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: v5.7

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.57 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.7.0.3
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:


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 shouldnโ€™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.


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.

4,782 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Yu says:


    I was wondering if is there any way to make the taskbar thinner when it is placed at top or at the bottom of the screen, I dont mind if I only can see a half part of the icons, I wanna make it half it thickness.

    As always thanks for the great work.

  2. Tom says:

    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for a great software!

    On windows 7
    The Start button is wider than the taskbar on left side with small Icons,
    Any way to fix this?

    See attached picture:

    Thank you very much!

  3. Brandon says:

    Love the taskbar tweaker for the little things! Removal of start button and wasted gaps, scrolling for volume… it’s a nice little productivity tool!

    If I might suggest a minor addition; is it possible to add a setting so that when you right click the volume system tray icon (in Windows 10) you can get a shortcut to the windows control panel sound options (the same one that opens in Windows 8.1 and earlier)?

    Anyhow… thanks for the program, sorry for only being a fly on the wall! ^_^

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I believe that should be possible, just not very intuitive to achieve. Try applying the technique in my reply here with the “volumeicon” target element of the Mouse Button Control options. I believe that the command you’re looking for is: “control /name Microsoft.Sound”.

      Let me know if you need more help with this.

  4. Bob says:

    Is there any way to group programs under my own category, such as Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Animate or my ebook readers under my category named eBook Readers? I have tried combining, but they don’t combine. I have tried grouping, but can’t get them grouped. There has got to be a way to do this, but I can’t seem to figure it out. And whatever is in the taskbar inspector is beyond me to figure out.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      You can use the “Drag within/between groups using right mouse button” option or use Taskbar Inspector for the task.

      And whatever is in the taskbar inspector is beyond me to figure out.

      There’s a help file which comes with the tweaker that you can use to help you.

  5. Bob says:

    I tried the drag within/between groups but couldn’t get anything to work.
    Nothing dragged, so how is this supposed to work exactly?

  6. Bob says:

    First of all…how do you group items together, such as all my Bible apps or all my eBook apps or all my Graphic apps.
    That is what I want to do is to group apps together.
    Does your program allow that, and if so, how?

  7. Bob says:

    OK…I watched your demo and the settings you have there do not match what I have. For one, I do not have the “Force combining group items.” I have “Group by Application ID (default),” “Don’t Group,” “When not grouping, place new items next to the existing ones,” “Don’t group pinned items,” “Drag within/between groups using right mouse button.”
    So even when I tried to follow your video, I still could not group items into my own groups.

  8. SC says:

    Hi Michael,

    is it somehow possible to configure multiple, permanently displayed, columns in the vertical taskbar?
    On my 4K widescreen would be enough unused space for a 2-column vertical taskbar, the scrolling between the button pages is very annoying …

    Very thanks for your great support! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best regards, Steffen

  9. SC says:

    As first relief:
    Is it possible to move the taskbar buttons between the vertical button pages?

  10. Kurt Willey says:

    “Cylance Protect” has flagged + Taskbar Tweaker as malware and it can no longer run on my corporate Laptop.

  11. kofifus says:

    Hi, thanks for amazing SW ! with the “Hovering – show thumbnails preview” option is it possible to have the option to eliminate the delay before the thumbs preview appear ? (or make it as short as possible) Thanks!

  12. WindLife365 says:

    Hello, when I merge the icon of the taskbar, it is difficult to find the window I want. Can you develop a function that I can color the window as I wish? Thanks

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      It was suggested before to allow to customize a group’s text or icon. Adding a color is a similar suggestion. Due to low demand and high complexity of this feature, I don’t plan to implement it for now, but I’ll keep it in mind. Thanks for the feedback.

      • Stefane says:

        I’ve been using 7+ Taskbar Tweaker for about 2 weeks now and it’s absolutely amazing. I think this question is the same one I want to ask, but I’m not sure, so I’ll ask it also. I’m looking to change the color of the active window on the Taskbar. Windows 10 highlights the active window in light gray, and it’s almost imperceptible. Would it be possible to implement an option to choose the color of the active window shown on the Taskbar?

        Thanks, Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Stick says:

    Hi Michael … Stock Vista has a very useful feature where I can quickly press down multiple taskbar buttons by keeping Ctrl down & clicking any button, and each button stays pressed after click. Then for example, I could release Ctrl and right-click any pressed button, choose “Close Group” from the context popup, and that would close all the selected buttons, regardless what application they belong to.

    It seems that in stock Win7 this ctrl-click has changed function and now cycles through a grouped set of buttons, when automatic grouping is ON.

    In my application, I don’t use automatic grouping, and I could not find a way to enable this nice function on my (old style) linear taskbar with your software on Win7. Is there a way to do it?


  14. Anixx says:

    A possibility to return the classic taskbar height of 28px?

    In Windows versions NT 3.51 to Win8.1 as well as Win9x when using the Classic theme the taskbar was 28px thick.

    Now, on Win10 the taskbar thickness is 30px always. When people theme the taskbar for the Windows Classic theme, it still remains 30px.

    I wonder, if it possible add a feature to make the taskbar 28px thick?

  15. Anixx says:

    Also, an ability to use subpixel hinting on taskbar?

    In Windows 10, the tskbar always uses greyscale anti-aliasing. Is it possible to force subpixel hinting?

    Again, the same screenshot for comparison:

  16. WInsiderUser says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker does not seem to be compatible with the latest build of Windows 10 Insider Preview (18956). It had worked on earlier builds, but I’m not sure which build it stopped working in.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I’ve installed the build, and it works for me:

      Perhaps one of the options is not compatible, I didn’t try them all. Please try disabling your options until it works.

      • WInsiderUser says:

        It was a failed to load library error, but I figured out the problem. Despite my access code being in my ini file, for some reason I was on instead of I must have accidentally downgraded the exe file on accident at some point while swapping over machines.

        Sorry about that.

  17. Alexey says:



    Please, compile and share your project https://github.com/m417z/taskbar-resize

    I have not compile to exe your project https://github.com/m417z/taskbar-resize , then start on Windows 7 x86 or x64

  18. salvo says:

    Dear Michael
    thank you for your works… ftuitful

    I am writing to ask wether your Portable version is available for stable version (namely not beta) and
    in such a case, can you give us the download URL?

    I appreciate


    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Salvo,

      Yes, it’s the link above (this one). Note that the portable and the non-portable versions are contained in the same file, you just need to select the desired mode during setup. See the FAQ above for more details and a screenshot.

      • Salvo says:

        I apologize
        Actually I was trying a first time but I did not noted the combo selection

        I will test your sw



        • Salvo says:

          Very nice!
          I like your utility which has a pletora of peculiar features. Much more than what I needed. After I carefully read your help window I understood that what you call “Group” is not what I intent.

          I simply wish to add mine personal icon (lets say “Browsers”) so that when I point it opens a menu where I can choose among a sub-list (reminiscent to what you whould call “combined”) with for instance Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave and so on.

          I hope you are the most appropriate person to address my problem therefore I look forward for your suggestions

          POST scriptum: FYK – Let me note a small drwabak: the check box which change the minute showed in the current time actually does the opposite of what it says on the form. This can be explained just because of the translation in italian (?)

          • RaMMicHaeL says:

            I simply wish to add mine personal icon […] with for instance Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave and so on.

            You can use the โ€œDrag within/between groups using right mouse buttonโ€ option or use Taskbar Inspector for the task. Read the description here and see the video in that post. Hopefully it will answer your questions.

            the check box which change the minute showed in the current time actually does the opposite of what it says on the form

            I don’t speak Italian, and the translation wasn’t made by me. I assume that you’re referring to the option which is called in English: “Display seconds on the tray clock” (Italian: “Mostra i secondi nell’orologio del tray”).
            If you have a better translation, feel free to offer it.

  19. U says:

    Tnx, man!
    I am using this only for “Don’t combine grouped buttons”, and this options is great!

  20. Gurra says:

    Hey! I really like 7tt so thank you for creating this ^^
    Just one little request thou, I’m really annoyed by the small line under/next to the buttons on the taskbar, is it possible for you to add some option in 7tt to remove it? ๐Ÿ™‚
    (I know it’s there for a reason, but I don’t really use that reason so)

  21. TheGardner says:

    Hi Michael,

    any chance about a function to change the Windows10 mode (light/dark) over days (light) and night (dark)?

    Cheers & Thanks

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