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.


exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.76 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.12.3
Note: The installer can be used to extract a portable version. Refer to the FAQ below for details.

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.76 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.12.2.1
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

Source code



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: May 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.

Selecting the portable installation type

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.

6,162 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Quinn says:

    Is it possible that in Win10 to add the option to show standard right click menu when clicking on taskbar and the icons near the clock, and not the default black one?
    Thank you.

  2. Geoff says:

    have tried to load this and have already upgraded to latest windows 10
    it’s not working, showing error message ‘cannot access library error 107’
    can you help please

  3. Nawak says:

    Windows Defender see a trojan in the beta setup (Win32/Varpes)… Can you please look into that?

  4. Clark says:

    I’ve just been ‘Windowed’ again. After a Windows 10 update yesterday, Taskbar Tweaker now fails at startup. Worked fine before. I see this error: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (109)”.

    I searched and found that 109 means Tweaker doesn’t recognize some app on my taskbar. Well, what’s there is:
    Thunderbird, Firefox, Chrome, File Explorer, Excel, and Word. Again, it worked just fine before the update.

    I’m running Tweaker version 5.1 (which I was before the ‘update’). I’ve uninstalled/re-installed, rebooted.

    Any ideas out there??? Thx

  5. Heiko says:

    I’m using Windows 10. Windows Defender says I should remove the beta file (7tt_setup_beta.exe), because it contains the trojan “Win32/Varpes.M!cl”.

    • Heiko says:

      What’s about this? Just a heuristic problem? Has anyone else had similar experiences with other anti-virus-tools?

      Btw, I’m using Win10 Pro 64bit build 1607.


  6. Koji Hirose says:

    I downloaded 7tt_setup_beta.exe, but Windows Defender detected Trojan: Win32/Varpes.M!cl and removed the downloaded file. Could you please make a check?

    • Frank Ahorn says:

      Hello I have this trojan warning too. Is there any information what causes this? I suppose a false alarm, but in these malware contaminated times it´s better to double check such warnings…

      Greetings Frank

      • Koji Hirose says:

        I applied the latest Windows Update.
        I downloaded 7tt_setup_beta.exe again.
        It’s okay now.
        How’s that?

        • Koji Hirose says:

          I installed 7 + Taskbar Tweaker.
          Later (last night), however, Windows Defender detected Trojan: Win32/Varpes.M!cl again and removed the downloaded file (installer).
          This happened after my installation of 7 + Taskbar Tweaker. Therefore, 7 + Taskbar Tweaker is working okay.

          Is this Windows Defender’s problem?

  7. Fernando Garita Castro says:

    Muchas gracias por el beta para windows 10. Se elimino el problema.

  8. BratetsVolk says:

    Dear RaMMicHaeL, please tell me, is there a software option to when you click on combined item with the left button, minimized active window, and if the group has no active Windows, then it would open some of them? Then the superbar could work as with a classic panel. The choice between open Windows can be done via the pop-up thumbnails.

  9. Ian says:

    After updating to 5.2, left-clicking on a combined taskbar item does not open the thumbnail preview (or in my case the list of windows, since I have thumbnails disabled). Using Windows 7.

  10. Jens says:

    On all my desktops (all Windows 7), I have a hidden task bar that pops up when I move the mouse pointer to the border where the task bar is located (or where it is hidden, to be precise; which is the left side on my desktops). However, when I use an application in fullscreen mode, I often accidentally trigger the task bar to pop up while fiddling around near that border of the screen (usually the application windows have tool bars and stuff there).

    Could you add a tweak to the tweaker so that one could define a smaller trigger zone for task bar pop-ups? Thinking of something like “Position of trigger zone: [X] pixels from bottom or left border”; “Length of the trigger zone: [Z] pixels”). Ideally, that trigger zone would be visually indicated by a line or something …

    Or do you have suggestions for other software/tweaks to accomplish that?

  11. Paul Bagrie says:

    Hi, now that we have volumeicon option for Mouse Button Control could we also get this to allow us to “Open Volume Mixer” (first right click open in windows 7), or maybe to run an executable (in this case sndvol.exe)?

  12. Michael says:

    Tried to reinstall, the installer is now frozen

  13. Diego Muñoz says:

    After updating to version 5.2.1 the program doesn’t work, it closes immediately after opening.

    I have Windows 7 64 bits.

  14. Kuba says:

    You should contact Symantec, it marked the latest version as suspicous and deletes it. It also marked this website as suspicious

  15. Alfred Drobisch says:

    Just tried to update v5.2 to v5.2.1 and Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 deleted the setup file saying it would contain “UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic”. False positive most likely, but annoying…

  16. Toby Smith says:

    The newest version v5.2.1 seems to be infected with “PDM:Trojan.Win32.Bazon.a” according to Kaspersky Antivirus 2016. The previous version works fine.

  17. Steve Harris says:

    Hi there,

    I came across your excellent taskbar utility and wondered if you could answer a quick question for me…

    I’ve been using a taskbar clock replacement for years – it’s called “1st Clock” and is really good http://www.greenparrots.com/ and until the Windows 10 Anniversary update it worked fine.

    Now it seems Microsoft have changed things so there isn’t enough space for 1st Clock to fit into….

    Try it on any Windows PC that isn’t running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and see – don’t forget to make sure 1st Clock is set to “replace the taskbar clock”

    Do you think there’s any chance this can be overridden to what it used to be before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

    Regards Steve

  18. Santos Santiago Jr. says:

    Thanks for the update. It’s good to have the large icons again. I didn’t realize how much I missed this program. Keep up the great work.

    • Omar Duhaiby says:

      Hi. What are the large icons?!

      • Santos Santiago Jr. says:

        Hey, Omar. Large taskbar icons. If you’d like to enable them:

        -Right click on 7+ TT system tray icon
        -Select advanced options, scroll down to where it says “w10_large_icons”
        -Double click on the zero and change it to 1
        -Hit apply (or close) and you should be good to go

  19. Double D says:

    To the developers:

    Malware/Trojan detected by Kaspersky total security 2017 for the latest version.

    Why instead of telling the users it’s a “false positive” – just remove the offending code or put the application’s source @ github, that way we can all see if there’s malware or not.

    I wouldn’t install something Kaspersky tells its harmful.

  20. Omar Duhaiby says:

    Hey thanks for the update 5.2.1. That was a quick fix. The middle-button-close shortcut was my favorite.

  21. Tonmarkum says:

    Kaspersky marks the latest installer as a malmware:


  22. Idnarb says:

    I am having the same issue of being told it’s a trojan and having my computer uninstall it.


  23. Tib says:

    WARNING EVERYONE: Kaspersky 2016 flags the latest version (5.2.1) as a TROJAN do NOT install! Wait for the creator to investigate this situation and explain what’s going on before updating!

  24. Jacker says:

    thanks for the update i love you

  25. Kostya says:

    Kaspersky Endpoint Security detects a UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic
    virus in a 7tt_setup.exe version 5.2.1

  26. tester says:

    This website seems to have been flagged by whatever Asus uses on their routers as a malware source, it totally blocks the download of the .exe file.

    Auto update kept failing and manual download from the link above results in a junk file.

    Downloaded through proxy and scanned with MS Defender, nothing found and it installed fine, anyway here’s a VirusTotal report on the 5.2.1 installer:


  27. Yuka Bluemountain says:

    I already informed Microsoft to investigate this problem.
    I believe this is a false positive.
    May I suggest the author to check with Microsoft as well?
    Microsoft contact: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/portal/submission/submit.aspx

    • Yuka Bluemountain says:

      I got a reply from Microsoft stating that it was not malware.

      “The Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) has investigated the following file(s) which we received on 9/10/2016 5:56:58 PM Pacific Time.
      Below is the determination for your submission.

      Submission ID MMPC16091113326735

      Submitted Files
      7tt_setup.zip [Not Malware]
      +—7tt_setup.exe [Not Malware]”

      If you are worried, you should check with your anti-malware software vendor.

  28. Wil says:

    Kaspersky is stopping the update for me as well.

  29. Northern lights says:

    Kaspersky seems to have been corrected had been detected earlier.

  30. Franck says:

    Thank you so much !

  31. V@no says:

    Windows 10 Anniversary Update added new great feature: notification badges, which shows a badge on taskbar button of an application with a number of new messages/notifications, as well as on top of notifications icon at tray.
    Unfortunately these badges are automatically disabled when taskbar is set to small buttons. I could understand the reason, however the main notification icon at tray does not change it’s size at all, there is no reason for it not be able display the badge!

    It would be awesome if 7TT could find a way provide us with badges even on small buttons or at least on main notification icon.

    Thank you.

  32. Manoes says:

    Hi bro.. Thank you so much for the excellent software.. need one option.. Hide main window when it start.. I could not figure it on 5.1

    Thanks with Regards

  33. Loury says:

    Hello, this is incredible software.

    Can you please add an option for Windows 8.1: 24×24 sized icons from Win 10?

  34. Someone says:

    You, my friend, are AWESOME! I have just successfully used this on whatever version of Windows my university uses, and it safely and quickly modified the settings for grouping taskbar windows so I can use the computer more easily. Whoever you are, you ROCK!

  35. Kat says:

    Thanks, for this. It’s excellent and I’m extremely grateful that you give it for free.

    One request, if I may…? I keep my “program files” on a separate drive to my OS. Having programs install, automatically, to C:\program files rather detracts from the idea of the thing being portable, don’t you think?

    Easy enough to move things, of course. But, would it not be better if the installer asked for a destination?

    Not a complaint. Far from it. Just one of those “Eh?” things…

  36. Howard Price says:

    Since Windows 10 auto-update yesterday, on windows startup I get an error box: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (1004)”, and it seems not to be working. Suggestions?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Please make sure that you’re using the latest version of the tweaker. Also, note that insider builds of Windows 10 are not supported.
      If you’re still having issues, let me know.

  37. Kuba says:

    Could you add the feature to move the Windows 10 clock to its previous place, right to the clock there is action center icon, but why not have it to the left side of the clock like it has been since Windows 7

  38. Mathieu Belanger says:

    Hi! Your software is the best, couldn’t do without it!

    Could you add an option to do this? I display my taskbar at the top of the screen and I always use two rows, locked like that. But now, the first row is at the topmost, and the second row below it, just above the windows. The problem is that I mostly use the first row, and now I have to jump over the 2nd row quickly to reach the Play/Skip commands of Windows Media Player in the list when hovering the button (I tweaked the timings: too slow), or else, I’ll get a 2nd row button list. Could you make the 1st row the closest to the windows (like in normal bottom position) and so on (without changing the left to right order of the buttons on each row)?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:


      Sounds like a difficult feature to implement. It’s unlikely to be implemented in 7+ Taskbar Tweaker in the near future, sorry.

      • Mathieu Belanger says:

        Right. And what if you would just invert everything altogether, the order of the buttons on each row too? The first button would be on the lowest row (at the top of the screen), on the right handside, and the last one would be on the highest row, to the left.

        Thanks for your reply.

  39. Anixx says:

    Is there any possibility to make the Win10 taskbar to obey the themes as other apps do?

  40. Proshno says:

    I downloaded the current version on Windows 10 (up-to-date), but the option to “Hide labels” on taskbar does not work. I just want the “Never combine, Hide labels” option to work.

    Thank you.

  41. John says:

    A few days ago my computer updated to the Anniversary Update and so now I came to check for the updated 7TT and I grabbed it and get an error on installation. First time I ran it I had the option to Reinstall/Uninstall. I chose Reinstall since I would be overwriting the previous. Thats when I got the error. Now when I try to run it I dont get the option to Reinstall/Uninstall. It just proceeds to the location then when I hit next the error msg pops up.

    This is the error:

    I do have appropriate permissions and have even created the folder again and taken ownership to be sure.
    Might be something to note too that when I uninstalled the previous one, the files didnt disappear like they should have. I chose to leave the settings box unchecked too during the uninstall.
    Ive also even tried installing the beta thats out but that gives the same problem. Ive also restarted since uninstalling as well.

  42. Giang says:

    Left click on empty space.

    In Advanced Options -> Mouse Button Control,
    I add new “emptyspace|lclick” to name and data is 2 value, but “left click on empty space” does not work. Can you recheck.

    Thank you!

  43. Richard says:

    I was wondering if all the settings that has been tweaked will be restored when you uninstall the program, and if not, is there a method to have the settings restored to the way they were before?

  44. Mark says:

    Can this restore the “recently used” files when you right click on some of the pinned taskbar icons? Things like Word, Media Players and such. It was removed in Anniversary Update and I found it to be quite useful.



    • Mark says:

      Ignore me, found the option now. Didn’t realise they were called “Jump Lists” and its in the settings, off by default for some reason.

  45. Alexandre says:

    Suggestion for the ‘list mode’ display of the Explorer windows:
    It displays either the name of the folder or the full path (depending on Explorer’s settings).
    Is it possible to imagine a limited path mode, where we could chose to display the last 1/2/3/4 (customisable) elements in the path?
    It would help me to browse in the list, since I order my projects in domain/year/project name/sub-folder structure.

  46. Joel says:

    Hi! Just wanted to say that your Taskbar tweaker is the best thing since sliced bread! Lightweight, millions of options, good documentation. Gonna donate later!

    I use a lot of the tweaks and especially the function to split the same appid to two apps on the taskbar, looking at you Matlab 😀

    I have a vertical taskbar. One thing that would be nice to implement is to be able to disable the “day of the week” that shows up when the taskbar is in standard width. I have to activate the option to rezise the taskbar width and make it very thin to make the day of the week go away and just leave time and date stacked on eachother.

    Another suggestion would be to implement a possibility to reduce the vertical padding between the “action center” icon and the time/date. And reduce the vertical padding between the time/date and the notification icons.

    Thank you so so much for a great program!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:


      Thank you for the feedback.

      I have a vertical taskbar. One thing that would be nice to implement is to be able to disable the “day of the week” that shows up when the taskbar is in standard width. I have to activate the option to rezise the taskbar width and make it very thin to make the day of the week go away and just leave time and date stacked on eachother.

      Currently, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t have tray clock customization options, except for adding the seconds. You might want to try the T-Clock program, which was designed just for that.

      Another suggestion would be to implement a possibility to reduce the vertical padding between the “action center” icon and the time/date. And reduce the vertical padding between the time/date and the notification icons.

      I’ve got several suggestions about the new notifications icon. Controlling the padding is one of them. I might get to it one day…

  47. Kris says:


    I am just in the midst of installing and was wondering if 7tt allows someone on windows 10 to make two rows of pinned items? Similar to how icons (ie date, time) will make 2 or 3 rows as you stretch the task bar up?

    My current understanding is that they don’t make two rows automatically because they simply “expand” where they are, and once a row fills up then they move to the second row, etc. Does 7tt allow some sort of loop around this and/or is it relatively easy to do?

    Thanks ahead of time,


  48. Me says:


    After a new update from windows, I get a “Cannot load librarie (107)” error. The program works but one things seems not to: “Drag within/between groups using right mouse button”.

    As it’s the main reason I installed this amazing app, it is a bit sad!

    I hope you will be able to have this fixed 🙂

    Thank you so much for this app, this simple option only save me some time everyday!

  49. Aiman says:

    Hello, I notice you implemented the “virtual_desktop_order_fix” option. I use a 3rd party program “DexPot” for virtual desktops, because it has more functionality than the default one that comes with Windows 10. This bug still exists with DexPot (the programs in the Taskbar get re-arranged when switching between my Desktops in DexPot).

    Can you please try it out and see if you can do a compatibility fix with this? Thanks so much!

  50. Jay says:

    I’m wondering if it’s possible to un-group one program out of a group if they are all combined. If I hover over them, I can right click and drag them out, but if I have that option off (I have it off because then I can’t do a mouse shortcut I made to double click to restore all windows in a group) then I don’t know how to un-group a certain program from the task bar. I tried dragging them from the thumbnail previews, but that didn’t work. Thank you!

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