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 (1.5 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.6.2

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.5 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.6.2.3
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)

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 (753.85 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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4,657 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. zakius says:

    Hello, are you working on update to support 1903?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      No, not yet. Is there an insider build which breaks compatibility with 7+ Taskbar Tweaker? Last time I tried, the tweaker was compatible with the latest insider build.

      • zakius says:

        to be honest I don’t know, haven’t been really using insider builds this time, all I am aware of is there are major changes in undocumented kernel features that can lead even to BSOD, though that mostly affects anticheat software

        I asked mostly because since I first installed 7+TT it always broke on windows upgrade

  2. LexCee says:

    Mr.Ram,

    My system is ‘Win7 64bit on a Dell Inspiron 660 Tower.’
    Am using ‘7+TaskbarTweaker’ v5.6.2 using mostly standard setups. Have been having issues with this version of at irregular intervals having issues with starting of my web browser (Mozilla FireFox latest versions) not starting within rite clicking upon the icon and selecting their ‘New private Window’ nothing happens, not all of the time. I use the “Hibernate” feature most often, then again, some times even using the ‘Shut down’ gives issues such as this.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Why do you think that it’s caused by 7+ Taskbar Tweaker? Have you tried using your computer without the tweaker running? Is the issue gone when the tweaker is not running? If so, please try to turn off your options one by one and try to find out which option causes the issue.

      • LexCee says:

        Mr.Ram,

        I am not a programmer nor trained user for in-depth work, self-taught as I have been using Computers for a rather lengthy time, about 1974 on a Data General 64bit Main Frame 19″ cabinet type used for troubleshooting printed circuit boars for DOD. Before there were monitors and keyboards using an old TTY for input and output. Just needed a suggestion of where to start for troubleshooting.

        With your Expertise in creating this software is the very BEST place to start asking questions. I thank you for this, have been using since about the time you first created “7 + Task Tweaker” cannot remember exactly when. This IS the very BEST for keeping a clean clear TASK BAR as we wish, a very large THANK YOU for this.

        At this time my main concern is SURVIVAL and will make a donation when it gets better, I am retired with a ‘fixed income’ from DOD (Department of Defense) and with the last administration we had attempting to destroy our country of U.S.A. it has been difficult, slowly they are doing some improvements.

        With the Love Light shinning upon you . . .
        TIA, CU L8R, ‘e’ “LoneWanderer”
        “Adults are obsolete children.” Dr. Seuss

    • Jed says:

      Is it about lags that force you to restart your device?
      I have the same issues recently. My PC worked fine for a week once I turned off 7+. 30 minutes with 7+ running and I already got massive lags that forced me to restart the system.

      Any idea how to fix it?
      Or how can I revert back to the previous version of 7+TaskbarTweaker?

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        Unfortunately the information you provided is not enough for me to be able to help or understand what the issue can be.

        See my reply to LexCee above. You can also try looking at Task Manager when your PC lags, and try to find out which process takes a large amount of resources. Perhaps that will give a clue on what’s going on.

        I doubt that downgrading will help, but you can get previous versions of the tweaker here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mcbychsh0xc1dvu/8-Lj2sg3NP

  3. Come says:

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for this feature, i’m using it everyday and I love it !

  4. LexCee says:

    Mr.Ram,
    If I may also post here, ‘have been using your software ‘7 + Task Tweaker’ for over 15 years along with “UnChecky” & am very pleased with it and the performance. WORKS GREAT with little issues, if there are any they are corrected very quickly. THANK YOU ! ! !

    With the Love Light shinning upon you . . .
    TIA, CU L8R, ‘e’ “LoneWanderer”
    “Adults are obsolete children.” Dr. Seuss

  5. tour says:

    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.

  6. WINMOD says:

    Hello.

    Why is VirusTotal flagging this with 9 bloody viruses?

    https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2c51f3e15b6754ad567bb351822fa4fd70c974cbb2c8eefcce61157c099bc678/analysis/1551485507/

    Never seen anything like that in my whole life, but checking programs like AeroGlass has 0 flags.

    Can we see the source code for this program? Cant you just take all this malware out and sell the program instead? Noway this is legit.

  7. Josh says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,

    Just letting you know there’s a new build (1903/18362.53) on the Release Preview insider branch for Windows 10, so I imagine 1903 will be released fairly soon as a result.

    When running 5.6.2.2 on 1903, the Tweaker initially hooks into the taskbar (after unsupported build warning, after acceptance the seconds become visible on the clock briefly) and then crashes nearly immediately after.

    Let me know if I can assist you with making it compatible with 1903 (providing Windows dlls/exes, stacktraces, poking memory, trying bleeding edge builds etc).

    Many thanks for your efforts in making and supporting this tool!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Josh,

      I tried 18362.30 (haven’t found 18362.53), and looks like it loads and most options work. Can you check whether the twekaer loads properly with all of the options off? (you can use a portable version to keep your settings)
      If it loads, can you try to find out which option causes explorer to crash?

      • IanM says:

        I’ve just installed Windows 10 v1903 Preview (Build 18362.53) running 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v 5.6.2.

        Just to let you know that the ‘large Icons’ and ‘remove extra gap between Taskbar pinned items’ (these are the only options I use) functions are working OK after flagging ‘Windows Insider Version.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi again,

      I started working on it. For now, it seems like the tweaker is mostly compatible with Windows 10 version 1903, except for the following options:
      “Hide the Start button”, and the advanced options virtual_desktop_order_fix and disable_tray_icons_drag.

      virtual_desktop_order_fix is more probable to cause a crash, so if you have it enabled, you can disable it for now until a new version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is available.

  8. Noel says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I am getting a “Could not load library (5)” error on Win 10 18875. If I can provide any other useful information let me know.

  9. Marc says:

    I’m running final 1903 and 7++ asks me if I want to run it. For now it looks good

    • Marc says:

      I have to say, it doesn’t work.
      I can do everything and it looks good, but I have some hard crashes when running 7++.
      Also my Firefox hangs when I open my old session.
      It opens 6 or 7 windows and one of them hangs, I can kill FF, but one process remains and cannot be killed. The process even survives a logoff/logon. Very strange.
      I have to reboot but FF will not start. With a new session I have the same problem when I open more windows.
      Windows 1903 is running rock solid without 7++ :(.
      I’m waiting for an update.

      Btw. I disabled the warning about an unsupported version of windows. How can I enable that warning again?

      • Marc says:

        Also without 7tt, FF crashes. It looks more like a Windows Problem to me. 🙁

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Makes sense that the Firefox issue is not related to 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.

          Btw. I disabled the warning about an unsupported version of windows. How can I enable that warning again?

          You can remove the nounsupportedwarning value in the registry at:
          HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker

          Note that the message will appear for a new Windows 10 update regardless.

  10. Sam says:

    Hey! I’m on Win 10 17134.706, and I’ve been getting a “Could not load library (107)” error since I updated. Anything I can do about this?
    Great tool, cheers.

  11. Tomas says:

    How can I move a windows to a next or previous row of windows in the task bar? Can it be done?

  12. Augustin says:

    I have installed the program in Windows 10 but it does not group multi instance of the same application. What should I do?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      What do you mean? Grouping is a windows feature which 7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows to disable. Perhaps you mean something else. Can you provide a screenshot to show what you mean?

  13. slip says:

    can not close the taskbar button for TT without losing the combine and hover feature. minimizing doesnt work either as have to close the program…. please advise

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Just closing the window should’t deactivate the features/tweaks – the tweaker should remain in the notification (tray) area. Make sure you’re closing the window, and not exiting via the tray icon menu.

  14. Hal says:

    Hi, just wanted to check in about whether or not there’s an update coming. I just updated Windows and now Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t work anymore (I assume for that reason)– hoping there’ll be an update soon.

    Great app, thanks for it!

  15. Abdullah says:

    Hey. 1st of all. Thanks for such a nice tool.
    In my pc it works great. but on VPS. I’m facing some issue. I can’t restart the VPS. How can I remove the injected dll? without restarting?

  16. Mike says:

    Can i extend my Win7 Taskbar to multiple monitors with your software?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      No, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t provide such an option. There are other third party programs that do that by implementing a secondary taskbar, but 7+ Taskbar Tweaker isn’t able to customize those secondary taskbars.

  17. Charles says:

    Hi,

    Just upgraded to windows 10 1809 17763.475. In this windows version, if I run both firefox and chrome, and move some of the chrome windows to another virtual desktop, switching from that desktop to desktop 0 (where firefox and chrome is visible), will put chrome before firefox. Even if I drag the firefox windows before chrome, the order is always reset again when switching desktop.

    This does not happen when switching from another virtual desktop where there is no chrome window in it.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Charles,

      I couldn’t reproduce it in 17763.437. Do you think it specific to 17763.475? Is it about Firefox or Chrome, or are both required for the issue to happen? Does it work properly for all other apps? Asking just in case: you have the virtual_desktop_order_fix advanced option enabled, right?

      • Charles says:

        Hi,

        I don’t know if it is specific to 17763.475, I was using 1803 just before upgrading to 1809 and never encountered this kind of behavior before.

        I have virtual_desktop_order_fix enabled.

        Chrome and firefox are basically the only multi window app that I use so I cannot comment on other application.

        Here are the steps I do to produce this behavior
        (1) desktop 0: run firefox, open several windows
        (2) desktop 0: run chrome, open several windows, now the chrome windows position are after the firefox windows
        (3) desktop 0: move some chrome windows to desktop 2
        (4) switch to desktop 1 where there is no chrome or firefox window, then switch to desktop 0: the taskbar order is correct
        (5) switch to desktop 2 where there is some chrome windows, then switch to desktop 0: now the chrome windows are positioned before the firefox windows

        • Charles says:

          I just tried to disable virtual_desktop_order_fix and actually have the same result with the option enabled. Maybe the option is not compatible with this windows version?

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Chrome and firefox are basically the only multi window app that I use

          You can use many other built in apps such as Notepad, Wordpad, Explorer, mspaint, etc.

          I tried your steps on build 17763.475, but couldn’t reproduce the issue. Can you perhaps upload a video recording? Maybe I misunderstood one of the steps.

          You can verify that the virtual_desktop_order_fix option has an effect with a much simpler test like in the video here.

  18. Ekaterina says:

    Good day,
    I would like to enquire about software “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”. We are going to use the SW in commercial purpose. Please let me know where I can read Licensing agreement for using 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.

    Thank you in advance and looking forward to your reply.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Ekaterina,

      I don’t have a licensing agreement for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. All I can say that it’s a free/donationware program, and you can freely use it for commercial purposes. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

  19. Charles says:

    Hi,

    I have just restarted Windows and still experience the problem, but I have narrowed it a bit. Actually I have two chrome running with different profiles. It seems after switching desktop, the 2nd chrome is sticking to the first chrome.

    Here is an example layout

    Desktop 0: A|FFFFFF|BBBBB
    Desktop 1: A|B

    A is chrome window with profile 1
    F is firefox window
    B is chrome window using profile 2

    A & B have different AppID, but same chrome executable running as different processes.

    If I switch between to desktop 1 and open a new chrome window (new B) and then switch to desktop 0, then the layout will become

    Desktop 0: A|BBBBB|FFFFFF
    Desktop 1: A|BB

    Note that the layout change when I open a new window.

    I don’t seems to experience the problem if I only run a single instance of chrome.

    Do you by any change store the taskbar order using the process exe path rather than the appid?

    • Charles says:

      Sorry, was replying to the above thread, but forget to fill the name & email fields. Resubmitted the form but it does not appears as a reply.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Charles,

      I looked it, and was able to reproduce it. Unfortunately, understanding why it doesn’t work properly will require more investigation than I hoped to invest. So for now it will remain a mystery. I might get back to it one rainy day in the future.

      Do you by any change store the taskbar order using the process exe path rather than the appid?

      No. The virtual_desktop_order_fix option is conceptually quite simple. Explorer maintains an array of all “tasks”, every task can either be shown or not be shown on the current virtual desktop. When a new task is added (e.g. you launch a program), its value is added to the end of the array. The order within the array never changes by explorer.

      When a virtual desktop changes, explorer goes over the array and shows/hides every task according to the virtual desktop it belongs to, etc.

      The virtual_desktop_order_fix option tries to change the order of this array according to the reordering actions on the taskbar. That way, explorer iterates over the array in the expected order, and the order is maintained between virtual desktop switches.

      For some reason, it doesn’t work properly with the case of multiple Chrome profiles. I’ve checked, and the array is being properly reordered, so it must be something else.

      • Charles says:

        Hi,

        Thanks for looking into it. You said that new item are added to the end of the list, but how about grouped items?

        Also how do I inspect the task list? Is it exposed from the COM interface or should I hook into any explorer method?

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          but how about grouped items?

          The array has no notion of groups. Several tasks in the array can be part of the same group.

          Also how do I inspect the task list?

          I’m not sure about a COM interface. If you’re into researching this, you can look at the CApplicationViewManager::GetViews function which can be found in twinui.pcshell.dll. The function iterates over the array, so you can get its address by debugging it.

  20. SC says:

    Hi,
    many thanks for your software!

    Feature request:
    It would be great to add under “other taskbar options – mouse wheel” the option:
    [ ] Scroll the taskbar on empty space

    Background: If there are many taskbar buttons, the taskbar shows a scrollbar. Unfornately to scroll it’s very annoying everytime to point and click directry to this thin scrollbar to show the needed buttons.
    Especially useful with a vertical task bar on wide screens.

    I would be glad about a short comment, thx! Steffen

  21. Janus says:

    Hello, the first thing I want to do is thank you for a wonderful piece of software.

    I use it in combination with Classic/Open shell on a win7 machine to duplicate as much as possible the Win2k/XP desktop UI.
    The garbage they forced on users while removing one that just worked is unusable to me, and why I had put off moving to Win7 until last year.

    I recently had to a complete reinstall after VS2017 trashed my setup.
    I updated both Open/Classic shell and 7+taskbar tweaker to the latest, something I had been putting off, but the reinstall made relevant.
    I have removed all pinned programs, and disabled the pin extension.
    I also recreated the quicklaunch after setting all themes/options to classic, as Win2K like as I can get.

    Now I am having a problem I have not seen before, and was not present before.
    When I close a program or minimize one, nothing gets focus.
    It doesn’t do this all the time, but it is frequent.
    The minimized icon stays depressed, or the closed one is gone, yet nothing takes input until I click on another running program, or the desktop.

    I am unsure where to even start looking.
    Could this be a conflict between Open/Classic shell, and 7+ taskbar tweaker?

    Janus.

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