-top-disable-enable.html

            It works perfectly, and I hope that this solution helps another person too. Thanks again rammichael, your tool is still a very great addition to have.

          • Shelly Nichols says:

            RaMMicHaeL, thanks for your reply. I am “reproducing” that issue now, in that by moving the mouse pointer to the taskbar edge of the screen the taskbar shows on top of all maximized Win8.1 windows (in this case, Firefox, Thunderbird and File Explorer). What I cannot tell you is “why” or “when” that happens, as throughout the previous Windows session the “disable_topmost” feature of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker worked as expected. …… However, during my typing of this reply the “disable_topmost” feature has started to work as expected, and I am not aware of anything that has changed to cause that to happen. My experience is that once the “disable_topmost” feature starts working during a Windows session, it stays working — but it can take some time before it starts working. I’ve tried resetting the data for that feature to “0″ and then back to “1″ but that has not made any difference. The only thing that sometimes helps is the aforementioned idea of clicking on the title bar of the maximized window, but that did not help in the present case — i.e., after clicking on their title bars, the taskbar still kept showing on top of the three maximized windows.

  29. deepdaiver says:

    dear RaMMicHaeL, can you comment on one idea for your program? Whether realization of such option is possible: “Thumbnail only if two or more”. It means that thumbnail appears only when is opened two and more documents, two and more explorer windows, two and more copies of any program. If the window only one, for example the browser the Opera, Aimp, Regedit, thumbnail doesn’t appear. It will allow to get rid of annoying thumbnails there where they aren’t necessary and not to be distracted by them.

  30. Colin Nam says:

    Thank you for this great program. I have installed 7TT a couple of days ago, but today I noticed that the 7TT icon itself (in the list of icons I have ‘stickied’ in my Tool Bar) has reverted into that ‘standard’ Microsoft icon that appears when (for example) you save a Word document with the “.doc” suffix missing at the end. The program still works fine, but the old 7TT icon is now missing. Any hints ? Thanks.

  31. Alicia says:

    nevermind, i don’t need to upload for mirroring, i go here instead

  32. Bala says:

    Cannot just stop downloading it and use it.

    Definitely have to Thank You for this tool. I’m more than satisfied person with this taskbar tweaks.


  33. old user says:


    I haven’t tried a new version out in while. There’s a lot of great new features. I use the taskbar in vertical mode and I always wanted an easy way to use the small icons with a thin vertical taskbar. You finally made that possible.

    Also, the tray_icons_padding is really great because it can be used to center the tray icons at any width.

    I have a request connected to the tray_icon_padding:

    I enable the old QuickLaunch Toolbar mostly so the Recycle Bin can be used on the taskbar with a proper right-click “Empty Recycle Bin”. I drag the Quick Launch/Recycle bin toolbar down the vertical taskbar to the bottom so that it is next to the other tray icons.

    My request is for there to be a way to make the Quick Launch icons line up with the Tray Icons. I think there needs some kind of padding for toolbars for this to happen. Also, the first icon may need different padding than between the icons to really make them line up with more than one quick launch icon per row.

    Please try the Quick Launch toolbar with a vertical taskbar and maybe you’ll see what I mean about making all the icons line up and be centered with the tray icons at various widths. It would actually be really nice if all the Tray Icons and Quick Launch Icons just stayed centered all the time in the vertical taskbar automatically.

    Thanks for the continued updates over the years. Wonderful program.

  34. jd says:

    Thank you ever so much for disable topmost! You’ll never know how annoying I find the lack of a way to disable always on top in 7 and 8, almost as annoying as autohide.

    • jd says:

      Whoops, looks like it’s not quite 100% what I’d like, maximized windows still aren’t going over the taskbar. Any way that could be implemented (or maybe there’s already a way I don’t realize)? #&@!%ing microsoft, have to make everything so annoying on upgrading…

  35. Gordon says:

    I recently got a new laptop at work. My old and new laptops both run Windows 7 Professional x64 and are fully patched. On the old laptop, when I left-click-and-hold a taskbar icon, drag up to open the jump list, then let go of the left mouse button while over one of the jump list items, it does NOT launch the jump list item (I must left click again to open the jump list item). But for some strange reason, on the new laptop, when I left-click-and-hold a taskbar icon, drag up, then let go of the left mouse button while over one of the jump list items, it launches it (I don’t have to left click again). I don’t like this as I’m used to having to do an extra click. (My desktop PC at home also works that way). I was wondering if you knew of a registry setting, or if you can hack that into your app somehow?

  36. Scoox says:

    I don’t know if this would be very hard to implement but I use a third-party task manager called Process Hacker and it would be great to be able to launch it by double-clicking on the empty space of the taskbar, in other words, an option to run a command. Greetings from China :)

  37. Ivan Hall says:

    Dear RaMMicHaeL,
    I have been searching for a reliable “Taskbar Not On Top” since updating to Win7 earlier this year. With Tweaker, my cup runneth over! Thank you!
    I note from post above that you had not intended “not on top” to allow the maximisation of windows to cover the taskbar (unless you also hid it). This, full maximisation, is a valuable feature, especially with smaller screens, where the plague of unintended taskbar pop up is an absolute pain.
    Could you consider allowing “maximise to full screen” as an option with “Taskbar not on top”, please?
    best regards,

  38. V@no says:


    I’m willing to donate $50 and more for a tweak that would reverse taskbar when it’s in vertical mode (on left or right side of the screen instead of the bottom by default), so the start menu showed at the bottom and tray was on top.

    Thank you.

  39. mn3250 says:

    Am using 7-taskbar-tweaker for a long time and thank you for this great software.
    Is it going to support multiple screens in future? It would be great if a program opens automaticaly in the second screen and taskbar if it is opened from the second screen shortcuts without having to drag the program window after it opens.
    Again I thank you.

  40. Ivan says:

    Ultramon multiple monitor manger has a smart taskbar function that allows you to put a taskbar on every monitor with either local or total window/program control.

    One’s enough for me, especially if I can maximise windows over it 95/98/2000/XP style.

  41. V@no says:

    In Windows 7 when explorer is pinned and enabled “Restore previous folder windows at logon” (in folders settings), the position of explorer on taskbar can change from first to last and vise versa after each reboot. Would be nice if 7+ would restore order of all pinned programs on startup.

    Thank you.

  42. StormSeeker says:

    Nice to meet you

    It’s been years since I started looking for a functionality that no program seems to have. I used to use TASKIX while using Windows XP, but now, with Windows 7 no one is able to offer it. I think this implementation is very easy for you guys and it would improve the experience of users like me with no effort.


    This will help a lot having a sense on “where you are” without having to take a look at what button is activated on the taskbar.

    Please help me!

    Tank you very much in advance and best regards

  43. Stamimail says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,
    Currently while I’m hovering above live preview window I can see in background the window related.
    Do you know an option to enable this real window preview while hovering taskbar buttons?

  44. CannotThinkOfAnythingClever says:

    Why do you choose not to publish your source code?

  45. Javan Miller says:

    Would you consider somehow making this work for displayfusion’s taskbar as well? My desire is to be able to scroll with the mouse on any of the three monitors i have and control the volume. Two of my monitors use DisplayFusion taskbars instead of windows, that way i have the system tray and start button … its just a thought.

  46. jd says:

    Sorry if I come off like a nag, but still having a problem with disable_topmost. Even set to 2, after coming back from sleep (via closing the lid and with a password required), it reverts to the behavior it has when set to 1. Only logging out and back in seems to make 2′s function return.

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