As some of you might have noticed, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.2 was released about a week ago. The main feature of the new tweaker version is the support for the new Windows 10 update, known as the Anniversary Update, which was released on August 2. Apart from the support for the new update, v5.2 brought some new features. Below are some of them.
Windows 10 virtual desktops and the order of taskbar items
Have you ever experienced the following taskbar ordering issue in Windows 10?
I encounter it once in a while, and I wanted to have a fix for it for a long time now. Finally, the virtual_desktop_order_fix advanced option of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.2 fixes this issue and preservers the order of the taskbar items when switching between virtual desktops.
Windows 10 notification area and the spacing between icons
7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.4.2, released in December 2013, introduced the tray_icons_padding advanced option. Unfortunately, with the release of Windows 10, the notification area has undergone some changes, and the tweaker couldn’t use the same tricks for implementing the option.
7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.2 restores this option for Windows 10 by using a different implementation. Even though it’s less flexible (e.g. you cannot reduce the spacing below a fixed minimum), it allows to control the spacing size similarly to the way it worked on pre-Windows 10 systems.
More Mouse Button Control advanced options
7+ Taskbar Tweaker v4.4.2 adds the following Mouse Button Control options:
volumeicon – allows to customize actions for volume tray icon click.
showdesktop – allows to customize actions for the Show Desktop button.
That means that you have even more flexibility in customizing mouse button hotkeys. For example, you can now define a custom action for middle clicking on the Show Desktop button.
A note about the taskbar clock in Windows 10 Anniversary Update
The internal implementation of the taskbar clock was changed in Windows 10 Anniversary Update, probably to aid in implementing the taskbar clock on all monitors novelty. This had the following consequences:
The Display seconds on the tray clock option had to be re-implemented. That wasn’t very difficult, as it appears that the new taskbar clock implementation supports this feature out of the box. All is needed is to set the registry value ShowSecondsInSystemClock to 1 (DWORD) in the following branch:
The tweaker doesn’t modify the system registry, but it uses the existing functionality instead of rolling out its own, as it was for older Windows versions.
- The tray_clock_fix_width advanced option is not relevant anymore – the issue was fixed.