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, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Download (portable installation available)

exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.57 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.7.1

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.57 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.7.1.1
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

Source code

https://github.com/m417z/7-Taskbar-Tweaker

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 (758.62 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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4,936 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Carlos says:

    Windows Defender also identifies it as potentially harmful.

  2. JiiKoo says:

    Great and thanks! W10 1903 Build 18362.387 and 5.7.0.6 works!

  3. anna says:

    where would I find the beta for download?

  4. anna says:

    downloaded it, but windows won’t execute it even though I have told norton that it is trustworthy

  5. Quinn says:

    Your site cannot be reached using an ISP cable connection.
    Error 522.
    I can connect only by a mobile data connection.
    Hope for a fix.
    Thank you.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I know that there are issues sometimes for some geographical locations. The proper solution would probably be to switch hosting, but I’m reluctant to do it for now, since it’s time consuming to move it all. As a workaround you can use a web proxy, there are plenty of those, Google for it.

  6. Bill says:

    Hi. Version 5.7.1. On my Windows 10 home system (latest windows version), 7+ Taskbar Tweaker fails on startup: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (109). Windows Defender tried to block installation, BTW.

    On my Windows 10 work system, Symantec completely blocked installation and removed the existing files. It said “7+ taskbartweaker.exe (SONAR.ProcHijack!g45) detected by SONAR.” The tweaker no longer works on this system. Since this is a work system, I cannot bypass or subvert the antivirus software.

    Let me know if you need more info.

    Thanks,
    Bill

    • Bill says:

      Also, the beta version above also fails with the “could not load library” message.

      Regarding your comment about waiting for Symantec and presumably Windows Defender to remove the false positive, I’m unclear on the mechanism by which they would know to do this.

      I can’t contact Symantec, since it’s a work-managed installation. The first thing they would want is an account number or some such.

      Hopefully instead, this can be repaired on your side. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

      Thanks,
      Bill

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Bill,

      On my Windows 10 home system (latest windows version), 7+ Taskbar Tweaker fails on startup: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (109)

      Please try the latest beta, v5.7.1.1, and let me know whether it works. The latest Windows version build numbers are a bit of a mess, but I think I got it right this time.

      On my Windows 10 work system, Symantec completely blocked installation

      This is a false positive detection. I contacted Symantec and asked them to remove the the false detection. It usually takes a couple of days. If you’d like to revert to a previous version until the issue is resolved on Symantec’s end, you can find it here:
      https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Kz2SY2_fwH7gvBAQa3tdM63v7wTLO_E

  7. Gordon Moore says:

    The new version fails. Where can I find the previous version which worked fine?

  8. User says:

    New version fails for me too, I’m on the Slow ring, 18362.10019

  9. Roland says:

    Avast Antivirus puts the Program exe everytime it starts into Virus Container. There is nothing i can do about it. i can not trusted the Programm file. I can not delete the entry about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker either. The Entry says ” IDP.ALEXA.51″ . Whatever that means. Is it possible to change to erlier Behavior of the Tweaker? It makes me mad that i always have to reinstall und Virus Programes are deleting the Installation. In that Case its Useless…..

    Greetz Roland

  10. stine says:

    I’m running Windows 10 Enterprise version 10.0.18362 and 7tt version 5.7.1 resolves the “could not load library error.
    thanks.

  11. YASHWANT RAJ MALI says:

    why auto kill 7tt. im discuss with quick heal support to. but quick heal not kill 7tt now. but still i have face problem.. after sometime 7tt auto kill in background

  12. ROBLOXNoob246 says:

    Everytime i run the installer, it’s status changes to “Suspended”, and freezes. I’m on Windows 10. What happened?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      One reason I can think of is that your security software, such as an antivirus, interferes with the installer. A new version was just released, and unfortunately several security products falsely mark it (see FAQ).

      Try whitelisting the tweaker in your security software and see if that helps.

      • Roland says:

        The ” Freeze ” belongs to the Virus Software …same effort happens to me… just deactivate the Virus Software for few minutes…this should work then…Greetz ..Roland

  13. zoym says:

    thank you so much for the update!!!

  14. toracatman says:

    I can’t use v5.7.1!

  15. Sackey says:

    The last comment I’ve done here is 2 or 3 years ago. I just want to thank you again for your work to keep this up to date. ♥

  16. joao says:

    hi

    i dont think this is a bug, but when moves a program with the right cursor pressed “to a grouped” and the program has the icon changed in properties then default icon comes back.

    thank you

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      Your description is not very clear, but I believe you refer to this issue. Please see the discussion there.

      • joao says:

        hi

        i think isn’t related with the link you post. What I meant is: Change the icon from a shortcut, so the icon in the taskbar will also be the new when the program is opened. By moving the program with the right mouse button to group the program, the icon becomes the original one in taskbar. Even not grouping, just moving the icon with the right button.

        thank you

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          It’s related. The core of the issue is that when labels aren’t displayed, and either there’s only one item in the group, or the group is combined, the “group icon” is used instead of the actual window icon. Currently 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t provide a way to customize this behavior.

          • joao says:

            thank you for explanation and sorry the misunderstand on the link you sent.

            now I get it 🙂 again, thank you for the effort on this amazing tool.

  17. Waffles says:

    I’ve found that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker cannot update itself; it’s blocked by either Avast or Windows “Too paranoid to give the administrator full administrator rights” 10. I can’t remember which, as I haven’t bothered even trying in a while.

    Thankfully, I CAN always manually download the latest installer and install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker over the old installation.

  18. Big John says:

    Highly sexual. Must have if you use vertical toolbar in Windows 10.

  19. Radu says:

    The order of opened apps in the taskbar is no longer preserved when switching between virtual desktops. It ceased functioning some months ago, after a Windows update.

    Today I’ve installed the latest version, 5.7.1, but it still doesn’t work, also after a PC restart.

    Windows 10 Home, Version 1903, OS build 18362.418
    virtual_desktop_order_fix is set to 1

  20. Joy says:

    Excellent, pro! no_width_limit = 1 gives me a fit taskbar on the left. I wonder if I can find “no_width_limit” in the regedit or its correspondence, since that is the only feature I need for now.

  21. Aushilfsarnie says:

    Helle,

    is 7tasbartweaker switching the color of taskbar? Around start button an clock it changes the color of my taskbar…

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,
      No, the tweaker doesn’t change the color of the taskbar. In fact, any customization provided by the tweaker is opt-in, there are no forced or enabled-by-default changes (one exception is the fix_hang_reposition advanced option, but it’s a bug fix, not a customization feature). As for the color customization, it doesn’t have this functionality at all.

  22. Neal Cruco says:

    Thank you so much for continuing to support this! It stopped working after I installed the October 2019 cumulative update for Windows 10 v1903, and I got worried because this is a crucial program for me. But uninstalling and installing v5.7.1.1 beta worked fine. Again, thanks for not abandoning this!

  23. Yann says:

    Please can you do this for MacOS ?

  24. Lee says:

    In a vertical taskbar, how do i eliminate spacing between icons?

  25. Wolli D. says:

    This is the application I was looking for so long (=since MS switched these settings).

    Making W10 better usable again for me, with a single click “don’t group”. Thank you, and Kudos to Desktopmodder site where I read about your tool.

  26. riley kritz says:

    i don’t know how to download

  27. xian says:

    Does exactly what I needed (reorder grouped buttons). Volume control is a great plus.
    Thanks!

  28. wmn says:

    Cumulative Windows update October 15, 2019—KB4520062 (OS Build 17763.832)

    broke the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker…

  29. Scheigy says:

    Hey!

    Just letting you know the v5.7.1 failed for me but the beta v5.7.1.1 is working like a charm (using Windows 10).

    Thank you for the program!

  30. aubai says:

    Im Slow Ring ist Build 18362.10024 angekommen, 7+Taskbar Tweaker
    findet nun einen Programm Bibliothek Fehler und funktioniert nicht mehr.

  31. aubai says:

    Mit der neuen Slow Ring Version 18362.10024 funktioniert
    7+ Taskbar Tweaker 5.7.1.1 nicht mehr.

  32. Chris Larkin says:

    I seems that the BETA version 5.7.1.1 is no longer working with Windows 10 Home version 1903, build 18362.10024 (I am on the Windows Insider Program on the “Slow” channel) After the latest security patch update from 10/17 KB4508451. The application can no longer inject itself into Windows Explorer. Is this something that you have already been notified about, and will there soon be another BETA or major release of your 7+ Taskbar Tweaker? I love your application and the options that it lets me use for tweaking my taskbar.

  33. Silvandy says:

    Hi, I am on win10 1809 build 17763.832 (just updated). taskbar tweaker (either 5.7.1 or 5.7.1.1) do not work any more (they did before today’s upgrade).
    Message is the very common “Could not load library (5)”. Could you help? THANKS

  34. User says:

    Slow Ring Version 18362.10024, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 5.7.1.1 doesn’t just fail to load library, it crashes explorer.

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