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Posted at June 17th, 2010.

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  1. Thanks for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and in particular the w10_large_icons feature, which I found at http://www.tenforums.com/general-discussion/10367-make-taskbar-icons-bigger-2.html while searching for a solution for the Win 10 small taskbar icon annoyance.

    • Tim W says:

      Loved the win 10 Large taskbar Icons feature! Unfortunately, they won’t let me use it at work because it triggered Symantec Endpoint intrusion detection and has two Trojan hits on VirusTotal

  2. Valentin says:

    Hello RaMMicHaeL,
    I use your Taskbar Tweaker 7+ program under Windows 7 (very handy thank you), and I wanted to know if it were possible to add the “decombine via left-click on the group, not only via on mouse hover.

    thanks good
    And sorry for translation

  3. Randy says:

    Hi Ram,
    Could 7+ have a feature to minimize on Windows startup? Currently running Windows 10, and I have to minimize it every time Windows is restarted.

    Otherwise, totally solid man. Just donated $10.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Randy,

      Thanks for the donation!

      7+ Taskbar Tweaker should start minimized to tray by default. Perhaps you have more than one entry for it in the autorun list. You can check this in task manager, the startup tab.

  4. Eli says:

    A couple of weeks ago I sent a comment to you using the hidden, disposable email address submitted above. You responded promptly, for which I thank you.

    However, today I received a phishing email at that same email address (the old ‘your PayPal account is limited’ scam).

    So I suspect that your website has been compromised.

    If you want to know more about this, contact me offline via that disposable email address.

    • FF says:

      I’m just browsing around, and I wanted to point out that anyone can send an email from any email address. I can send an email to you with the “From” field set to “Steve Jobs steven.jobs@apple.com“, while having had no access to any such email address, nor the Apple smtp server, nor ever having had any interaction with Jobs, Apple or anything else. The SMTP protocol is very versatile and you can do pretty much anything you want with it. I wouldn’t be worried about compromised machines just as a result of a rogue email from a trusted email address.

  5. Setr223 says:

    It would be great if there was an option in Taskbar Tweaker 7+ to reduce the size of font of seconds in the clock. Something like, you know, big hour, big minutes and small (eg. half height) secons.
    Seconds are useful but too much distracting now.

  6. loise says:

    Do you know any way to lock lf2 .dat

  7. tom says:

    The remove exta gap between items option works fine while in horizontal mode. I only use the taskbar in vertical mode. There is a bit of space on each side of the items that cannot be reduced. Can you reduce it somehow while in vertical mode?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      The trick which 7+ Taskbar Tweaker uses to reduce the gap doesn’t work with the vertical taskbar mode.
      As of now, I don’t plan to search for a more universal solution.

  8. Cody says:

    In regards to the w10_large_icons feature: Is there any way I can make your software load before the desktop appears?

    I realize this is something minor, but I really don’t like having to see the icons small even for a moment. They don’t become large until after your program eventually launches.

  9. hi, i’m using win7 64 bit. i want to disable tumbnail preview at taskbar on mousehover. searched google, forums etc. non of the articles helped me inculiding editing registry, system performance options, disabling aero peek, using gpedit.msc… only taskbar tweaker solved the problem. but:

    first of all i do not want to use a program to do this.

    and secondly, if you managed to do this, hiding prewiev with a program, that means there must be a solution. could you please tell me how to do this without using a program.

  10. Tim says:

    What would be really useful would be an option to have the taskbar buttons a different color to the taskbar itself, or some other way of telling the groups when you have manual grouping with vertical taskbar. see here:


  11. LafinJack says:

    You are beautiful.

  12. Chris says:


    is it maybe possible to center the taskbar icons like shown here with your tweak? (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/20602-taskbar-center-icons.html)

    I think it looks awesome and would be extremly useful for multi-screen-setups.

    Best regards,

  13. Lisa says:


    I donated so I can test your alpha versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. I haven’t received any e-mail with a download link. I checked my spam folder as well, but no e-mail. Am I missing something? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    E-mail I used: raptormoonx@sbcglobal.net

  14. SpeedXaaa says:

    Hey, I made a donation just a bit ago in order to get the alpha version, and it says I’m not in the database. Does it just take a little while to process or what?


  15. T.L. Wang says:

    Hey, I made a donation just a bit ago in order to get the alpha version, and it says I’m not in the database. Give me a hand please.

  16. Taylor Landress says:

    Dontaed a little while ago and haven’t received my download link. How long does it usually take? Thanks again for this helpful software/.

  17. Nate says:

    Hi, donated and won’t let me download. Thanks!

  18. Andre Asselin says:

    I tried using the alpha versions of taskbar tweaker with Win10 anniversary, but Win10 is detecting the download as malware (Trojan:Win32/Varpes.M!cl). Virustotal also is reporting 9/56 engines detect it as malware https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/4db925bfe1d5d8c193c49da2a7077868eeb24036b747372154c84679fdf8c279/analysis/1472670410/

    I’m sure this is a false positive…. but is there something you can do to eliminate that?



    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      The only thing I can do is contact the companies, but I don’t want to invest my time in that, since that’s an alpha version.
      As a side note, I have just released a public beta version, which seems to have less detections.

      • Andre Asselin says:

        I just tried the new beta, and Win10 does NOT detect it as malware. Not sure why the alphas are borked and the beta works… but problem solved

  19. Kuba says:

    I’ve been using Taskbar Tweaker for several years, and it has worked like a charm. Recently, both of my work PCs (a Win7 and a Win10 machine) have been giving the following error message:
    7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (1003),
    and 7TT tweaks do not work. I’ve identified the cause as a block by CylancePROTECT, which my company has recently started using. If there is a workaround, I would love to know about it. I haven’t figured out yet whether Cylance has a list or is identifying 7TT through the Windows Explorer processes it affects. Thought I would share.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Error 1003 means that the tweaker could not create a remote thread in the explorer’s process.
      I’m not familiar with CylancePROTECT. If it has a white list, try adding the tweaker. If that doesn’t work, contact the company and ask them for a solution.

      • Kuba says:

        Thanks! That helps. CP uses an AI engine to identify and prevent suspicious processes from running, and as yet I have not seen a white list, though maybe there is one hidden somewhere. I’ve reached out to the company to get more information. If I find a solution, or whatever feedback I get from the company, I’ll share here for others’ benefit.

      • Crosbie says:

        I have the same problem – I cannot use Taskbar Tweaker with CylancePROTECT, which is mandatory where I work. The behavior I see is that the Taskbar Tweaker process is killed shortly after start-up. Checking the Cylance console I see the message ‘Violation: Oop ThreadCreate’. I have not been able to find out exactly what this means, but according to our internal documentation, remote thread creation will cause a process to killed. If a CreateRemoteThread call is the problem, and if that is fundamental to how Taskbar Tweaker works, I suppose there is no solution. I can request unblocking, but I need valid business justification, and much as I love the ability to rearrange my taskbar, I doubt that is sufficient business justification for a security exception!

  20. Nehal says:


    This software is not able to run. We have trend micro running in our corporate network and my computer. It throws an error of behaviour violation. It is a fantastic utility but cannot make it run.

    Any help is welcome.

    P.s – Have communicated to trend micro just now.

  21. Vern says:

    How to I get textify to collect text ?
    Move textify over msg or what ?

  22. Sarah Gardner says:

    Got an odd sounding request for 7 taskbar tweaker.

    Could it be made to set the taskbar to auto hide on exit (and during crashes) and to disable auto-hide once it’s finished starting.

    This will be useful in conjunction with no_width_limit as it means window positions wont get screwed up if the taskbar goes back to its original width, and also startup will be a bit prettier as you wont see the taskbar resize.

  23. Wayne Steele says:

    I don’t know when it happened, but sometime after Windows did an update on my computer, 7 Taskbar Tweaker no longer works on any of my Windows 10 computers. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the program, but I still get the same results. When I right click on the taskbar I get the Windows 10 jumplist and not the one I used to get on 7TT. I’ve tried everything I know to do. It is like Microsoft is subverting your program for some reason. The only thing that does seem to work is eliminating the “Show Desktop” icon on the taskbar. I don’t know about the grouping of taskbar items because I have that turned off on the Windows 10 settings anyway.

  24. Wayne Steele says:

    I’m only using the Beta version that I downloaded from the software link on your web page. It was working fine when I initially loaded it after I changed to Windows 10 (this is on several computers), but sometime after some Windows updates it stopped functioning alltogether. Nothing that I change in 7tt works except for hiding the Show Desktop link. I’ve removed 7tt from my computer and reinstalled it and get the same result. It is like Windows has taken control of the taskbar and won’t let it go (my opinion). I don’t know if other users are having this problem or just haven’t noticed it yet. I just know it is no longer working for me.

    Personally I’ve had more than my share of problems with Windows 10. I have one of my computers set up to be a media server and every time Windows updates the Media server function is turned off. I have to go and turn it on again. Lots of things like that happen with other things too. Very frustrating.

  25. Greiner says:

    Hello Mister,

    Resource Hacker 4.25 in German Language ?

  26. Blair says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,

    Can 7TT restore the order of the items in a group after a reboot?

    This old post by someone else explains what I’m looking for:

    I added to that post, asking: “Did this feature ever get implemented?”

    Thanks, Blair

  27. Blair says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Don’t you think that would be a useful feature? I sure would like it.

    Wouldn’t that be rather simple to implement? Save item order in each group when shutting down, restore when starting up.

    Would you consider adding that as a feature?

    Thanks, Blair

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Don’t you think that would be a useful feature?

      It can be nice, but it’s probably not a feature that I personally will find very useful.

      Wouldn’t that be rather simple to implement?

      Not that simple. You need a way to identify the windows (By the window title? What if there are several folders with the name “Test”?). You also need to be able to know when the system is done initializing. When should the order be restored?
      If you’re a programmer, you can try implementing it yourself by using the 7+ Taskbar Tweaking Library.

  28. Hans Mayer says:

    Hi, i use Virtuoz is a great Piece of Software :-),

    btw. but your Site is as malicious classiefied..
    look at virustotal.com

    CRDF Malicious site
    ParetoLogic Malware site

  29. Rinaldo says:

    Thanks for this amazing piece of software.
    With the new Windows 10 creators update, it’s no longer possible to change the volume scrolling on the icon. It also displays an error when launching saying it can’t load a library.

    • Michal says:

      I just upgraded Windows 10 to Creators update, ran Taskbar Tweaker and found out it’s not compatible (window sorting does not work). Right after the start the app displays a message: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (104)”

      RaMMicHaeL, could you please update Taskbar Tweaker so it works with Creators update? I’ll donate once again. Thank you! 🙂

      I’d be grateful for any alpha release which works on Creators update.

  30. Ata says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker is really good software, but unfortunately, Creators Update crushed it.
    It says “Can’t load the library”.
    Will we get new version?
    Thank you.

  31. JohnG says:

    Any idea when the Creators Update fix will be ready?

  32. I F Mosley says:

    With the Windows 10 ‘Creators Update’ due out on 11th April 2017, when will this be available?

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