7+ Taskbar Numberer: taskbar numbers for Utter Command

Speech recognition

This utility has been designed for speech recognition users who use voice macros to switch between open applications and tray icons. It works on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating systems, both 32-bit and 64-bit.

For example, speech recognition users that use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional with the third-party provided Utter Command add-on can switch to the third application shown in the taskbar by using the command “Window 3”, or can right-click on the third visible tray icon by using the command “Tray 3”. When there are many open applications, or when the user has a significant amount of tray icons, it can become quite cumbersome to count by hand the number of icons in order to identify the sequence of the intended application or tray icon.

“7+ Taskbar Numberer” solves this problem by numbering sequentially, left to right:
– the icons for the open and close-but-pinned windows applications.
– all the visible tray icons.

and then placing tiny visible numbers (a.k.a. “hints”) in the top left corner of the application icons, and in the top right corner of the tray icons. The numbering scheme supports more than one digit, so that the hint for the 12th application is “12”.

While this utility has been tested with the Utter Command user interface, it will work with any other voice macros that select open applications or tray icons by rotating with them sequentially from left to right.

The utility adjusts dynamically as new applications or tray icons are added, and also works when the user has chosen to make just a subset of the tray icons visible.

This above “Speech recognition” section wasn’t written by me. The author wished to remain anonymous.

Win+# keyboard shortcuts

You can use the Windows key+number keyboard shortcut to refer to a taskbar item.

Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key microsoft_win+number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Source: Microsoft.

7+ Taskbar Numberer adds numbers to your taskbar items, so you can see right away what keyboard shortcut is assigned to each item.
Optionally, the numbers can appear only when the Windows key is down.

Number of combined buttons

7+ Taskbar Numberer adds numbers to your combined items on the taskbar, similarly to the way Windows XP did:

Optionally, you can use this option, but show Win+# keyboard shortcuts when the Windows key is down.


To launch this utility automatically when Windows launches and without showing the dialog, add a shortcut in your startup folder pointing to the location where you have placed the utility, followed by the -hidewnd command line switch, similar to:

"C:\Software\7+ Taskbar Numberer\64\7+ Taskbar Numberer.exe" -hidewnd

You might also want to add the -hidetray command line switch to hide the tray icon.

To use a specific option from the GUI, use the corresponding command line switch:
-v1, -v2, -v3, -v4, or -v5.

To exit from this utility, right-click the tray icon.


zip 7plus Taskbar Numberer.zip (197.11 kB)

Source code


Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at July 22nd, 2012.

332 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Numberer: taskbar numbers for Utter Command”

  1. Tom says:

    Like others have said, it would be nice to have some basic settings for size and appearance of the badges. But other than that, awesome tool!

  2. Wojtek says:

    Doesn’t work.

    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview
    version 2004
    Installed: 15.03.2020
    OS bulid 19577.1000
    Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.5101.0.0

    Error something like that IDS_INJERROR_X3

  3. Wojtek says:


  4. Tom says:

    Sweet, thanks so much! With the Windows 10 light theme, the numbers appear white on white and aren’t readable. I fixed it by switching to the dark theme. OK for me as I don’t care much about light or dark.

  5. Tom says:

    Hi Michael,

    You said elsewhere that “In “Win+# hotkeys” mode, the numbers are deliberately displayed on the main monitor only, since the hotkeys only affect the main monitor taskbar.”

    In my setup (and I believe it is the default?) the taskbar is the same on all monitors, so it would be nice to have the Win+Hotkeys monde support multiple monitors for that case too. For now I am using speech recognition mode for this purpose.

  6. Tom says:

    Fantastic. I am impressed by your responsiveness! I post a feature request one evening, and the next morning I see it implemented. 🙂

  7. Anon says:


    Could you indicate what are the purpose of each of the config values: [tray_border] [tray_background]…?

    I tried playing with each one of them in order to make the number appear next to the icons, but with no luck.


  8. Bruce Houghtaling says:

    Just installed (I think) 7+, but I have no idea how to use it. All I see is a box with 5 options, a button for About and one for Close. How do I get the program to add the numbers to the icons? Please don’t tell me I have to be a programmer to install this. Not comfortable with messing with the registry. The section on usage appears to be written for power users, which I am not. I just want to number the icons to use the Win key shortcuts.

  9. Aquila says:

    The newest Windows update (https://support.microsoft.com/nl-nl/help/4566782/windows-10-update-kb4566782) seems to have broken the 7+ Taskbar Numberer. I’d be very grateful if it could be updated again :-). Thanks!

  10. Tom says:

    Yep, broken under newest update. :/

    Thanks for all your work Michael.

  11. Dinesh Sharma says:

    Thank you very much for this great tool !!

  12. Darren de Lima says:

    I love this tool, and I love Taskbar Tweaker. Don’t suppose there’s any chance you could merge the features from Taskbar Numberer into Tweaker?

    Many thanks!

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