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.

P.S.

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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2,138 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.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      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.

      Please read the FAQ above.

  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 4.5.0.4 (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

    Alexandre

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      No, the tweaker doesn’t provide such feature.

      • alex says:

        Hi,

        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.

        Thanks,

        Alexandre

        • 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:

          Hi,

          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:

    Hi,

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

    Thanks

    Alexandre

  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.

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